This sleepy village is one of the best examples of Andalusian architecture found anywhere in Tunisia. When Muslims and Jews were expelled from Spain in the early 17th century, North Africa was flooded with refugees. Some of the wealthy settled in Tunis, but others who wanted to put down roots nearby had to ask the Ottoman government for land, and they were given the old Roman ruins of Tichilla, now called Testour.
The homesick settlers built Testour's urban fabric in a familiar style, with adobe-tiled roofs, a central square and gridded streets. Even the Great Mosque's minaret resembles an Aragonese steeple from southern Spain.
The centre of Testour life is still its main square, where men sip thick black coffee at plastic tables shaded by orange trees. There's not much to do here but watch the world go by, and that's just part of Testour's beauty.