The Cap Bon peninsula is Tunisia’s north-eastern tip, a long finger pointing out across the Mediterranean. It was once linked by a land bridge to Sicily, only 140km away. With its orchards, vineyards and fields of tomatoes, red peppers and other crops, the landscape certainly looks more southern European than North African. During the French protectorate, this was one of the main areas for foreign settlers and you can still see the occasional ruins of red-roofed farm houses and buildings dotted around the countryside. Although agriculture has been important here since ancient times, the French developed the huge citrus groves and revived the vineyards that were planted by the Phoenicians.
Cap Bon still attracts foreigners, who flock to the beautiful beaches on the peninsula’s south-eastern coast. Away from the resorts, it offers old Punic ruins, a Byzantine fortress, a Roman spa town, quiet villages and lovely rural scenery. The most scenic views are along the Gulf of Tunis on the western side.
A car is recommended for a day-trip around Cap Bon from Tunis, a round-trip of 260-270km which will take 9-10 hours. Most sights can also be reached by public transport and a lot of walking (allow two days). You can easily reverse the drive, starting in Hammamet, or cut the day short by returning to Tunis after Kelibia rather than continue on to Nabeul and Hammamet. Hiring a taxi for the day is a slightly more expensive but much more relaxing way to do this fascinating tour.
Read about our own experience of touring Cap Bon on our Tunisia by Taxi page.