Timbuktu is a city in Mali, located in the western Africa
This city used to be the intellectual and spiritual capital of Islam in the 15th and 16th centuries
Timbuktu is famous for its three great mosques namely Djinguereber, Sankoré, and Sidi Yahiya Mosque
Visit other tourist attractions such as Centre De Récherches Historiques Ahmad Baba and Heinrich Barth's House in the downtown
Grande Marche and Arawane Couture are for shopping souvenirs or local products
For culinary tour, try its authentic Alabadjia
For sightseeing, visit Djinguereber Mosque, a city landmark built in the 13th century. There is a forest of 100 sturdy pillars and rooms with holes in the wall at ground level. Also, visit the Sankoré Mosque, one of the ancient learning centers in Timbuktu built in the 16th century. Here, tourists can learn about the history of the mosque.
Centre De Récherches Historiques Ahmad Baba is a historical place where you can see about 23.000 Islamic texts from all over the world. Its oldest manuscript is from the 12th century. In downtown Timbuktu, there is Heinrich Barth's House. It's where Heinrich Barth stayed before returning to Europe. This tiny museum is located at the East of Sidi Yahiya Mosque. Here, tourists can see Barth's drawings and writings.
Grande Marche is Timbuktu's local market located in the downtown. It's the place where locals trade goods. Tourists can also find souvenirs like leather goods. For a better shopping experience, it's recommended to visit Arawane Couture. It's a shop that sells local clothing brands for souvenirs.
The authentic cuisine in Timbuktu is Alabadjia. It's a traditional Nomad meaty food seasoned with Ghee, a traditional butter and mixed with pre-cooked rice. Al Kefta or meatballs in sauce is another authentic Timbuktu cuisine. For the drink, Timbuktu has Ataye (green tea) to offer.
French is the official language in Mali. But, Timbuktu people also speak Koyra Chiini, a Songhay language. Most Timbuktu people are Muslim. For the culture, this city has many historical Islamic sites. Timbuktu also has a cultural event like the Festival au Désert, a celebration of peace treaty held in January.
The best time to visit Timbuktu is between November and January.
Hotel du desert is accessible because it's located in the downtown. This hotel is also near Djinguereber Mosque and Sidi Yahiya Mosque. You can also book a room at Hendrina Khan. This hotel is only 12 to 20 minutes from the city center. What is more interesting, this hotel provides local souvenirs for tourists to buy.
Amanar Restaurant is the most popular restaurant in Timbuktu. This restaurant serves delicious soups, comfortable vibe with Malian blues music. You can see the Flamme de la Paix monument and the Sahara desert from this restaurant. If you're a fish lover, come to L'Auberge du Désert. This restaurant serves delicious foods, especially its grilled fish.
Unfortunately, cafes are not available in the city yet.
If you look for places to spend the night, Timbuktu still has no recommendations.
Ethnological Museum is an important landmark in the city. Here, it's a must to visit the well of Bouctou. It's the place where Timbuktu was found. This museum is the home for cultural clothing, musical instruments, jewelry, and ancient rock carvings at Tin-Techoun pictures. Also, visit Sidi Yahiya Mosque. It's an ancient mosque built in the 15th century and one of UNESCO Heritage Sites.
Flamme de la Paix can be a nice picture background for your Instagram feed. It's a Mail Peace monument located at the edge of the Sahara Desert. You can also rent a camel at Camel Market nearby for exploring the Sahara desert.