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A view of the souk (market) of Tataouine.

The town itself isn't very interesting. It is rather new, with no monuments or really interesting views to see. It only gained importance when the French decided making it the administrative centre of most of the desertic Southern Tunisia, less than 100 years ago, when they ruled the country as a protectorate. It lies on the middle of some desert low hills and I guess most of the tourists it receives are just passing by on their way to the rather more interesting and scenic Berber hill villages like Chenini or Douiret, ksars like Ksar el Ferch, Ksar Haddada and others, or just seeing the expanses of the rocky desert.

But like any desert town of North Africa, the souk is always an interesting place to wander around and mingling a bit with the sellers when you feel enough psychological strength to not ending with a bunch of spices, teas, dates, ceramic artefacts, roses du sable and many other stuff that you won't find any use whatsoever. :-D

Those bags contain mostly spices, tea and dried fruits and those little towers are dried chillies, used to make a popular and very hot sauce called harissa. If you happen to like hot spicy sauces and visit Tunisia, don't forget to take home a jar of that. It doesn't need to be a big one, as it is so hot that a small jar will last for years.

Web links to more info: Wikipedia, Lexicorient.

Location (latitude, longitude): 32.9314,10.4484

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16-March update: Following batalay's and vincz's suggestions, I posted a cropped version as a WS. I think that those were rather useful suggestions, as I find that cropped version nicer than this post.

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