An hour's drive from Tozeur, Chebika is perched on the slopes of a group of desolate rocks. Built with stones and earth, the houses have been abandoned for more modern breeze-block structures at the foot of the slopes. A crucial element in the building of any village in the country is the availability of water; here it is in the form of springs which have helped to develop a full oasis at the foot of the ancient homes of Chebika. At sunset, there is a striking contrast between the green tops of the palm trees and the ochre peaks of the surrounding area.
The Chebika oasis is bisected by a fault which was created by water and erosion.© Easyvoyage.com
Despite the dry climate which surrounds Chebika and its region, water and life forms still abound here.© Igor Groshev / 123RF
A spring gushes over the mountains to end up in a basin formed by the rock.© Igor Groshev / 123RF
The lush vegetation of the Chebika oasis offers a striking contrast to the deserted and dry stretches of desert.© Igor Groshev / 123RF
Chebika was once part of the Limes defensive line. The Romans used huge mirrors to signal each other.© Letizia Giuffrida / 123RF