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Introducing Douz

Douz is a modern, functional oasis, and but an introduction to the wonders to the south, namely the Grand Erg Oriental. The sleepy town comes alive after dark – people are open and friendly, accustomed to the fact that the local economy is largely dependent on groups of foreigners turning giddy at the prospect of riding a camel. There are several hotels in the town centre that cater to independent travellers. Every Thursday, the souq is home to a colourful weekly market, where the last of Tunisia's nomadic camel herders come to trade. It's worth arranging to be here just to see it. The palmeraie, at the town's edge, is the largest in the country: more than 400,000 trees slice into the fierce sunlight.