Tunisia’s coastal town of Gammarth: A perfect blend of luxury and nature

Gammarth offers a one-of-a-kind experience, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in nature through its beaches and hills.
Sunday 08/07/2018
A sky view of of the coastal town of Gammarth. (Ministry of Tourism)
A sky view of of the coastal town of Gammarth. (Ministry of Tourism)

GAMMARTH - Whether one enjoys lying on sandy, sun-kissed beaches contemplating the azure sea, hiking in quiet green woods listening to the rustling of foliage or exploring bustling streets full of shops and restaurants, the town of Gammarth has something to offer.

Gammarth, in the northern suburbs of Tunis, is both a soothing haven and a vibrant night-time hub, famous for its five-star hotels and nightclubs, as well as its serene beaches, majestic forest and panoramic view of the sea.

Along with the neighbouring towns of La Marsa and Carthage, Gammarth is dedicated to preserving its reputation as a coastal town boasting serenity and natural wealth.

While Gammarth is a luxury tourist destination today, before Tunisia’s independence in the 1950s it was a small village known for fishing and agriculture. Tourism is now the backbone of the local economy as hotels occupy the coastal strip but the town has more to offer than touristic zones.

A general view of Gammarth. (The Ministry of Tourism)
A general view of Gammarth. (The Ministry of Tourism)

“Gammarth has its own unique characteristics, its own culture and its own scenery, which sets it apart from other towns in the northern suburbs of Tunis. It is more than a touristic zone. It is a natural treasure for all the natural gems it still preserves,” said Houssem Azouz, president of the Association of Friends of Gammarth.

“Gammarth also has its own architectural style, which, unfortunately, is disappearing. Gammarth used to be an agricultural village with a dozen of houses. These houses used to have cellars but this patrimony is beginning to disappear. Only a few traditional houses remain today.”

Overlooking the Gulf of Tunis, Gammarth offers a one-of-a-kind experience, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in nature through its beaches and hills, discover history by exploring excavations at the hill and experience luxury at its hotels.

The village of Gammarth dates to ancient times, with excavations at Gammarth Hill revealing Talmudic inscriptions. The excavations show ancient burial chambers dating to Roman times in the second century when Carthage, only kilometres away, was prospering.

Historians also remark that Gammarth had a strong Jewish presence. Excavations indicate the town had a Jewish necropolis in the second century. The remains of columns and temples dating to the Romans are a testament to the role the village had in monitoring the Mediterranean.

Stretched along the hills offering a panoramic view of the sea, Gammarth’s forest is a natural gem.

“The forest is known for its botanic wealth, for its beautiful scenery and for its Punic and Roman vestiges that were dug up,” said Bechir Bey, president of the association of protecting the forest of Gammarth. “It has a varied population of animals and a wealth of all types of plants and flowers unique to this area, which constitute a part of the ecological system.

“In addition to hotels, the forest can be an attraction in Gammarth. It is a natural park that could be enjoyed by locals and tourists as well as it contains a part of our cultural and historical monuments after excavations unearthed Punic and Roman monuments. It could be a site for attraction that adds to the image of Gammarth being a touristic attraction. It can be a destination for its natural landscape and scenery that it offers visitors.”

A camel sits on a beach in the resort of Gammarth. (AFP)
A camel sits on a beach in the resort of Gammarth. (AFP)

Gammarth has numerous five-star hotels and high-end restaurants. Night life is vibrant, with many nightclubs and music venues offering a selection of popular and traditional genres.

Gammarth has a marina port with a stunning view. The port, close to Sicily and Sardinia, is an easy access point for yacht club members. The marina, which is the newest port in Tunisia, is also close to downtown Tunis and the airport. It has 14 berths of 25 metres and one long side berth of 35 metres. Tunisia’s newest marina promises to be an attraction because it is reputed for its luxury and mesmerising surroundings.

The port is a great area to dock yachts as it is close to high-quality restaurants and shops, with a great view of the village. The port can accommodate Gammarth club members participating in water sports and hosts motocross competitions and championships attracting international audiences.

Stretched along the coastal line of the Gulf of Tunis, the different sides of Gammarth are exciting, luxurious and full of Tunisia’s natural beauty.