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Top ChoiceSeafood in Bizerte

Le Sport Nautique

This highly regarded restaurant with breezy terrace is quite simply one of the best in the north. Fresh fish, cooked in any number of ways (grilled, baked, with cream and herbs, with roasted almonds etc), is the...

Top ChoiceItalian in Bizerte

Restaurant Le Grand Bleu

A genuine Italian restaurant run by an Italian family, right down to nonna on the till. Le Grand Bleu offers a nice change from Tunisian tuna. There are a dozen or so home-made pasta dishes (all excellent),...

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...

Seafood in Bizerte

Le Petit Mousse

The corniche’s most upmarket fish and seafood place, this elegant establishment also serves French dishes such as coq au vin. It has a balmy, candlelit veranda with sea views, as well as a terrace catching the...

Seafood in Sidi Ali El Mekki

Rastacabana

There's not very much Rasta-flavoured about this wooden beach restaurant, but it does deliver the good food and good times that its painted slogan outside promises. In the mornings it's mostly drinks only as you...

Seafood in Tabarka

Restaurant Khemir

Simple and reliable seafood dinners from this long-established favourite. It doesn't look fancy, but what you miss out on in marina views, you make up for in terms of attitude-free service. A few meat and...

Pastries in Bizerte

La Bizertine

One of Bizerte's posher pastry shops, though they also do pizza slices, filled baguettes and ice creams. The almond croissants are simply perfection.

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 –...

Textiles in Ain Draham

Les Tapis de Kroumirie

Bold, colourful carpets and handbags, many decorated with simple, traditional Berber motifs, are woven in Ain Draham by a small women’s cooperative called Les Tapis de Kroumirie. It aims both to provide...

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...

Seafood in Bizerte

Le Phénicien

This giant Phoenician warship in the old port is pretty hard to miss. It's actually a rather upscale fish and seafood restaurant that's popular with well-off Tunisians. The food is better and considerably less...

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...

Seafood in Maloula

Restaurant Chez Mouldi

This simple thatched beach hut amid the rocks and sand of Maloula beach serves up pretty simple grilled fish and soft drinks. Opening hours are unreliable. The setting is truly idyllic, particularly in the...

Tunisian in Tabarka

Restaurant Touta

A popular alcohol-serving restaurant in the marina – look for the old French 2CV parked outside. There are a few tables outside but mostly its fresh linens are inside so diners can drink without offending...

Tunisian in Tabarka

Restaurant Le Minar

This popular restaurant on the edge of the marina serves good seafood, including a 15DT set menu with brik (flaky savoury pastry), a meat or fish main and soft drink. Sit outside to people watch – you can also...

Tunisian in Tabarka

Le Palmier

This cheap-and-cheerful place is one of a series of similar restaurants on this stretch of street. It has a good set menu featuring staples such as grilled lamb cutlets, prawns, calamari and fish cooked over...

Tunisian in Bizerte

Jendoubi

A popular canteen, with gargantuan portions and fast turnover. There's grilled chicken and the like, but if you follow the big fish mural outside and the exhortation 'couscous aux poissons tous les jours', then...