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1. Climbing streets

2. Mosque of Sidi Ali Azouz

3. Other religious buildings

4. Triumphal arch

5. Street fountains

6. Water temple


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Green nature, white town
Zaghouan, Tunisia

Zaghouan lies seductively on a few hills below the dramatic Zaghouan Mountain, which rises 1,295 out of almost nothing but flat plains.
It was an important town in Roman times, then known as Ziqua, administering one of the most important water resources for Carthage. A few interesting traces of this past is found in town, like a triumphal arch and a fountain as big as a temple but most of it is from the resettlement in the 17th century by immigrants from Andalucia.
Streets climb up and down the hills, they are lively and friendly and has many stalls selling excellent grilled food. Zaghouan's sights include a well-maintained zawiyya and a modern mosque with an attractive minaret.
Rose water is a local speciality, called nisri, but it is quite expensive compared with the bottles you may pick up at a Monoprix. But quality may be superior?
Zaghouan offers one of the best hikes for travellers doing north-eastern Tunisia at summer time. Up here in the mountains, not much more than one hour travel from the capital, the climate changes, and the nature is green and fresh even in August. The summit of Zaghouan Mountain may be reached if you start from the Water temple, but it is a hard hike, or you can drive to the top

Zaghouan, Tunisia

The Water temple, or fountain, beneath the Zaghouan Mountain.

By Tore Kjeilen