Long thought of simply as tourist trap for pigmentally challenged English families, Gammarthin Tunisia is really starting to come into its own.
With miles of white sandy coastline off the Mediterranean Sea and a temperate climate all year round, it’s easy to see how Gammarth has become a favourite for Brits abroad. Restaurants and bars have popped up all over town, making Gammarth a great place to spend a week – especially if you’re planning on travelling further into Tunisiaor even elsewhere in Africa, since this is one of the northernmost points.
Soak up some local history by exploring the ancient ruins and fishing communities that dot the Carthage Coast, and make the most of the French influence by enjoying the exquisite cuisine on offer in the French Ville. Gammarth may be a British favourite, but its appeal is far broader than that.
Gammarth’s Top 10
10. Lake Ichkeul National Park A haven for all sorts of wildlife and a World Heritage-listed site.
5. The Bardo Perhaps the best museum in Tunisia.
9. Ain Draham This hill town nestled among the mountains is a perfect opportunity to see how the locals live.
4. Carthage Museum Includes artefacts, ruins and a model of the ancient city that once rivalled Rome for influence.
8. Kroumirie Mountains Known as the ‘African Alps’, this former French hunting ground is a great spot for hiking.
3. Bay of Tunis Spectacular views that have to be seen to be believed.
7. The French Ville Nouvelle Very elegant (of course!), with shops, cafés and restaurants to splurge in.
2. Sidi Bou Said This cobblestoned village is said to have inspired artists and poets over the centuries.
6. Carthage Golf Course The oldest course in the country. Even if you don’t play, you’ll enjoy the panoramic views.
1. Carthage Coast Jet ski or sail up the coast for water sports, clear views and luxurious resort living.
- Carthage - The ancient architecture of this famous city near Gammarth is the main attraction of the area.
- Sidi Bou - This quaint village still lives much as it did in the ancient past, which makes it a great place to visit for those interested in history.
- Zitouna Mosque - Located near Gammarth, this ancient mosque is known for its murals and beautiful architecture.
- Arabic Old Town - Located in nearby Tunis, this historical core is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Gammarth Art & Culture
- Jazz in Carthage - This is a 10-day festival held every April and brings jazz musicians from all over the world.
- Gammarth Fine Art Gallery – This gallery displays paintings and sculptures from around the region.
- National Museum of Carthage - One of the most important historical museums in the area, it tells the history of this ancient city.
- Oceanographic Museum – Fascinating displays of marine life make this museum a major attraction.
- Le Bardo Museum - Located near Gammarth, this is one of the largest museums in the world and is known for its wide variety of exhibits.
- Zephyr Shopping Centre - Just about everything is available at this large shopping centre, including home decor items and food.
- Medina - This large market is a great place to find local souvenirs and gifts, but be sure to haggle hard.
- Tunis Market - Located near Gammarth, this market is the best place in the area for delicious local snacks.
- Central Market - This market in Tunis sells all types of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Nefta Plaza - The handmade carpets are the main attraction of this open-air market.
Gay & Lesbian Gammarth
- Abou Nawas Hotel - This modern hotel caters to a more upscale gay and lesbian crowd travelling to Gammarth.
- Corinthia Khamsa Hotel - This gay-friendly hotel features large, modern rooms with all the desired amenities.
- Oriental Palace Hotel - This gay-friendly hotel is one of the nicest in the area.
- El Hana International - The bar in this famous hotel is one of the best places to dance the night away.
- La Plaza - This funky bar has a lively dance floor and caters to a mixed crowd of gay and straight customers.
- La Marsa - The chic white-sand beaches found here are perfect if you just want to relax and catch some rays.
- Khoumirie Mountains - Many hikers flock to the top of this mountain that offers stunning views of the area.
- Lake Ichkheul National Park - A fantastic array of wildlife is found in this park, the only national park in Gammarth.
- Dah Dah Happy Land Entertainment Park - This theme park is a great way to spend the day outdoors.
- Parc National du Jebel Bou Kornine - Many people come to take pictures of the manicured gardens of this park.
- Watch a car race at the Circuit du Belvedere.
- Play a round at the Golf de Carthage.
- Come catch one of the Les Aigles de Carthage’s exciting football matches.
- Watch a football match at Tunis Stadium near Gammarth.
- Play a game of basketball or volleyball at Tunis Sports City.
July’s International Festival of Carthage is the country’s largest performing arts events, featuring local and international acts in the old Roman amphitheatre.
The Carthage Musical takes centre stage in October. This classical music festival features groups from around the world at the Acropolium on Byrsa Hill.
During the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the Muslim population fast for Ramadan.At the end of the fasting period, markets and food stalls spring up across town and allow tourists and locals to sample traditional celebration food.
When To Go
Gammarth enjoys long, hot summers and mild winters.
The summer months of July and August see 11-12 hours of sunlight a day and temperatures well above 30ºC (86ºF). The coastal location means that sea breezes make the heat bearable, even when the sun is at its hottest.
If the heat sounds a bit much, try visiting in spring or autumn. It’s dry, but not so hot – and far less crowded!
Taxis are the most efficient way of getting around Gammarth. Most hotels will help you book them.
Public buses don’t run in the city centre, but there are private bus services that will take you to popular destinations or neighbouring cities.
There is no reason not to walk around and discover the smaller regions for yourself. It is perfectly safe, with lots of families and friendly locals.
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