Introducing Qasr al-Farafra
The only real town in Farafra Oasis, Qasr al-Farafra remains a barely developed speck on the Western Desert circuit, though it’s in the process of getting a facelift. The town’s tumbledown Roman fortress was originally built to guard this part of the desert caravan route, though these days all it has to show for it is a mound of rubble.
Some small, mudbrick houses still stand here, their doorways secured with medieval peg locks and their walls painted with verses of the Quran. The main reason for stopping is to visit the White Desert. It’s also a good place to buy camel hair socks, scarves and gloves, which are sold around town.