Often snow-covered in December and January, Ain Draham is Tunisia’s hill station. Its steep-roofed houses spill down the western flank of Jebel Biri (1014m), the highest peak of the Kroumirie Mountains, while all around are rounded hills covered in cork forest. The town is a great base for hiking.
Ain Draham was popular with colonial hunters – the last of Tunisia’s lions and leopards were shot around here early last century. Locals still hunt wild boar, but most visitors come to relax and escape the summer heat.
The road to Ain Draham from the coast is one of Tunisia’s most beautiful. As it climbs through rich countryside, it passes from the coastal plain into the Kroumirie Mountains’ famous cork oak forests, affording views of the deep-blue sea and the verdant valleys leading down to it.