With its picturesque old port, beautiful beaches, atmospheric corniche and great restaurants, Bizerte is one of the belles of the north. Just an hour away from Tunis, it's easy to reach and makes the perfect base to explore along the northern coastlines, from the Mediterranean beauties of Raf Raf and Cap Serrat, to Ichkeul National Park inland.

Unsurprisingly, the Tunisian authorities have been itching to develop Bizerte as a tourist destination. Near the old port you can see their plans – a massive marina development that lies half-built, a victim of Tunisia's recent economic hard times.