Le Kef is a lovely little town that holds its charm due to the fact its off the usual tourist trail. The town is dominated by the mighty Kasbah on the hill. There has been a human settlement at Le Kef since prehistoric times. It was known to the Carthaginians as Sicca, to the Romans its was Sicca Veneria and finally to the Arabs it was Shaqbanaria. There has been a fort at the current site since about 500 BC. The current kasbah was built in the 6th century by the Byzantines and upgraded in the 16th by the Turks. Its last occupants (the Tunisian army) left in 1992.