El Kef

Travel to El Kef – Laid-back Hillside Town

El Kef (also known as Le Kef), is an old town in northern Tunisia built on the cliff face of the table-top Jebel Dyr mountain. El Kef is a beautiful and charming town that offers its visitors plenty of attractions. With its hillside situation, the town has many good views over rich agricultural land, through crisp mountain air.

El Kef was the provisional capital of Tunisia during the second World War and the command centre of the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) during the Algerian War of Independence against the French in the 1950s.

EL Kef was known as Sicca Veneria and Cirta Nove in the Roman era. In the 4th century BC, the city served as a Punic/Numidian cultural centre and military base. The actual town was founded by Carthage as an outpost to protect its western boundary. When Carthage fell, the Numidians rebelled against the Romans but were eventually quashed.

They were also part of the secessionists in the Jugurthan War. The Vandals and Byzantines also passed this way before the Arabs took over, and the people of the region continued to exert their autonomous tendencies throughout all of this. The Ottomans revitalised the city adding new fortifications.

In El Kef visit the Mosque of Sidi Bou Makhlouf, the mysterious Basillica St Augustine, the mint Minaret, the Roman ruins, the Kasbah, the Jewish quarter, Dar El Kouss Church, and the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions.

  • Experience another face of Tunisia – that of rural life.
  • Witness spectacular views and a splendid landscape.
  • Discover the mysterious Basilica St Augustine.


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