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International Festival of Sahara

International Festival of Sahara

For over a century, the International Festival of the Sahara has proven that it is possible to throw a party in one the harshest of environments on earth. The festival is the largest and most well-known in the country of Tunisia, and attracts visitors from across Northern Africa and around the world.

The festival is situated in the middle of the rolling sand dunes, in and around the small town of Douz, the so called “Gateway to the Sahara” (the world’s largest desert outside of the polar regions). While the festival is held in the desert, temperatures at this time of year usually range from 40 to 60°F (5 to 15°C). On arrival, you might be thinking the landscape seems strangely familiar—and you would be right as the surrounding desert was used as the backdrop for Star Wars, the movie.