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Tabarka & The Coral Coast (transfer time from Tunis Airport 165 minutes)

Close to the borders of Algeria and fronting on to the Mediterranean is one of Tunisia's newest discoveries, Tabarka. A combination of sea and mountain has given this region the name Green Tunisia. The recently developed resort of Tabarka is built around a stylish marina, Porto Corallo, and the superb Montazah beach of fine golden sand situated some 4 kms from the old town. Many of the towns houses together with a 16th century Genoese fort overlook the city and the needles, sea eroded monolithic rocks. Add to this a magnificent golf course, the best diving in Tunisia, a backdrop of mountains and forest and you have the perfect ingredients for a quite different holiday in this intriguing country. This is a region that needs exploring by car and we strongly recommend you hire one for the overall enjoyment of your holiday. During the summer and for one week only, Tabarka plays host to an international jazz festival with artists appearing from all over the world. In September another event, 'Coralis', is a festival of diving and underwater photography.

 

What to see: The views of the 16th century Genoese Castle at dusk. Tabarka market every Friday - a great place to test out your haggling skills. The surrounding cork oak forests ideal for walking and bird-watching. A boat trip to La Galite islands some 35 miles from the coast - the island shelters a well-preserved shipwreck (great for divers) and its nature reserve is home to a colony of monk seals.

Where to go: Bulla Regia, with underground villas and priceless Roman mosaics. The village of Ain Drahem in the Khroumirie Mountains, 20 kms south of Tabarka, which is so green you wonder if you are still in Tunisia. Dougga, Tunisia's largest and most spectacular archaeological site includes a 3,500 seat Roman amphitheatre which is still used for open-air performances on summer nights. Lake Ichkeul nature reserve, home to many rare migratory birds.

Tabarka Port Golf Course View

Diver

Golf: Set amidst 270 acres of eucalyptus trees and forest on the one side and the Mediterranean on the other, is the 18-hole par 72 Tabarka Golf Club - a quite beautiful and challenging course worth playing for the views alone. Green fees are very reasonable and there is a 9-hole practise course.

Diving: Tabarka is the diving centre of Tunisia and home to several diving schools with qualified instructors. Beginners can learn relatively inexpensively and experienced divers will be able to explore tunnels, caves and wrecks.

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