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Al Qaşr

Practical information on Al Qaşr

  • Viewpoint
  • Desert
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
12.5 miles from Mut by 4x4
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Al Qaşr

Latéfa Faïz Seasoned Traveller
109 written opinions

Al Qasr is a fabulous medieval Ottoman city located at the Dakhla Oasis.

My suggestion:
Play at being amateur archaeologists and search for fossilised shark teeth, which can be found scattered on the ground on the northern part of the Al Qasr plateau.
My review

With its pink limestone cliffs, its lush vegetation and its shallow waddies (rivers) crisscrossing their way along the plateau, the experience of going walking just a few metres from the dunes at Al Qasr is one I recommend. The panoramic views you get over the whole Dakhlas Oasis from the heights of Al Qasr are simply breathtaking.

Spend some time strolling and wandering around the old town in Al Qasr . I enjoyed the architecture of the little covered streets there, which protect the local inhabitants (around 100 people) from sandstorms, and help keep the place cooler in the summer to an extent. The very beautiful acacia wood lintels you'll see everywhere here mark the entrances to Al Qasr's ancient houses. Take a closer look at the inscriptions on them; they include the name of the carpenter, that of the owner, the date the building was built, and verses from the Koran used to bless the house and its residents.

I recommend visiting Al Qasr's ancient religious buildings, especially the mausoleum of Sheikh Nasr El Din, with its splendid lintel, and the Nasr El Din Mosque for its 69 ft high clay brick minaret dating back to the 12th century.