Let’s imagine beautiful coral reefs, sandy beaches and green hills cut by streams murmuring cheerfully. It’s Tabarka, a small town situated on an island in the northern part of Tunisia.
Europe doesn’t lack in great places for diving. Not all, however, can boast such beautiful reefs which were a subject of fights between many countries for centuries. But it was like that (several times) in case of the coral reefs of Tabarka, a little island in the northern part of Tunisia. Hilly area is densely covered with orange trees, figs and olives. There are also cypresses, pines and cork oaks and the landscape is complemented by picturesque bays and a rocky coastline.
In fact, Tabarka is more of an archipelago than an island. In its immediate vicinity are located its smaller sisters: La Nao, La Galera and La Cantera. You can get there by ferry, from ports in Alicante, Torrevieja and Santa Pola. Or you can get into a plane from the capital of Tunisia, Tunis.
Coral reefs of Tabarka
Many tourists consider Tabarka as one of the quietest and greenest cities in Tunisia. The local reefs attract thousands of diving enthusiasts, as well as movie fans each year - the resort hosts the festival of underwater film and photography, as well as several music festivals.
Tabarka is very famous both among divers and lovers of corals. One of the most popular souvenirs imported from the island is coral jewelry, but the coral festival enjoys a huge interest as well.
The most beautiful coral reefs can be found in the National Marine Park, as well as near the rocky islands of La Galite. There are about 20 diving spots, including the amazing Pigeons Cave, with a rocky, colorful bottom and the water full of tiny fish, which is perfect for beginners. The depth of the cave oscillates around 3-12 meters. The Rock of Hakes, with a width of 10 meters is equally remarkable. Seemingly, you can see hakes weighing up to 40 kg swimming in this area.
The Cape of Tabarka offers divers thousands of shoals of multicolored fish and a water depth from 3 to 20 meters. A huge abundance of fauna and flora, including colorful anemones, majestic octopuses, funny crawfish, and a rocky bottom with lots of algae and rare black corals – these are the advantages of the local waters.
Water and land entertainments
Apart from diving, visitors can try windsurfing, flying over the waves on paraglides, or floating over the land in a hot air balloon. It’s also an ideal place for trekking, fishing and sunbathing on the sandy beach, that stretches to the east of the island. Tabarka is also popular among golfers - many of them come here specifically to play on the 18-hole golf course located on the island. The complex has a restaurant and a golf club. The field is not only large, but also very picturesque - on one side there’s a beach, on the other - a pine-oak forest.
It’s worth mentioning that Tabarka is a marine reserve, where you can see the species of fish, which cannot be seen anywhere else. It’s worth to go on one of the numerous cruises, because each ship has a clear bottom, perfect for observing the marine life. You can also take the equipment for snorkeling - here it would be especially useful.
Tabarka also tempts with Roman ruins and a sixteenth-century fort, which now houses a museum of mosaics. A tourist attraction are also genuine rock formations, resembling columns, and the lush flora of the island.
Regardless of whether we want to spend holidays here, splashing in the water, lying on the beach or wandering between orange and olive trees, on this tiny island we’ll definitely spend many unforgettable moments.