Farafra’s only town, Qasr Al-Farafra is one of the few spots in the Western Desert still reluctant to the invasion of concrete. It is a quiet and relaxing place, which represents most of what it has to offer tourists.

 

The small town is a maze of remains of old mud-brick houses and ruins of the old Roman fortress that had been built initially to protect the caravan route that traversed the Western Desert of Egypt from East to West. Take a walk about this medieval town to take in hundreds of years of history. 

 

Al-Qasr has been standing there for as far as thousand years, but most of what remains to see to this day is about 500 to 800 years old. Walking through the narrow alleys, you’ll explore traditional buildings dedicated to various purposes such as an olive press, a mill and an oven, a madrassaand stables.