** Tunisia - Utica - Bizerte * - * Lake Ishkel - ** Cape Serrat - Mater - ** Tunisia (317 km)
The route begins in Tunisia ** (p.26) and is on the road, with the Museum of Bardo. You will be introduced to the Roman Utica, Bizerte, reminiscent of the French seaside, enjoy pristine nature at Lake Ishkel, visit the Cape Serrat. This day trip can be accomplished only by your own transport.
Utica ** (Utique), 33 km, - Antique Utica, the place of modern excavations - located on Route R8 leading from Tunis to Bizerte. Utica, founded in 1101 BC Medjerda in the estuary, is the oldest known settlements of Phoenicians on African soil. However, hardly traces of culture Dorian era are found in studies of the Necropolis. After the destruction of Carthage, Utica up to 14 g BC was the main city of the new Roman province. However, due to the silting of the river mouth of the once bustling port town lost its economic value. Today, parts of the city buried under layers meter of silt and sand.
The museum houses some artifacts found during the excavations, valuable specimens were sent to the Bardo Museum. The most interesting objects found during excavations, is a villa, known as the "House of waterfalls» («la Maison de la cascade»).
The building was built in the I century. BC Devoid of decorations for the outer wall hidden room, which are arranged around a courtyard formed by a colonnade (peristyle courtyard) and side yards with lots of fountains. Gender of colored marble reception hall decorated. In the pool you can see the most ancient Roman mosaics of Tunisia (for the tip minister opens wooden screens that protect the mosaic). The passage to the courtyard, where you can get into the individual chambers lined with stone elevations to the bed - all the typical signs of a prestigious Roman North African home. Such a structure is stored in the device Arab houses, known as "gift" to this day.
(Opening hours: 8.30-17.30 vt.-cht. summer to 8.30-19.30).
* Bizerte (Bizerte; 100,000 pop.), 85 km, is also on the Phoenician and Roman foundations. Face of the city built up the industrial suburbs and its rectangular layout, brought the French colonization. Bizerte received notoriety in 1961, when the active entry against the preservation of French garrison in the harbor (Tunisia in 1957 was already independent) cost the lives of 700 Tunisians.
The main attraction of the city - guarded by two forts Old Harbour, where the fishermen patch up their networks involuntarily imagine yourself somewhere in the south of France. In the interior of the life of the casbah, built in the XVII century. on the north side of the harbor, there is no French. Perched on the ramparts, you can see a picture of the old quarters: motley patchwork carpet of flat roofs, streets and domes, settled under the protection of the walls. Their center is a small mosque, minaret which gives the inhabitants belonging to the casbah hanefitam.
Bizerte deserves a long stay, but of course, you can afford a break in one of the cafes or restaurants on the Route de la Corniche.
ONTT, 1, Rue de Constantinople,
tel.: 01/43 28 97.
Bus: Tunisia, Mater, Jendouba, Tabarka.
Le Petit Mousse,
route de la corniche,
tel.: 02/43 90 23.
Pleasant restaurant on the boulevard, fish specialties.