Photo Essay: Ramadan in Kelibia
Kelibia is a quiet fishing town with world-renowned beaches and a history that stretches back thousands of years. It is located out near the tip of Cap Bon, Tunisia’s northeast peninsula and has long been a refuge for travelers and beach-goers who want to get away from the more touristy coastal towns of the Sahel. The town is built around a neighborhood called Bab Blad, which means “door of the country/homeland” in Arabic.
One of the town’s iconic features is a fort that was first built in the 3rd century under Punic rule. It was dismantled by the Romans and replaced by the Byzantines. Work on the fort was most intense in the 16th century, when the Ottomans were under attack from Spain. On a clear day, Sicily is visible from its ramparts. (All images are the work of Youssef Bouafif.)
In addition, you get a great view of Kelibia’s port.
And the town’s beaches, which are regarded as some of the most beautiful in the world.
The modern town centers around the “Big Mosque.”
Founded in the 13th century, it is the oldest mosque in Kelibia.
It is located in the historic neighborhood of Bab Blad.
Motorbikes are one of the most common modes of transport here.
Here’s one riding through the streets of Bab Blad.
Mr. Zouari has lived in this neighborhood all his life: “I’m 61 years old, born and raised here. I’ve left this country only to serve in the army. Bab Blad is where everything started. It’s the beating heart of Kelibia.”