Archaeological Site in Northern Tunisia

Bulla Regia

Bulla Regia

Famed for its extraordinary underground villas, the Roman city of Bulla Regia, 7km northwest of Jendouba, offers a rare opportunity to walk into complete, superbly preserved Roman rooms rather than having to...

Archaeological Site in Northern Tunisia

Chemtou

The largest marble quarry in ancient North Africa, Chemtou was the source of an unusual, pink-veined yellow marble that was prized throughout the Roman world for its resemblance to gold. It’s daunting even to...

National Park in Lake Ichkeul

Ichkeul National Park

Lake Ichkeul has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1980, but it's been managed as a hunting reserve at least as far back as the 13th century. The lake's surrounds – marsh, floodplain and forested hills –...

Fort 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...

Fort in Tabarka

Genoese Fort

This fort is Tabarka's most instantly recognised landmark, sitting as it does on a wooded hill guarding the entrance to the harbour. It was built in the 16th century when Tabarka was a Genoese outpost surrounded...

Natural Feature in Tabarka

Les Aiguilles

Across from Tabarka's old harbour bay (Ancien Port) from the peninsula, Les Aiguilles (pronounced layz ai-gwee) are a grouping of spiky pinnacles of rock. Together with the adjacent jetty, they're a popular place...

Harbour in Tabarka

Marina

The heart of Tabarka is its marina, just northeast of the town centre. It’s a popular place to hang out, go for a drink or stroll.

Ruins in Northern Tunisia

Utica

Utica, the first Phoenician city in North Africa, was founded in about 1100 BC, 300 years before Carthage. Situated at the mouth of Oued (River) Medjerda, it soon became a thriving port and remained important –...

Notable Building in Tabarka

La Basilique

La Basilique is a Roman cistern turned into a church by French missionaries at the end of the 19th century. Delicate and airy it’s not – inside you can see some massive square columns holding up some equally...

Cemetery in Béja

Commonwealth War Cemetery

This cemetery is a serene field of 396 graves, 87 of them unidentified; most perished between December 1942 and January 1943, when the Axis powers sent a force from Italy to counter the Allied landings in Algeria...

Fort 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...

Beach in Tabarka

Montazah Beach

This beach begins at the marina and stretches eastward around the bay, past the big hotels of the Zone Touristique. The further from the marina you go the cleaner it gets, but note that the mouth of the river on...

Cemetery in Tabarka

Ras Rajel War Cemetery

This neatly tended cemetery contains the graves of 500 Allied soldiers who died in the winter of 1942 following the Axis landings in Tunisia. Sixty of the buried remain unidentified. The cemetery, on the main...

Beach 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...

Mosque in Béja

Great Mosque

The Great Mosque has a square minaret with terracotta tiles on the sides and candy-striped Moorish arches up top. About 150m northwest is the fish-scale dome of the Zaouia of Sidi Abdel Kader, with a tile panel...

Mosque 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...

Museum in Lake Ichkeul

Ichkeul Ecomusée

This small museum on a ridge with fine views has excellent presentations in French and Arabic on Lake Ichkeul, its wildlife, ecosystems and the history of its use (and abuse) by the human population.

Statue in Tabarka

Statue of Habib Bourguiba

This fine statue of Tunisia's first president in reflective pose commemorates the exile of Habib Bourguiba to Tabarka by the French in the early 1950s before his negotiation of Tunisian independence....

Architecture 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.

Landmark 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.