Guermessa is a mountain ruined Berber village along the hilltop to the west of Tataouine. It stretched across two peaks connected together with a narrow causeway. One can view remains of a fortress above of the peaks. Interestingly, locals' houses spread over the hills and are always freshly aired. Guermessa is the third, and least known mountain village to the west of Tataouine. Guermessa is the type of village that served several purposes at the same time. Building up in the mountain, with the mountains as part of the houses made them cooler, and at the same time the mountains also protected the inhabitants from villains. Today, old Guermessa is almost totally abandoned.