Must see attractions in Bizerte

  • Sights in Bizerte

    Spanish Fort

    Built from 1570 to 1573 by Ulj Ali, the military ruler of Algiers, and named for a military victory over the Spanish, this fortress overlooks the medina from the north. All that remains are two long wall sections and one citadel. The views across the town, over the modern cement amphitheatre, are stupendous.

  • Sights in Bizerte

    Ksibah

    This squat little fort, facing the kasbah, was modified by the Aghlabids in the 9th century, who added the attractive arched skifa (gate) and a courtyard with a set of cells – not for prisoners, but for silent study of the Quran. Also known as Fort Sidi Henni, it now has a pleasant cafe for people watching over the old port, and a rather dull aquarium.

  • Sights in Bizerte

    Remel Plage

    Remel Plage, a long stretch of sand with a backdrop of pine groves, is a popular beach with locals, and it even has its own dramatically wrecked ship in the shallows. It begins about 3km southeast of the centre of town, across the drawbridge over the canal. There are no facilities.

  • Sights in Bizerte

    Great Mosque

    Built in 1652, this mosque has an octagonal, stone-built minaret decorated with blue-and-white tiling. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter, though at prayer times it might be possible to get a peek of the courtyard, with its slender marble columns and delicate stone arches.

  • Sights in Bizerte

    Zaouia of Sidi Mokhtar

    The richly decorated, lavishly tiled Zaouia of Sidi Mokhtar, is home to the Association de Sauvegarde de la Medina de Bizerte, the group responsible for Medina conservation.

  • Sights in Bizerte

    Deconsecrated Cathedral

    The deconsecrated French-built cathedral, a grey concrete modernist structure with vertical stripes of stained glass, is now a cultural centre.