Gabes is the capital city of the Gabès Governorate, a province of Tunisia. It lies on the coast of the Gulf of Gabès. To the north are the fringes of the fertile Sahel, to the south lies the coastal zone known as the Littoral, merging on the landward side into the semi-desertic Djeffara plain which extends to the Libyan frontier.
Gabès is famous for its traditional Souqs in Jarah; it is known also for its attractive beach and the unusual seaside oasis (Gabès is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea). The best parts of the beach are in the south of the city (Road to Djerba). The best one is the Lemawa or Lemaya beach. The government is planning to build a tourist zone there in the coming years. Gabès has a unique feature in the world, in this city you find the mountain, the sea, the oasis and the desert. The most visited place in Gabès is the town Matmata.
Things to See & Do
* The traditional souks
* The Kornich
* Sidi Boulbaba
* Lemaya Beach
* Zaouia Sidi Ahmed Toujani
Cruise Season – Oct - May
Currency – Tunisian Dinar (TND)
Language – Arabic
Population – 117,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 216
Transport Links – Gabes is served by the Gabes-Matmata International Airport located in the city.
Gabès is terminus of a narrow gauge branch railway from the capital, and is the nearest railway station to the Libyan border at Ras Ajdir.
Gabès has also one of the biggest ports in Tunisia; it is used usually to ship the mineral products from the city of Gafsa.