"El Goléa, the 300,000 palm trees oasis" El Golea by JLBG

El Golea Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 28 photos

El-Goléa, a city of 28,000 inhabitants (2005), is 270 km south to Ghardaïa, the capital of the Wilaya. It appears on road signs either as El-Goléa or as El-Minieh. Both names mean “the fortress”.

El-Goléa is made of three parts :
- the ksar (fort) on top of an isolated rock,
- the village and
- the oasis, a palm trees grove. It is sometimes called the three hundred thousands palm trees oasis.

It is the last main city before Tamanrasset, 900 km south, as the crow flies.

In Tamanrasset, houses and walls are ochre, in Timimoun, they are red, in the M’zab, they are painted in blue. In El Goléa, they are painted white.

  • Last visit to El Golea: Apr 1988
  • Intro Updated Mar 5, 2007
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  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    Lovely description of this pretty place, Jean- Louis.Views from Ksar stunning. And I absolutely agree about the 'camel'. Good photographs.

  • Jul 14, 2008 at 4:04 AM

    Another interstng village-place in Algeria.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    The ksar looks great were it is on top of a hill and the view from there with all the palmtrees is impressive!

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Another well done page!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2007 at 7:27 AM

    A very interesting page on El Golea with its huge oasis and those nearby 'mesas'! Your Land Rover looks very nice and well-prepared for the trip. It seems I've some catching up to do on your pages!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2007 at 11:04 PM

    Interesting tips on “buttes témoin” and “gour”. We need someome who can translate it into English haha.

  • Beograd's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2007 at 2:16 AM

    How do you find the time and patience to build so many pages? You truly deserve the ranking you have :))

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Seems to be quite a desolate area Jean-Louis. I can't imagine how people survive in such conditions.

  • Feb 24, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    I love how you always manage to capture the true spirit of a place & the soul of its people. When abroad, I try to emulate the standard you have set.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 5:42 AM

    Jean-Louis, anyway you managed to 'catch' the moula moula. Great to see your pictures of El Golea. I didn't hardly take pictures here. How I wished to go south to In Salah instead of going back north to El Golea coming from Timimoun.

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