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Mountain town, Le Kef

Le Kef or El Kef (Arabic: الكاف‎, also transliterated as Al-Kāf or Le Kef) is a city in northwestern Tunisia. It is the capital of the Kef Governorate. Its name at the time of the Roman Empire was Sicca Veneria.

The old town is built on the cliff face of the table-top Jebel Dyr mountain. Le Kef was the provisional capital of Tunisia during World War II. It was the command centre of the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) during the Algerian War of Independence against the French in the 1950s. It has a population of 45,191 (2004 census).

Le Kef

Le Kef is clearly one of the most underrated travel destinations in Tunisia, and far too few travllers come here. Not only is the town quite beautiful, charming, but there are plenty of attractions.
At an elevation of 800 metres above sea level, it even offers cool temperatures in winter, and sometimes snow in winter. Colours are white, and the village itself is well-kept. It is situated on a hillside, and offers many good views over rich agricultural land, through the crisp mountain air. There are plenty of sights in small Le Kef, with the mosque of Sidi Bou Makhlouf as the most famous. But the mysterious basilica next to it, must not be missed at any cost. The kasbah (see picture above) on the peak over the town, is worth a visit, at least for great views over town and the valley beyond. Of the two museums here, the one covering Berber culture, through several small exhibits, is definitely worth a visit. (Source: Tunisia.com & Wikipedia)

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