Zaghouan is located below the northern slope of a Djebel belonging to the Tunisian ridge and reaching a culminating point at 1295 m.
Known for its natural mineral wealth and especially for its outstanding thermal springs, this originally Berber town fascinated the Romans who baptized it Ziqua before it was occupied by the Andalusian refugees in 1609.
Is a national park that shelters and preserves over 670 rare and endemic plant species. The park also includes 93 animal species, the majority of which are breeding birds.
The Temple of Water
Is a key element in the national park of Djebel Zaghouan. Originally a Roman Nymphaeum, this monument was built to honor the cult of water. It has 12 niches, with statues representing the nymphs and a central niche, dedicated to Neptune, God of Freshwater.
A basin below the Temple was used to collect water from 4 active springs located in the surrounding area and which are still used as a water supply in Zaghouan. The water was then pumped through a 123 km aqueduct towards the city of Carthage.
Zriba is another of those abandoned berber villages.
This one is hidden on a small mountain near Zaghouan.
Zriba Oliya (Upper Zriba) was deserted by its residents in the 1960s, who decamped to the new city on the plains below, leaving behind an abandoned shell of a city, which is now an incredibly ethereal place to explore.
Set in a saddle between the high hills, atmospheric old Zriba lies in near ruin: domed houses the color of the surrounding mountains are encircled by stone walls that have crumbled like a child’s building blocks, and specks of blue paint and inscriptions above doorways hint at the lives of those who once called this place home.
Located about 46 km south of Tunis and 35 km from the coastal resort of Hammamet.
The closest airport in Tunisia is Tunis Carthage International Airport in a distance of 50 km, North.