Bizerte and the northern coast

The northern coast of Tunisia is a string of deserted beaches and rocky coves. In this region, there are also extraordinary sites, natural ones such as Lake Ichkeul, or historical ones such as Utica, Bizerte and Ghar el-Melh. 

If you like to swim on deserted beaches, disembark a boat on a wild island, or dive to seek out underground caves, the northern coast of Tunisia is for you. Cape Serrat, Cape Hmem or Ras Angela (the most northern point of Africa) are idyllic spots left off the typical tourist itineraries. 

From Cap Engela to Cap Hmem

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Marsa Dhouiba beach

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One of the most extraordinary natural sites in Tunisia can be found not far from Bizerte: Lake Ichkeul and its mountain. The last major fresh water lake of North Africa, Lake Ichkeul is a fascinatingly beautiful body of water and a refuge for numerous birds. Hiking trails wind around the forested mountain that overlooks it. 

Visit other rich historical locations of the region: the antique site of Utica, the old town of Bizerte as well as the fortresses of Ghar el-Melh, military port in the 17th century. 

One hour’s drive from Tunis by motorway, the coastal town of Bizerte welcomes you for summer holidays on luxurious sandy beaches. 


The Byblos lounge restaurant in Raf-Raf, a magical place directly on the beach.


Still not appearing on the typical tourist itineraries, the town of Bizerte is worth a visit for the authentic atmosphere of its fortified medina and the charming ambience of its old port. In contrast, the town has recently built an ultramodern marina. 

Ichkeul National Park

A solitary green mountain rising out of the plains, a vast natural lake in a semi-arid land… Ichkeul National Park presents a fascinating landscape full of mystery. It is also a remarkable destination for wildlife. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


Utica was one of the oldest towns in the western Mediterranean, founded by the Phoenicians before Carthage. The site boasts some unusual remains: a Punic necropolis, Roman houses, mosaics…

Ghar el-Melh

This small town whose name means “salt cave” (but which the Italians called Porto Farina) was in the 17th century Tunisia’s principal naval base. There still exist three fortresses and the galleries of the ancient arsenal.

Sejnane and Cape Serrat

The inhabitants of Sejnane are known for their skill as potters. They work the clay according to inmemorial methods and make objects decorated in red and brown in the Berber style. There is also a colonial train station in Sejnane, whose former industrial facilities (iron ore transportation) are today colonised every springtime by storks who come to nest. Cape Serrat’s superb beach is just a few kilometres away. 

Tunis, Carthage and Sidi Bou Saïd

The capital of Tunisia is both a great historical city and a modern metropolis overflowing with life. There is much to see and visit in Tunis and its surrounding areas: the great medina, the Tunis of 1900, the village of Sidi Bou Saïd, the Bardo museum, the ruins of Carthage… Read more.
The medina of Tunis and the ruins of Carthage have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. 

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