Timimoun is known across the Sahara for its splendour of its gardens and the mystery of these names with marine sounds: Aguelman (lake), El Mers (the port), El Mersa (the harbour), from the time of this ancient lake, dead centuries ago. Today there is still plenty of water flowing through the canals of one of the most brilliant man-made irrigation systems, unique in the world, the foggaras. This abundance, accompanied by exhausting maintenance work, allows the birth of vegetable gardens

bright, vines, fig trees, almond trees … A true paradise that the population of diverse origins (Haratines, Zénètes, Chaâmbas, Chorfas, etc.) strives to preserve.

Timimoun is also the famous S’boue festival, a farandole of music, dance and sacred songs, started on the day of Mouloud and ended six days later (the s’boue, or seventh day) as an apotheosis in El Hafra, near the mausoleum of Sidi El Hadj Belkacem, in the presence of thousands of spectators from zaouïas from all over the region.

El Meniâa A vast oasis located north-east of Timimoun, overlooked by an old and famous ksar, El Meniâa was founded on the site of the ancient Zenit Taourit (9th to 11th centuries). Its large palm grove is irrigated by artesian wells dug in the bed of the Sougueur wa