El Golea Algeria is a beautiful, lush oasis town in central Algeria and the gateway to the Sahara in the south. Situated 300 km (186 mi) south of M’zab, and 400 km (249 mi) north of In Salah, El Golea Algeria offers the best water in the country as well as a wide range of first-class agricultural products. Unlike most oases, which produce only dates, El Golea also offers plums, peaches, apricots, cherries, oranges and figs.
The city of Ghardaia was founded in the 10th century when Berber tribes settled here and well-preserved ruins of their fortifications can still found on the hills surrounding the oasis. A devoutly Islamic city, the women can be seen wandering through the over 200,000 date palm trees, completely covered by their robes apart from a single eye peering out through a triangular opening.
Highlights of the El Golea Algeria city include the tomb of Marabont Moulay Hass, a gentleman who made three pilgrimages to Mecca – a triple hadj. A local custom in his honour is to drive around the tomb three times. Also interesting to see is the series of rock carvings in the Atlas Saharien created more than 5,000 years ago. Images include cape buffaloes, elephants, hippos, giraffes and other animals long since extinct in northern Africa. The animals represented prove that this area was once a much wetter place.
About 2 km (1.2 mi) south from the oasis is the first Catholic church to be built in the Sahara, which was consecrated in 1938. Charles de Foucauld, a priest who wanted to bring Christianity to this part of Africa, is buried here.
A lush oasis town in Central Algeria.
300 km (186 mi) south of M’zab and 400 km (249 mi) north of in Salah
This is a devoutly Islamic city and women should remain covered.