THE BERBER VILLAGES (6 HOURS)
Full day excursion and recommended for guests staying at the resorts of Tunis and Gammarth, Hammamet and Sousse and Port Kantaoui.
Without having to drive all the way to the south where the largest Berber centers are and close to the resorts, discover the beauty, simplicity and rich tradition of the Berber life and architecture.
Places to visit
Is a small citadel hung atop a rocky promontory. It is a picturesque place that lives on agriculture and processing halfa. The central square, as big as a pocket handkerchief, concentrates the activity of the village. A few miles away; between pine and olive trees, a cottage offers an immersion in nature and local traditions.
Takrouna overlooks the Gulf of Hammamet, Hergla, Sousse, jbel Zaghouan and Kairouan. This strategic location made it the field of several battles during the Second World War.
The village consists of stone houses whose architecture reflects the Berber construction methods: a small inner courtyard surrounded by vaulted rooms. Six families of Berber origin and the Gmach (Gomez) family from Andalusia (Andalusian emigrants in 1609) still live in Takrouna. The village is divided in four levels: the Gmach family live on the fourth level. As for the Berbers, they live at the bottom of the hill. The third level holds the mausoleum of Sidi Abdelkader built in the 13th century.
The old village, Zriba Alia (Zriba high), of Berber origin, is located about three kilometres south of Hammam Zriba. Built between two rocky peaks, the town now in ruins overlooks Jebel Zaghouan, the second highest peak in Tunisia after the Djebel Chambi.
In the middle of the old town is a dedicated Zawiya Sidi Abdel Kader Jilani, founder of the Qadiriyya buried in Baghdad. This Zawiya, built in the seventeenth century, has been a very thorough restoration; it features antique architectural elements and played the role of Koranic school (maktab) for young children.