Zarzis is located in South Tunisia. It is the southernmost resort in the country. The city is located in the southern part of the peninsula, which is also called Zarzis.  There is the island of Djerba in the north, 20 kilometers away. “Roman road” leads to this island. Nowadays it is a highway with a pipeline passing through. Zarzis is located in the vilayet (province) of Medenine, the city of Medenine (capital of the province) that is located 60 kilometers to the west.

At different times, a port and a village situated on the site of current Zarzis. The city arose in this place from a fishing village during the French protectorate. The French liked this place, and Zarzis became a popular place of vocation for soldiers and officers of the French army. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, the French began to develop agriculture. They planted huge plantations of olive trees and date palms around the city. 

The French built the first guesthouses and small hotels. But once they left this place, the development of the resort stopped for decades. Zarzis became a developed resort only at the end of the 20th century.

Tourism is not the main branch of the economy in Zarzis. The main branch of economics in Zarzis is agriculture. The second important branch of the economy is trade. The port has been located here since the ancient Carthage. Fishing is the traditional trade of the Zazians and it is very popular there nowadays.

Tripety Travelers should know that a fully-fledged resort area of ​​the coast begins at Sidi-Kbir mosque and consists of several beaches: Sidi-Kbir, Sonya and Amir. 

You cannot find a traditional Arab medina behind the fortress wall as residential areas lie along the coastline.

You may book the hotel and plan the best convenient place of accommodation with the Tripety business travel app.

  • All palms in Zarzis are date! The best dates are “fingers of light”. 
  • Olive trees are extraordinary long-livers. They live for 1200 – 2000 years! The tree is very unpretentious, and olive groves are everywhere. It is curious that the trees are planted very far from each other – ten meters from each other. This is due to the fact that the root system of olive trees does not extend in-depth, but in breadth.
  •  Men cannot wear a beard without a mustache.
  • Berbers traditionally decorate themselves with tattoos.
  • “Popular” Zarzis recipe for treating jellyfish burns – rub with sand and attach a slice of tomato.

Zarzis is not a place where you can find a large number of archaeological sites and touch the history with the help of ancient buildings or their remains. The only place where you can go for such impressions is the city museum (avenue de l’Eglise), which displays a collection of archaeological finds, as well as, Punic ceramics, steles of the ancient city of Zita and things that demonstrate the peculiarities of the life of the first Tunisian settlements (mainly fishing tackle). The museum is located in the building of an old church, erected in the city at the beginning of the 20th century and it was empty from 1953 to 2003.

Some tourists who travel with the Tripety travel planner consider the unusual white and blue streets of the city to be a landmark, therefore. In your spare time, it is worth taking a walk around the surroundings of the hotels in order to get imbued with the history of the settlement and get to know the culture of the local population.

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