Travel to Tabarka – Tunisia’s Mediterranean Town
Tabarka is a coastal town in the northwest of Tunisia located between the mountains and the sea. The town is protected by an island and surrounded by the mimosa, cork oak and pine-covered mountains of Khourmirie.
Thanks to its Mediterranean climate and coral fishing sites, Tabarka is a popular Tunisian destination for beach holidays.
Tabarka was the last Numidian city in the direction of the Zeugitana and a Roman colony. The city was connected by a road with Simitthu, to which it served as a port for the exportation of its famous marbles.
In 1741 it was surrendered to the (nominally Ottoman, de facto autonomus) Bey of Tunis. Part of the population was moved to the Sardinian island of San Pietro, whose population still speaks a variant of Genoese dialect originating from Tabarka.
It became Tabarka, under French colonial rule annexed to the civil district of Souk el-Arba, now in the Tunisian governorate of Jendouba, and a rather important fishing centre.
Travellers can visit a spectacular 16th century Genoese Castle perched on a wild rocky island off the Tabarka harbour. It includes a small Mosaic Museum and the Needles of Tabarka, a sea facing area with sharp, 20 metre high rocks.
Visitors to Tabarka can also visit Dougga, Tunisia’s largest and most spectacular archaeological site.
Enjoy sunbathing in fine sand beaches; fishing, diving and exploring underwater tunnels, caves, corals and wrecks alike; scuba diving; sailing; horse riding and rambling. The city also has summer festivals: the Coral Festival of underwater photography, the Tabarak Annual Jazz Festival, and the Neptune Trident Festival.
- Take time to unwind on Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast.
- Boat out to Tabarka Island and explore an ancient Turkish fortress.