Ain Draham, The lost paradise

The village was founded by the Europeans, while the region was populated by nomadic tribes. This pretty site at 750 m altitude dominates the plain of Tabarka (26 km from the town of Tabarka). The purity of its air is famous and the foliage that surrounds the city indicates that there is plenty of water. With its hamlets spreading from one hill to another, it is a pleasant mountain resort that offers a healthy freshness during the summer months. Nevertheless, it is especially winter that Ain Draham attracts the world when nature is even more green, and snow covers the village.

The stalls spread the local production, the carpets Kroumirie whose activity was relaunched in the early 1980s. We can visit the kilims making workshop and carpets. At the top of the village, almost in the forest, is a woodcraft workshop. Ain Draham reigns a beautiful animation, especially the day of the market.

This is the only region of Tunisia where you will be offered wild boar (pork) in all restaurants in the city.

History

Ain Draham is originally a French military base, the third choice of troops after Fernana and Mzaret Essardouk, then a service village for settlers (teaching, trading, logging, etc.). In 1892, it is one of the first municipalities set up in Tunisia.

In 1930, it became a multi-purpose tourist resort designed to retain French settlers (boarding houses, residences, administrative tourism, etc.). The forest situation of the city and its colonial heritage (architecture, red tiles, and crafts) offers him assets for domestic tourism: a summer thermal comfort, a rich game, especially wild boar, hiking trails, equestrian or mountain bike, green and sports tourism, and hydrotherapy.

From 1982, following a purely political choice, the city is part of a mass tourism project linking the forest (Aïn Draham and The Ruins Pass) and the sea (integrated resort of Tabarka).

The Best attractions to visit in Aïn Draham

Among the best things to do in Ain Draham is to enjoy nature to the fullest and collect many picture-perfect memories

  • El Feidja National Park – Aïn Draham

El Feidja National Park is perhaps one of the hidden treasures of Tunisia that will definitely impress you with its natural beauty and surroundings. Nestled on 6,830 acres of versatile land in the northwest part of Tunisia, this secluded paradise is where you get to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region. The Park is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque settings in Africa for just about every outdoor activity from hiking and trekking on the amazing landscape to biking and camel riding to get the Sahara experience.

El Feidja National Park is considered by many as one of the most beautiful parks in the world. It features a museum that has exhibitions dating back to 10,000 years when men left their trace in the region during the Neolithic era. Today, it is home to many animals, including the African Golden Wolf, the Barbary stag, and the Barbary boar. Ecotourism guides are readily available at the entrance of the park and you get to choose your Sahara and Safari tours on a minibus or a 4-wheeler car. Overall, El Feidja National Park is a great place to relax, unwind, and fall in love with Mother Nature!

  • The Souk

One of the topmost places to visit in Ain Draham is the renowned souk. A souk is an open-air marketplace. Visiting a souk is fun. Strolling through the colorful products, breathing in aromas of the spices, and listening to the banter of bargains, all combine to make the trip an adventure in itself. 

  • The Romain Bath

One of the things to do in Ain Draham is to explore the ruins of the Roman baths. The architecture of the Roman era is always a sight to behold and these baths are no exceptions.

  • For the outdoor enthusiast

This quaint village offers many activities and hiking is one of the major things to do in Ain Draham. There are pathways that lead to Col de Ruines and to the summit of Mount Jebel Mir. The best season for hiking is during summer and/or spring, but even in winters, you can see hiking enthusiasts with full gear treading among the ice and snow. Also, one of the places to visit in Ain Draham in the countryside in the south of the city, which is very scenic and perfect for a relaxing stay.

  • The cork oaks of Kroumirie

The Jbel Fersig, one of the two mountains that surround Ain Draham and covered with cork oaks (in the background, behind the heather)

In the region of Ain Draham, in the north-west of Tunisia, the mountains are covered with holm oak forests, but especially with cork oaks. Lucien Descousse, whose father was a ranger in Kroumirie, often saw how this cork was extracted.

 The man who handles the hatchet and unmasks the oak is named” hatchet “, the name of his instrument. It is a technician, a specialist, a local who is able to feel at the end of his tool the moment where it has reached the tannin, the red layer that surrounds the trunk and makes the bark of the tree: the cork. It does not touch the tannin to preserve the regrowth of the bark after the first harvest. can never replace a man in this job.

 However, the hatchet will deliberately bleed into this active layer of the tree: on this wound, the cork will not grow back and this crack in the bark will allow the worker to introduce his hatchet when, 9 years after the first harvest, he will return for the second. Indeed, it is very difficult to penetrate the blade of the hatchet in the cork because it bounces on it.

The carrier of the cork boards or “Hamel” will transport them to the mule waiting to be loaded to take the “metro” or mule track to the weighbridge. There, the muleteer will raise on this rocker the animal and its load which will be weighed together, then, the unloaded animal will be reweighed and the difference between the two weighings will give the weight of the cork. “

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