As soon as we enter the old port of Bizerte, an intricate mix of beautiful views, centuries-old monuments and the buzzing aisles of the market will unfold before us.
Bizerte is the northernmost city in Africa and one of the oldest cities of Tunisia which was founded by the Phoenicians.
Often lost in the shuffle when it comes to Tunisian cities, Bizerte has everything for everyone, from crystal-clear sandy beaches for sun-worshippers to ancient monuments and natural parks for history buffs and nature lovers. Bizerte is a nice, walkable city which boasts one of the quietest and most charming ports in Tunisia.
Dating back from ancient times, Bizerte’s vieux port (old port) is one of the most charming spots in Bizerte which is nestled at the heart of the old town. It was built by Phoenicians who used it as an important shipping spot for ages and it once served as a naval base under the French protectorate in 1881. Nowadays, local fishermen hop on their small fishing boats bringing in their daily catch.
The old port is an undeniably quaint and beautiful location facing the seventeenth century Kasbah (citadel) on the other side of the canal with its impressive ramparts. From this perspective, the view is quite a sight.
Dotted with colorful fishing boats and surrounded by picturesque houses, bustling cafés and restaurants, the old port takes on a different vibe in the evening when bistros and terrace cafes invade the quays.
As you wander through the aisles of the old city just behind the port, you will discover a colorful market with rows of stalls selling fruits and vegetables, spices, pottery, fresh seafood and fish.
In this small port village you can have a taste of the local food and soak in the beauty of an idyllic sunset.
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