Located near Tunisia’s border with Algeria, Tabarka is a coastal town famed for its festivals celebrating jazz and underwater photography. Berber, Roman and Arabic cultures have all left their mark on the town, as have the Ottomans who gifted the offshore island of Tabarka to the Genoese in 1540.
Things to do in Tabarka
Guarding the entrance to the harbour is the Fort de Tabarka, which was constructed on an island in the 16th century when the town was part of a Genoese outpost. Connected to the mainland by a French-built jetty, it offers spectacular views across the Mediterranean Sea. While exploring the fortifications (some of which were built by the Ottomans), learn about the role the castle has played in protecting Tunisia’s coastline over the centuries.
A short stroll from the harbour is Les Aiguilles, a series of spiky rock pinnacles that provide a popular setting for swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at these unique geological formations as you stroll along the adjacent jetty, then shop for souvenirs at the cluster of artisan stalls. Also nearby is the Amphitheatre de Tabarka where live performances take place.
For a day at the beach, make the short drive east to Barkoukech, a spectacular stretch of sand near the village of Kchatlia. Closer to Tabarka is La Cigale Tabarka Golf, which was designed by the Californian golfing architect Ronald Fream. Its impeccably manicured fairways and greens take advantage of the site’s natural relief while offering stunning views across the coastline.
Getting around Tabarka
Tabarka is a 25-minute drive from Tabarka–Aïn Draham International Airport, which has regular flights to Tunis. By road, Tunis is around three hours away and is connected to Tabarka by regular buses. Buses also travel throughout Tabarka while the harbour can easily be explored on foot.