Gabès, located in the southeast of Tunisia, is an amazing place that mixes beautiful natural oases with a very rich culture. In this guide, we are going to explore together the best places in Gabès, so you can discover why you should definitely include it in your next travel destinations.


A unique destination in Tunisia


Gabès is special because it has an oasis right next to the beach, something you don’t see much in North Africa. Imagine the desert on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other; it is a unique place that is really worth visiting.


Here, you can enjoy nature, learn a bit of history and get to know the local culture. Walking through its markets is a great experience, where you will see many colors, smell all kinds of aromas and taste flavors that will make you feel in the heart of Tunisia.


How to get to Gabès


Getting to Gabès is easier than you think and here’s how to do it, step by step. Tunisia, with its well-connected transport network, makes accessing Gabès convenient and practical from different parts of the country.

By Air

While Gabès does not have its own international airport, you can fly into Djerba-Zarzis International Airport, which is relatively close. From there, you can take a cab or bus that will take you directly to Gabès in a couple of hours. It is a comfortable ride and allows you to enjoy the Tunisian scenery.

By Car

If you like the idea of exploring at your own pace, renting a car can be an excellent option. The roads in Tunisia are in good condition and well signposted, especially those connecting the main cities. From the capital Tunis, for example, Gabès is about a six-hour drive. It’s a long drive, but it gives you the freedom to stop and explore other places along the way.


By Train

Traveling by train is another option for getting to Gabès. Tunisia’s rail network connects the country’s major cities, including Gabès. It is a relaxing way to travel, allowing you to admire the scenery without worrying about traffic.


The Best of Gabès


The Gabès oasis is undoubtedly the heart of the city. This unique ecosystem, with its date palms and orchards, is a haven of freshness and greenery. The Medina, with its labyrinthine alleys, will transport you to another era.

Gabès Ethnographic Museum

For those interested in history and culture, the Ethnographic Museum is a must-see. This museum houses a fascinating collection that tells you the history of the region and its traditions through artifacts and exhibits.

Chenini Gardens

The Chenini Gardens, located on the outskirts of Gabès, are an impressive example of agricultural engineering in arid areas. A walk through these gardens will allow you to appreciate the importance of water and soil in the local culture.


Best Restaurants in Gabès


When you visit Gabès, you’ll come across a surprising variety of places to eat, each offering flavors that capture the essence of Tunisia. Here are some of the best restaurants where you can enjoy the local cuisine.


El Meida Restaurant: El Meida is known for its authentic Tunisian cuisine. Here you can try traditional dishes such as couscous, tajines and a variety of fresh fish, all prepared with a homemade touch that will make you feel at home.


Café de la Mer: Located near the sea, Café de la Mer offers not only a spectacular view but also an excellent selection of seafood. It is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet dinner while listening to the ocean waves.


Le Pacha: It is a restaurant that combines local and international flavors, creating unique dishes that will satisfy everyone. Its relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes it an ideal place for a meal with family or friends.


La Kasbah: For a more intimate experience, La Kasbah offers a cozy atmosphere and refined cuisine. It is a small corner of Gabès where you can enjoy dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients from the region.


Activities you can do in Gabès


Gabès will surprise you with the variety of activities it offers. From cultural explorations to outdoor adventures, here’s what not to miss.

Explore the Oasis

The oasis is the heart of Gabès and a visit here is a must. You can walk among the date palms, discovering small orchards and traditional irrigation systems. It is a perfect place to enjoy nature and learn about life in the oasis.

Stroll through the Medina

The Medina of Gabès is a maze of narrow streets full of history. Here you will find stores selling handicrafts, spices and local products. It is the ideal place to buy souvenirs and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.

Visit the Jara Market

The Jara Market is famous for its carpets and ceramic products. It is a festival of colors and textures where local artisans showcase their skills. In addition, you can sample some local delicacies at the food stalls.

Relax on the Beach

Near Gabès, you will find beautiful Mediterranean beaches. They are perfect for a day of relaxation, swimming or just enjoying the sun. The beaches of Gabès are less crowded than others in Tunisia, offering you a quieter space.


Top Lodging: Barceló in Gabès


The Occidental Lac Tunis in Tunis combines modern luxury and French elegance in a lakeside business district near the airport. It offers 70 Art Deco-style rooms with modern amenities, French-Mediterranean cuisine in its restaurants, and event space. Guests have access to the Nuxe Spa for relaxation. Ideal for exploring the city, it promises an exceptional stay.


Located in one of the most exclusive areas of the capital, the hotel is the ideal starting point for exploring Tunisia’s historical and cultural treasures. Book your stay at and get ready for an experience where luxury and comfort meet exceptional hospitality.


Gabès is that destination that surprises you and invites you to return. Its combination of oasis, culture and hospitality makes this place a landmark in Tunisia that you cannot miss. And remember, to make your experience even more pleasant, choose to stay at the incomparable Occidental Lac Tunis, where every detail is designed for your comfort.