Bizerte, town in northern Tunisia. It lies along the Mediterranean coast at the mouth of a channel that links Lake Bizerte with the sea.

With its picturesque old port, beautiful beaches, atmospheric corniche and great restaurants, Bizerte is one of the belles of the north and makes the perfect base to explore along the northern coastlines, from the Mediterranean beauties of Raf Raf and Cap Serrat, to Ichkeul National Park inland.

Spanish Fort

Built from 1570 to 1573 by Ulj Ali, the military ruler of Algiers, and named for a military victory over the Spanish, this fortress overlooks the medina from the north. All that remains are two long wall sections and one citadel. The views across the town, over the modern cement amphitheater, are stupendous.

Ksibah

This squat little fort, facing the kasbah, was modified by the Aghlabids in the 9th century, who added the attractive arched skifa (gate) and a courtyard with a set of cells – not for prisoners, but for silent study of the Quran. Also known as Fort Sidi Henni.

Remel Plage

Remel Plage, a long stretch of sand with a backdrop of pine groves, and it even has its own dramatically wrecked ship in the shallows.

Great Mosque

Built in 1652, this mosque has an octagonal, stone-built minaret decorated with blue-and-white tiling.

Deconsecrated Cathedral

The deconsecrated French-built cathedral, a grey concrete modernist structure with vertical stripes of stained glass, is now a cultural center.

Road transport

Located about 57 km north-west of Tunis.

Air transport

The closest airport in Tunisia is Tunis Carthage International Airport in a distance of 57 km.