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La Goulette, Tunisia’s little Sicily

Located in the northern suburbs of Tunis, La Goulette is renowned for its seaside feel. Tourists and families from the region come here to eat fresh fish, enjoy the sunny terraces and relax in the Big Blue. The name comes from the Italian “gola”, meaning gorge in French. A place of cultural cross-fertilization, La Goulette has long been home to Maltese and southern Italians. Rich in these influences, it’s not uncommon to hear phrases from the Sicilian dialect in Goulette’s alleyways.

Vestiges of a multicultural past

While the La Goulette district may not be renowned for its historical monuments, there are some interesting sites that bear witness to the passage of many European communities over the centuries. Fort Karaka, built in the 16th century by the Spanish Emperor Charles V, is a perfect example! With its museum, this site not only recounts the history of the region, but also offers a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. Then there’s the little church of Saint Augustin and Saint Fidèle, run by Sicilian and Maltese Capuchin friars. And let’s not forget the mosque near the port, with its traditional architecture.


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Beaches to relax on

La Goulette is a great place to chill out. The main beach is close to the port. As well as being easily accessible, it boasts a wide stretch of sand. There’s plenty of space for strolling and sunbathing, without getting stuck together! The atmosphere is lively, thanks in particular to the many beach clubs dotting the seafront. A little further on, a 10-minute walk away, is Kheireddine beach. Quieter, it offers greater relaxation and privacy.


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Seafood worth the detour

Seaside means seafood. Or fresh fish, if you prefer! Restaurants offer a wide variety: prawns, langoustines, squid, mussels and even lobster. As for specialties, don’t leave La Goulette without sampling the delicious grouper couscous, bulgur with stuffed squid or fish soup. And if you’re looking for something to eat on the go, fricassé is a must! A small fried sandwich filled with olives, tuna, hard-boiled eggs and potatoes, with a hint of harissa. A real treat!

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Published on 26 November 2023