Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – If you want to enjoy visiting an enchanting destination while helping to preserve its heritage, the village of Takrouna in Tunisia is one of the places you should not miss.
Whether you want to take a short walk, have a coffee or go on a half-day experience, this village interests all kinds of travelers.
A charming village on a plateau
The Berber village of Takrouna is one of the oldest Berber villages and one of the last historical sites in the government of Sousse, Tunisia, symbolizing the Berber civilization in the Maghreb region, which according to some studies has continued for thousands of years. since, according to the official account of the Tunisian Ministry of Culture via Facebook. “.
Takrona is a village perched on a hill 300 meters high, like a falcon, according to the official website of the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment of Enfidha municipality in Tunisia.
In an interview with CNN in Arabic, Austin Hand, director of Tunisia Tours Operations for Engaging Cultures, said: “Takouna offers stunning views of the rugged Zaghouan hills and the blue Mediterranean in the distance.”
Like other Berber villages throughout North Africa, it was built on a plateau as a defensive element.
There are only a few families left in the old village, so it is considered a very historic village.
A visit to Takrona gives travelers a close look at Tunisia’s Berber heritage in an accessible way.
The village is only an hour from Sousse, also on the way to Kairouan, another place that is on most travelers’ travel plans, said Hand, an American who has lived in Tunisia with his family for more than 10 years.
Formation of personal connections
Engaging Cultures offers tailor-made tours to destinations in the Middle East and North Africa for travelers who want a unique experience.
Her unique experiences are due to the development of her tours by experienced travelers who live in the area and have real relationships with the locals.
Visitors to the village have the opportunity to interact with locals eager to preserve their heritage, and eat a meal or drink tea with a Berber family in their home.
Visitors believe that spending time with a local family in Takouna is a highlight of their journey, and it allows them to personally connect with a family in their home and feel connected to Takrona, ”says Hand.
As you walk around the village, you will hear about Berber customs and traditions that go back many centuries and you will be able to imagine what life was like in Tunisia for its early inhabitants.
And if travelers are interested in handicrafts, the small souvenir shops are worth a visit as they are owned by locals.
Travelers can also take a short walk among the olive groves.
Depending on the season, families can take you to an orchard to show you how to harvest olives, a part of Berber culture for thousands of years.
Travelers stopping in even less than 40 minutes explained that there was something special about visiting the village. “I think part of it is because everyone enjoys the beautiful scenery, which is definitely what Takrona is special about,” Hand confirmed.