Douz is a small town in southern Tunisia known as the "gateway to the Sahara". During ancient times, it was the largest oasis in the region. Until recently, it was an important stop for caravans on their journeys between the Sahara and northern Tunisia. It is also home to the Museum of the Sahara a fascinating assortment portraying Saharan life. It is currently a destination of many tourists visiting the dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental. On Thursday, the city hosts one of the most characteristic markets of the country where often handicrafts are sold but also goats, horses, sheeps and camels. In November or December, this town hosts the International Festival of the Sahara a four-day celebration that showcases the traditional nomadic desert culture.