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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Ask any diver or golfer that you know if they have already heard of Tabarka and several hours later, they will still be talking about it... Tabarka is a little-known region of Tunisia, providing a challenging and picturesque 18-hole golf course set between the sea and a pine forest, perfect for golfing enthusiasts, but not for beginners. Tabarka is also a unique diving spot, comparable to Malta or Corsica: seabeds visible at 50 ft, red and black branching coral, sea fans, many Mediterranean fish and crustaceans (groupers, sea breams, lobsters, etc.). There are about twenty diving sites off the coast of Tabarka, along Coral Coast, and near the Galite archipelago. Some are accessible to beginners, others are full of surprises, such as the tamed grouper rock (groupers come and eat sardines brought by divers), or, if you're looking for big thrills there is always the Old Harbour's ship wreck.

Even if you are not a golfer or a diver, you will still have a nice holiday in Tabarka: especially if you like landscapes similar to those found in Greece or in the Balearic Islands. The surrounding nature is green (pine, cork oak and eucalyptus forests), flowery (oleander, bougainvillea), fragranced with thyme, sage and mint scents, and very different in Khroumire from everywhere else in Tunisia. This is a good reason to visit the region of Tabarka (if you don't know it yet), and explore, from one excursion to another, the Genoese fort, the Aiguilles rock formation at one end of the creek which goes by the same name, the rugged hills of Aïn Draham, the ancient site of Bulla Regia (with semi-buried Roman houses for a cooler environment in the summer, with stunning mosaic flooring, -see, for example, the Venus of the Hunting House - and remember to take some water with you so that you can see the bright original colours of the mosaic. 340 mi of marked hiking paths are also available for you to explore on foot, horseback or a mountain bike.

To see

The interior of Tabarka fort (built by the Genoese in the 16th century) cannot be visited, but the viewpoint from the top of the promontory is definitely worth the 15-minute climb from Aiguilles creek. It is also possible to drive up, however. Once at the top, take the little pathway to the right-hand side which opens onto the green vegetation: another 500 ft and you will have a panoramic view of the Fort, then the Bay of Tabarka, after you have passed another steep rocky slope. See it in the morning preferably (around 9:00 am) or when the sun is setting. The sea is crystal-clear, the coast is visible all the way to the end of the tourist zone and as far as the town, built at the back of the harbour and on the hills.

To do

From March to November, go diving (while still avoiding windy days at the end of August and in September). Tabarka holds a total of 6 diving centres, with departure points from the harbour, including diving for first-timers (no deeper than 33 ft). Try Tabarka's golf course (open to holders of a 'Carte Verte' - 'Green Card' issued by the French Golfing Federation) which is open all year round, except in the case of a heatwave in July and August, and practise on Tabarka Beach's practise course. Go quad biking (even though it creates noise pollution as well as regular pollution...), on a mini-cruise, horse-riding or mountain-bike riding on the paths of Khroumire.



To think about

Currency exchange is available at the hotels (no commission), cash can be withdrawn at cash machines (at the airport or in town): do not throw your receipts away! When you go home, if you want to change all your remaining dinars (it is compulsory as the Tunisian currency is not exportable), you will have to present at least one exchange slip or a cash withdrawal receipt. If you've only got one remaining 20 dinar note, just have a drink at the boarding lounge of the airport (roughly 2 dinars), and your change will be given back to you in euros.

To avoid

Tabarka airport still doesn't have any more than a small shop in the check-in zone (where you can pay with dinars): here you will find a few earthenware pots (made in Nabeul), fluffy camel toys, spices and herbs in sachets, a few bottles of olive oil and postcards. After the police controls, you will have to pay in euros at the duty-free shop (only the tobacco is cheaper, with alcohol and perfume being as expensive as in the UK).

To try

Lobster, slipper lobster, American lobster, all of which are fished off the coast of Tabarka and the Galite archipelago. Grouper, mullet, tuna, sea bream, which are abundant in this part of the Mediterranean Sea (known as the coral coast). Specialities include starters presented as tapas (prawns and grilled calamari), which will remind you of Italy (because of the Genoese occupation from the 15th to the 17th century), whereas fish, served with steamed potatoes, is a reminder of the French presence at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Mint tea, flavoured with pine nuts, Tunisian coffee, which you should drink at Café de France (also called Café des Andalous), Tabarka's most famous, on Habib-Bourguiba avenue.

To bring back

Red coral comes from formations off the coast of Tabarka and the Galite archipelago. As its decorative use (jewels, rings, earrings) reduces the natural coral clusters, you shouldn't buy more than 1 or 2 items (a bracelet and a pendant for example). As for storks, they have become used to setting up their nests in the surrounding areas of Tabarka. Take one home, in the fun shape of a figurine planted on a piece of local cork-oak, one of the trees present in the forests of Khroumire (Tabarka's backcountry, the town itself being located on Coral Coast). Prices are negotiable in the shops and at the handicraft market on Promenade des Aiguilles, opposite the Genoese fort.

Weather Tabarka

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Tabarka . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Tabarka so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Tabarka , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather November
Overall rating 44/100
  • Temperature indicators 24% Cold

    Maximum temperature between 16°C and 18°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 72% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 54% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 46% Refreshing

    Sea temperature between 20 °C and 22°C. Wind speed between 4 mph and 7 mph.

  • Wind indicators 68% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 68% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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