"Place de la Liberation" Nefta Things to Do Tip by maykal

Nefta Things to Do: 17 reviews and 50 photos

  Place de la Liberation, Nefta
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  • Place de la Liberation, Nefta - Nefta
      Place de la Liberation, Nefta
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  • Place de la Liberation, Nefta - Nefta
      Place de la Liberation, Nefta
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  • Place de la Liberation, Nefta - Nefta
      Place de la Liberation, Nefta
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  • Place de la Liberation at night, Nefta - Nefta
      Place de la Liberation at night, Nefta
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The heart of the old quarter of Oueled ech-Cherif is this shady palm-filled square, surrounded by old brick houses. On one side is the Hotel Habib (where I stayed...see Hotel tip), and on the other, a large cafe with many tables outside, a great place for a wake-up espresso or people watching in the late afternoon. It's a sleepy sort of place, except when the tour buses arrive, and suddenly the square whirs into action. Postcard sellers appear from nowhere, shops burst out onto the street with souvenirs blocking the pavement, and every other person seems to be selling desert roses. Tour buses don't stay long though, just enough time to haggle over a stuffed camel and sip a mint tea and everyone is back on the bus, the square hastily packing up and all is peaceful again. During tourist hour, there is a fair amount of hassle, but once the tour buses have gone off to the oasis, everyone is back to their friendly selves again. Stay a couple of days, and people start recognizing you, waving and asking after your health as you pass.

Address: Oueled ech-Cherif, Nefta
Directions: As you enter the quarter from the main road, look out for the maps drawn above the archways. The lanes twist and turn, but as long as you keep going roughly straight on, you'll hit the square.

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  • Written Apr 10, 2009
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