Algeria Travel Guide: TaghitTaghit, situated in the far west of the Grand Erg Occidental, is reputed to be one of the most beautiful oases in the entire Sahara.
The desert town of Taghit, just under 95 km south of Bechar, is known for its imposing sand dunes and 11th century ksar. Close by are the rock carvings of Tahtania, which rank as some of the most ancient to be found anywhere in the Sahara, perhaps up to 20,000 years old.
Taghit also forms part of what is known as the "Ksour Route", a UNESCO project that is designed to combat poverty by protecting the region's heritage (including the local mud-brick architecture() by means of responsible and sustainable tourism. The Ksour themselves were fortified villages that served as trading and religious centres in the 11th and 12th centuries to meet the needs of caravans crossing the Sahara.
For much more information on holidays and vacations in the Algerian Sahara, please visit our Sahara in Focus pages.
To read a little about some desert gardens near Tamanrasset, why not visit Gardens in the Sahara?