Port La Goulette is the cruise port for Tunis - Tunisia's capital and largest city with population over 1 million (metro over 2,6 million). The port town La Goulette is on Mediterranean Sea (in North Africa's Maghreb region) and has population around 46,000. TGM railway (Tunis-Goulette-Marsa rail line) links to Tunis City (approx 11 km / 7 mi away).
Main tourist attraction in La Goulette is the Kasbah 16th-century fortress built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500-1558) and Charles I of Spain (1516-1556).
Tunis Metro (aka Grand Tunis) covers total area approx 213 km2 (82 mi2). City's economy is largely based on the service sector (tertiary industry), industrial production, agriculture (particularly wine and olive oil), finances and banking, tourism. The city holds several annual festivals, the largest being Carthage International Festival (July-August). Among the best-known tourist attractions and landmarks are Medina (UNESCO Site with palaces, mosques, mausoleums, madrasas (schools), fountains), Bardo Museum (13th-century palace, has a large collection of Roman and Ancient Greece artifacts), Carthage ruins (capital of Ancient Carthage / Phoenician state 814-146 BC), souks (covered streets with shops and artisans), ancient city walls and gates, many large nature parks, Habib Thameur (garden).
In January 2020, a joint venture of MSC Cruises and Global Ports Holding Plc (2004-founded, UK-based port operator company) finalized the acquisition of Goulette Shipping Cruise (operator of La Goulette cruise port). The cruise port concession was awarded in 2006 (on a 30-year basis) with the option to extend for an additional 20 years. In 2010, here were handled ~900,000 cruise tourists, and average 441,000 annually between 2011-2014.
Tunis cruise terminal
As a Tunis cruise port terminal serves the commercial pier at Port La Goulette. This is a fishing and ferry port located approx 13 km (8 mi) to the north from the city. Recent port development projects added 2 new docks and a new cruise terminal building at Goulette Village Harbor - a popular tourist destination of itself.
The new cruise terminal complex offers premium facilities - from shopping, food and beverages through banks, tour services and wellness (Spa) with various activities and live entertainment. Tunis cruise terminal is within a walking distance from downtown La Goulette where can be found some of the country's best seafood restaurants and cafes. There is a taxi rank at seaport's gate. The typical rate to downtown is USD 10 (one-way) or USD 25 per hour (taxi driver hire). Other options are electric trains.
Tunis tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Carthage: World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is one of the most popular sites in Tunisia with the stunning Amphitheatre and the Antonine Baths, Roman buildings.
- Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul: it dates form 1882. The cathedral is the largest colonial era building that survived. The style is neo-Romanesque.
- Bardo Museum: discover one of the world’s largest mosaics selections.
- The Medina of Tunis: UNESCO World Heritage Site listed. The medieval Islamic city is among the best-preserved in the world. You can feel the 13th century atmosphere with the amazing charm of the oriental.
- Zitouna Mosque: or Jemaa ez-Zitouna is the Tunisia’s largest mosque dating from the 8th century.
- Sidi Bou Said: the amazing blue-door village offers breathing Mediterranean view from a rocky hill. The city enchants with its facades in white covered with bougainvillea and geraniums in different colors.
- Hammamet/ Nabeul: the resort is located in Cap Bon. It offers hotels and amazing beaches.
- Dougga: UNESCO World Heritage Site listed from 1997 representing ” the best-preserved Roman small town in North Africa.” The city is located in the northern part of Tunisia and features archeological site over 65 hectares.
- Kairouan: the first muslims and Arabs capital is located 150 km from Tunis cruise port (in the country’s center). The city dates from 671 and there are amazing monuments including the mausoleum of Sidi Sahbi, the Medina of Kairouan and the Great Mosque. Kiarouan is the center of the Berber handmade carpets.