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The victims lying in the military cemeteries died fighting for TAKROUNA, a Berber village 7km northwest of Enfida and perched high on a rock, whose inaccessibility had long made it a natural defensive position. The final Allied assault on it in 1943 was made by thirteen New Zealanders, most of them Maoris, scrambling up the sheer rock under fire from the Nazi troops. Today it can be Reached by local minibus-louage, picked up at the Zaghouan turn-off. The Berbers have always cherished their independence, and this site is typical in its isolation and impregnability. It is crowned by a green-domed marabout, and the view from the top is mind-blowing - from the sinister gleaming blade of Jebel Zaghouan behind to the broad sweep of the coastline. All this has placed Takrouna firmly on the tourist map, and busloads are rushed in and out along a specially built road. Unfortunately, Takrouna's touristic exploitation has changed the attitude of villagers to visitors, and today their welcome comes at a price. The hassle can be quite extreme and off-putting. The road that goes past Takrouna continues to Zaghouan through some lovely remote heathland, passing two more Berber villages - Jeradou and Zriba - which are similar to Takrouna, but less visited.

[Via The Rough Guide to Tunisia]

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