Metlili Chaamba

Metlili Chaamba is a small town located in the Ghardaia Province of Algeria. It is known for its picturesque desert landscapes and unique traditional architecture. The town's economy is primarily based on agriculture, with dates being a particularly important crop.

The local population is predominantly Berber, contributing to the town's rich cultural heritage.

Key Phrases

Speak like a local

  • "مرحبا" - hello
  • "شكرا" - thank you
  • "ماء" - water
  • "مطعم" - restaurant
  • "سلام" - peace

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring the Oasis

morning:Start your day with a visit to the Palm Grove for a peaceful walk through the lush greenery. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding desert landscapes. Don't miss the chance to have a traditional Algerian breakfast at Café Chaamba.

afternoon:Visit the local market to experience the vibrant bustle and shop for some unique souvenirs. Continue your explorations with a leisurely tour of the Amazra Park, where you can unwind and appreciate the natural beauty. Enjoy a delightful lunch at Restaurant Gourara.

evening:In the evening, head over to Cafe Metlili to indulge in some delicious local cuisine. Afterwards, explore the lively atmosphere of Djebel Nador for a night-out with music and entertainment.

day 2

Cultural Delights

morning:Embark on a journey through history with a visit to the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region and learn about traditional crafts. Enjoy a delightful breakfast at Café Tifra.

afternoon:Discover the architectural wonders of the Mosque of Metlili Chaamba with its intricate designs and serene ambiance. Take a stroll around the historic Kasbah and soak in the ancient charm of the area. Savor an authentic Algerian meal at Restaurant Sahara.

evening:Experience a night of local music and dance at the cultural center, Maison de la Culture Mokhtar Soussi, for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and community spirit.

day 3

Outdoor Adventure

morning:Embark on an exhilarating adventure with a mountain biking excursion in the breathtaking desert surroundings. Explore the rugged terrain and marvel at the natural beauty. Refuel with a hearty breakfast at Café El Awda.

afternoon:Continue the adrenaline rush with an off-road 4x4 tour through the stunning dunes and valleys. Take in the panoramic views and discover the hidden treasures of the desert. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Restaurant El Baraka.

evening:Unwind and socialize at Café La Chergui, where you can relax with a refreshing drink and share stories of your day's adventures with fellow travelers.

day 4

Wellness and Relaxation

morning:Indulge in a rejuvenating morning yoga session at a tranquil spot surrounded by nature. Take deep breaths and find your inner calm. Treat yourself to a nourishing breakfast at Café Gourara.

afternoon:Pamper yourself with a visit to a local hammam for a soothing and revitalizing spa experience. Feel the tension melt away as you indulge in a traditional massage. Enjoy a light and healthy lunch at Restaurant Mzab.

evening:Conclude your day with a serene walk around the beautiful Chore located close to the city, offering stunning views of the sunset. Cap off your day with a relaxing evening at the Cafeteria Oasis, sipping on refreshing beverages and soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.

Metlili Chaamba Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes


A staple of Algerian cuisine, couscous is often served with a rich stew of meat and vegetables, creating a hearty and satisfying dish. It can be savored at traditional eateries like Restaurant El Fahim.



Mechoui is a succulent spit-roasted lamb, seasoned with fragrant spices. For an authentic taste of this tender delicacy, visit the Mechoui stand at the Metlili Chaamba market.


Brik is a delectable savory pastry filled with ingredients such as eggs, tuna, and herbs, then lightly fried. Indulge in this crispy treat at Café Oasis in the city center.

Photography Spots in Metlili Chaamba

Locations for the best views and photo opportunities

Tassili n'Ajjer National Park

Known for its stunning rock formations and ancient rock art, offering breathtaking views and excellent photo opportunities.

Guelta d'Archei

A natural rock pool in the Sahara Desert known for its picturesque scenery and the opportunity to capture unique desert landscapes.

Dunes of Taghit

Massive sand dunes that provide a perfect backdrop for photography, especially during sunrise or sunset.

Seasonal Advice

Best times to visit and what to expect in different seasons

Spring (March to May)

Spring is a great time to visit Metlili Chaamba, with mild temperatures and blooming landscapes. It's the perfect time for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring the surrounding areas.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn brings pleasant weather to Metlili Chaamba, making it a good time for sightseeing and cultural experiences. The temperatures are comfortably cool, and the landscape is still lush from the summer months.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Metlili Chaamba Market

The vibrant market offers a feast for the senses, with an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and street food stalls. Here, one can sample an assortment of grilled meats, flatbreads, and aromatic tagines.

Rue des Palmiers Street Food

Wander down Rue des Palmiers to discover a bustling street food scene, featuring vendors offering an assortment of Algerian delights, including savory msemen, grilled merguez sausages, and sweet fig pastries.

Pet sitters in Metlili Chaamba

Relax and unwind while your furry friend enjoys making a new companion!

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