Tozeur

Tozeur

Tozeur is an oasis and a city in southwest Tunisia. The city is located northwest of Chott el-Djerid, in between this Chott and the smaller Chott el-Gharsa. It is the capital of the Tozeur Governorate.

With hundreds of thousands of palm trees, Tozeur is a large oasis. The dates that are exported from Tozeur are very well known. In ancient times, before the advent of motorized vehicles, the oasis was important for  transportation through the Sahara, which took place in caravans. The name of the city in antiquity was Tusuro;, it was an important Roman outpost.

In the medina (old city) of Tozeur, one can find traditional architecture, fashion, and workmanship. Like elsewhere in Tunisia, the local population is generally very hospitable towards tourists, and there are also many tourist facilities. From Tozeur, one can make trips on a camel, explore the Sahara Desert, and get to know the Chott el-Djerid, where one can see Fata Morgana's.

Tozeur, and the Jerid region (named after the leaf of the Palm tree), is very famous for its yellow/brownish brick architecture as well as its fascinating patterns in simple and rich geometric designs which form the façades of most buildings in the old city and the new tourist zone. The old town of Ouled El Hwadef is an exquisite example of the local brick work. Mandated by the local government, the old town narrow streets, walls, and facades were decorated with bricks resulting is one of the most distinct and beautiful architectural styles of Tunisia. This work took more than ten years to complete and the result is a must-see when one visits the town.

Information based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tozeur