Man with the key
Favorite thing: When you arrive at the Kasbah, you may have to find the guy who has the key so as to let you in and when you find him, he'll show you around and give you a guided tour in French only! Give him a tip afterwards, won't you!
Historical notes: Overview
Favorite thing: Today El Kef looks really peaceful, and even sleepy. To the point that it is extremely difficult to imagine that it had an eventful history - but so it was. The headquarters of the national movement of Algeria, a large Jewish community until the 1950's, a major centre of sexual cults in pre-Islamic times and the exile for ancient Carthaginian mercenary soldiers who were not paid for their services. That’s a lot of reputation for a sleepy place!!
Tourists Are a Curiosity
Favorite thing: We traveling folk think that a curiosity is something native to a place that we come to look at. Nope! There are some places where a tourists is a curiosity, and a party of some foreign ones even more so. El Kef is like that, though this might stop soon as the number of people coming grows.
Your status of such curiosity will mean that people will be mostly friendly and will be happy to help you discovering the town, though your opinion will be sought as to how you find it. And you’d better not criticize the place to much: but there will be no need for this, ‘cause El Kef is great, and really underrated.
Doors & Windows
Favorite thing: Many Tunisian towns and cities, including the city of El Kef, have since long been famous for the beautiful gates and windows of the houses. While the houses might be simple and minimalist, with just white walls and occasionally, scenes of the Hadj to Mecca, the wealth of the owners transpired in the workmanship of these traditional - and highly useful :)) - elements.
The dominating colours for doors are blue and beige (remember the door on the front page of one of the Lonely Planet guides?) with iron decorations in ornaments and often elaborate door knobs, while windows are dominated by blue.