Many roads lead to Rome. And even more to Ouadane, it seems. And certainly, for some things for which you need just 170 km on the fastest and paved road, there are good reasons for taking the 400 km alternative. Those who decide to take the much longer route north of the Adrar plateau will be able to see the manuscripts of the city of Jraif (also Jurayf). The local Mahdara of Sheikh Mohamad Fadel also justifies the detour. And in El Beyyed, for example, you can spend the night in a tent in the middle of the desert. Thus, there is little time pressure to visit the prehistoric museum with its arrowheads, rubbing bowls and hand axes. The French colonial forts of Bir Ziri and El Ghallaouiya are still well preserved. Near the latter, prehistoric drawings and tombs from pre-Islamic times can also be discovered. After an overnight stay in El Ghallaouiya, we will go to the mountain pass of Trig Chouail, which once attracted the local population because of its protective valley. Rock engravings still bear witness to this today. The end of our precious detour is offered by the Guilb er Richat and the ruins of the nearby Portuguese fort of Agouedir (also Agweidir). And then finally, entering Ouadane, you will see the city through the eyes of the desert.