Founded by the Carthaginians in the 5th century BC, Kelibia is a coastal town on Tunisia’s Cap Bon peninsula. It was here that the Siege of Aspis took place in 255 BC as part of the First Punic War, with the Romans defeating the Carthaginians and continuing to advance inland across North Africa.
Things to do in Kelibia
Watching over the city is the beautifully restored Kelibia Fort, which was originally built by the Carthaginians in the 5th century BC. It rises atop a 77-metre-high hill and offers magnificent views across the Mediterranean Sea. Learn about its use by the Zirid dynasty from the 10th century and its period under Ottoman rule before providing a base for Italian and German forces during World War II.
For a day at the beach, head to the white sands of Plage de La Mansourah, which is located north of Kelibia’s city centre. It’s backed by breezy restaurants where you can dine throughout the day and is an easy stroll from Plage du Petit Paris. Further north lies the wild expanse of Plage de Sidi Mansour with its grass-blanketed dunes, crustacean-filled rock pools and herd of resident goats.
A short drive north of Kelibia is the Kerkouane Archaeological Museum, which encompasses the remains of a centuries-old Phoenician town. Stroll between the atmospheric ruins and relax on one of the many benches before browsing the excavated treasures on display in the small museum. In addition to ancient statues and ceramic artworks, it boasts an impressive collection of jewellery.
Getting around Kelibia
Kelibia is around two hours’ drive from Tunis and Tunis-Carthage International Airport, which has flights to destinations across North Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Buses connect from the Tunisian capital to Kelibia and travel throughout the city.