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Introducing Tozeur

Tozeur makes an excellent base for longer forays into the surrounding area, including the mesmerising Chott el-Jerid, Tunisia's largest salt lake, and the mountain oases to the north. Bounded on one side by an enormous palmeraie and with the desolate snow-white expanse of salt on the other, the town feels at once far-flung and urban and lively. It's easy to spend a few days here occupied by the labyrinthine old quarter, Ouled el-Hadef, and the cool, winding paths of the palmeraie. The post-revolution drop in tourists has hit this town particularly hard, with many hotels shutting down in 2011–12. But a large range of accommodation still exists and prices can be highly negotiable (including day rates at 5-star properties, where you'll have no trouble nabbing a sunlounger by the pool).