Tabarka

Tabarka, starting point for many excursions: It is a tourist town located a few kilometers north of Ain Draham. She has beautiful scenery as the needles located in front of the sea. We must not forget that this region is known for spear fishing and scuba diving where you can admire the magnificent coral rock
You can taste very good fish fishermen from Tabarka and swim in the water of the mediterranean sea. This city is a paradise for jewelers, remodeling coral are wonderful things.

Bordering Algeria, the Tunisian Northwest Tabarka is a quiet little station, who lives at the mercy of the Coral Sea lapping. Long forgotten by tour operators, in an area that opens just to tourism, Tabarka attracts so lovers of relaxation that fans of old stones. The development of its archaeological heritage, as well as its geographical location, an hour from Tunis, however, promise him a rapid development …

The region of Tabarka, encamped on the foothills of the Saharan Atlas Mountains and Khroumirie, is made of green hills and fertile plains contrast with South aridity. This North-South boundary is explained by the presence of the “Tunisian Ridge”, which crosses the country. Rain clouds driven by the north wind cling to this natural rampart and watered fertile soil which the Romans contrived to profit. By the density of its sites and its vestiges, Tabarka and its surroundings testify, indeed, the existence of the ancient province of Africa, nicknamed “the granary of Rome.”

At 6 kilometers from the Algerian border, Tabarka has almost erased all traces of its past as a fishing village, to prepare to welcome a growing number of vacationers. It now offers the pleasures of a quiet seaside resort, famous for its four diving centers, 18 hole golf course and its summer festival.

Nestled between an island and a protected bay teeming Khroumirie by mountains, the small town of Tabarka was chosen by the Romans for the establishment of a harbor where anchored ships off again filled holds the wealth of the hinterland marble, cork, wood, cereals and even wild intended for gladiator fights … such trade earned Tabarka to be provided with important public buildings and adorned with opulent mansions of merchants, not counting the chapels, convents and basilicas of Christianity who promoted to the rank of the largest dioceses in Africa. Unfortunately, the successive occupations and French protectorate gradually erased the vestiges of the prosperous period. 16th Century villa, Charles V donated the city to a rich Genoese family who inherited the same time an exclusive fishing rights, including the coral. They took advantage during two centuries and became a very solid build, still visible today, but home to a fire station and therefore does not tour. Still, the promontory where it is installed offers a beautiful view of the beaches and hills. One can then back down to the harbor and enjoy a lobster (local specialty), much cheaper than here …

Tabarka also has two markets: first, classic and daily alternates garden products, clothing and handicrafts, while the second, two kilometers from the city center, is a real souk you like them, mostly frequented by Tunisians.

If a large number of vacationers choose to relax in the comfort of a hotel-club formula of the tourist area, others opt for excursions, Chemtou to Bulla Regia, without forgetting the exceptional Douga, they will discover the past Numidian, Punic and Roman especially the Tunisian North. A busy day they will be lost at leisure in the Medina of Tunis and rebuild in imagination ancient Carthage on archaeological remains …

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