Only 1km from the Algerian border (the National Guard has a customs post on the road to the border), Midès is perched high above a dramatic gorge that was previously employed as the town’s southern fortification. The gorge has been used as a setting for many movies, including The English Patient. If you have time it’s worth walking down into the canyon; if not, the views from above are stunning. It's a deservedly popular stop for tour groups.
A good road connects this small oasis village to Tamerza only 6km away; however, a more adventurous route between the two is the 4.5km hike that passes through some stunning scenery, including some tight passages in one of the gorges. Because of its proximity to the Algerian border, check in advance if police are likely to allow you to make the hike yourself.