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Tabarka is one of the Tunisians? favourite beach resorts. Situated on the north-west coast of Tunisia, from here Algeria is only at 22 km. Tabarka is a nice village by the sea where everything is red and white. Although you can find there all kind of facilities , it only receives visitors during summer time because from September to July usually it?s too cold and windy. I prefer this kind of places in winter, when beaches are empty and there are not many tourists around so I chose a Sunday of January to go. I feel lucky because the day was sunny and very warm so I enjoyed myself walking along the marina and the old port, taking some pictures and ?sunbathing? on a café. It seemed like spring was coming!
Talking about its history, Tabarka has Phoenician origins. In fact the original name, Thabraca, is a Phoenician name and means ?shaded place?. But it really became important in Roman times when its port was used to export the Chemtou marble, lions and other smiling beasts to Rome. Base of pirates and corsairs during the XVI th and XVII th centuries, it passed to Genoese hands who built the famous Genoese fort, (picture 2) one of Tabarka?s main sights. Tabarka was also where the future president Habib Bourguiba , was exiled by the French colonial authorities in 1952 (lucky him!).Apart from the fort (that you can only admire from outside) you can visit the famous Aiguilles (the needles) and the marina. If you climb the hill above the Needles you will have nice views of the ensemble too.
Tabarka is very famous for its International Jazz Festival , in July, with very interesting proposals from different countries. Last summer (2008) the Festival was cancelled because they only had half of the usual budget so they could not keep the Festival?s quality. I hope next year jazz will come to Tabarka again!!
Directions: North West of Tunisia
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