Ghardaia is a fascinating Algerian town situated at the heart of M'zab valley. Extremely authentic and rich in history, tradition, culture, religion and architecture, it is a part of a pentapolis built thousands of years ago in the M'zab valley, which is rightfully a UNESCO World Heritage site and an ancient place of world significance. Of the five towns in the valley, this desert town is the biggest and the final destination before you plunge into the Sahara, the world's hottest desert. Created around the venerated Daia Ghar(Daia Cave), the fortified town was established in the 11th century by a Muslim Ibadi sect called the Mozabites. At the core of the spectacular Mozabite area lies the pyramid-style mosque surrounded by distinctive red, white and pink clay houses that rise in arcades and terraces, offering a visual feast. If you are planning to visit this capital town of M'zab, you can find a cheap flight to Ghardaia at the click of a button. Our online flight comparison tool will swiftly allow you to book a Ghardaia flight within your budget.
The picturesque view of the town from atop the hill is a sight to behold. Don't be surprised if you find yourself snapping away endlessly at the striking Mozabite desert architecture. A visit to the date farm that has a centuries-old irrigation system is sure to leave you speechless. You will be amazed at how the Mozabites transformed a hostile environment in the absolute centre of the desert into a fertile land suitable for growing date palms, luxurious gardens and orchards. The old mosques are yet another architectural wonder. Built underground to protect worshippers from the blazing sun, these unique medieval structures are worth a visit. Strolling around the charming old market(Souk) on the main square is a great way to watch daily local life unfold. The market is also popular for its coarse goat hair carpets, ideal for keepsakes and gifts. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the traditionally dressed one-eyed white women passing through the alleys. The beguiling sight is unlikely to fade from your memory. If you are a lover of spicy food, then try their harissa - the traditional hot red paste is an ideal accompaniment for couscous.