"Old Kebili" Kebili by barryg23
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After spending a couple of days in Douz we were ready to continue our journey across southern Tunisia. Our plan was to drive across the Chott el-Jerid (salt lake), supposedly one of Tunisia's most fascinating sights, to Tozeur. Our first stop was at Kebili, which is about an hour's drive north of Douz, and is the last major stop before the Salt Lake.
Like many towns in Southern Tunisia, Kebili can be divided into old and new parts. The new town has grown in recent years following the decline and eventual abandonment of the older town, in 1980. I don't know why Old Kebili was abandoned though my guess is that shops, restaurants and other businesses developed around Boulevard de l'Environnement and Avenue Bourguiba, the roads connecting Kebili to Douz and elsewhere, and that people gradually moved out in search of money.
"New" Kebili is a similar sized town to Douz though it has much fewer attractions for visitors. There isn't a whole lot to see in the town, and with few restaurants or hotels most visitors don't linger. The few restaurants that were there didn't look tooappealing.
We thought it might make an interesting detour to visit the abandoned old town so we stocked up on picnic provisions in the New Town (a trickier task than it sounds) and then drove out through the oasis to Old Kebili.
- Pros:Lovely abandoned old town in the oasis
Many towns in Tunisia have interesting monuments/architecture on the road near their entrance. In Kebili there was a... more travel advice
Old Kebili is completely deserted. We could see some builders in the distance working on a site but other than that we... more travel advice
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