Ruins of Kerkouane
Ruins of Kerkouane
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tikicici2
Florida251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
its one of the less visited places i have ever being. Maybe the most impressive of them all. there are open bath that you can see the primitive mosaics and the bath tubs with the original purple plaster of over 3K years.
Written 24 June 2022
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Tracy P
Hong Kong, China656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Since 250 BC, it had been abandoned and no reconstruction after the Roman conquer. But the ruins are still kept well even up to now. Visitors can freely walk around and enjoy the waves attacking the sea coast nearby. Bear in mind that it’s always windy.
Written 22 December 2019
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peetajohn
Norton, UK674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is a fascinating Punic era city thought to have been abandoned before the Romans arrived.
It is a little bit out of the way and there are minimal description signs around the site so you need a guide or a guidebook to understand it all.
The planned layout of the town is excellent and the facilities in the houses are brilliant to behold. There is also clearly much more to be uncovered as well.
There is a small café/shop/toilets at the entrance.
A fascinating place which I would recommend to anyone.
Written 1 November 2019
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
These ruins were very interesting. It's one of the few sites in North Africa that is pure Punic, never having been built overtop by Rome or any other civilization. And it's set along the Mediterranean shore with great views. be sure to venture out here to see this Punic site.
Written 21 October 2019
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paulinehhchan
Singapore, Singapore105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
Wonderful huge archeological sites that is a must see. So rich in history. The personnel are still continuing slowly uncovering more of the entire place
Written 24 July 2019
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jebskulker
Sydney, NSW2,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
I came here with a guide who explained the history to me. He basically explained this was the only Punic site in Tunisia which existed before the Romans, and one of the rare Punic sites to be found in the Middle East, so in that respect it's well worth a visit. It's a small site, but it's nicely located next to the coastline. Definitely interesting to see how people lived in their houses over 2000 years ago. The little museum isn't well labelled but is also quite interesting.
Written 14 November 2018
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AJB
Gloucestershire, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
What a stunning layout of a Punic town. Wonderful sea-shore location, and delightful small museum showing that not everything beautiful waited for the Romans to conquer North Africa! The hip baths (in every large house) are a real surprise. Unfortunately no reliable explanation of why it was left abandoned after the Romans came. Huge site that requires a lot more research to be done.
Written 12 October 2018
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Hikmat_Shah
Sydney, Australia51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018
I guess these Punic rooms are one of the only sites remaining in the world. The site is very difficult to get to without private transportation or a tour. This site is extremely vast and the location next to the sea gives it a fabulous location to visit and enjoy yourself.
Written 27 August 2018
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Jack L
Toronto41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
From the capital, Tunis, you can take those south bound trains destinated to Sousse or Sfax, and get off at Hammamet. Change to an east bound train to Nabeul. At Nabeul, ask a taxi driving you to the louage hub, which is just beside the bus station. Taxi only costs 3 Tunisian Dinar. The white van departs when fully loaded. I stayed overnight at Nabeul and took taxi to the louage hub early in morning. It happened a van to Kelibia was waiting for a last passenger to get a full load. So I was on the way to kelibia immediately. It appeared the best time to get on a louage quickly is in the morning when more passengers need transportation were gathered. You may have to wait longer to have a louage fully loaded later on the day.

There are actually two louage hubs in Nabeul. The one going to Kelibia is at the east end of the city as described above. The other louage hub near city center is going to Hammamet and Tunis. Make sure you ask taxi drive you to the right one.

The louage dropped passengers at the Kelibia bus station. Cross the small parking ground, you will see a line of taxis. You can then take a taxi to Kerkouane ruin site. The taxi first drove on a main road (highway), then branched to a local road toward the sea. The ruin locates beside seashore. There is no commercial facility around. Make you feel the site is in a quite remote area.

I don't remember the entrance fare now; but I do remember my inmpression that the fare is high to local living standard. Wonder could that be the reason I was the lone visitor. The site was well maintained as it is clean, no debris and no litter. However, while walking around, I had a feeling of missing something. I think the reason was that the site area is not really big. Remain of the lower portion of each housing unit look similar. You see one you see them all. The site is on a flat land; plain and straightforward. Lack of sophistication to stimulate visitors' curiosity. There is a museum. But the disply, in my oponion, is not abundant.

I strolled the site quickly and completed the visit in one hour, because I had to reply on the same taxi to drive me back Kelibia and the meter continued ticking while waiting. There was no other alternative transportation available. At Kelibia, there were direct busses to Tunis.
Written 7 January 2018
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BaghdadSuzanne
Brussels, Belgium282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
Sometimes less is more and this is one of those instances: as the only surviving purely Punic site in the world that was not rebuilt by the Romans, it is definitely worth a visit. Smaller than some of the other sites, most of the walls are still standing and one can get a very good idea of how this people lived. With the Mediterranean crashing against the retaining wall on the sea front, how long will it be before this site gets ravaged by the waves so definitely warrants the effort. Public transport was easy from Tunis: a louage from the Bab Alouia station (6.50 TD) to Kelibia and from there a taxi (preferably with a meter) to the site which takes 10 mins and I paid 6 TD. One can also arrange with the same taxi the return to Kelibia.
Written 6 November 2017
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