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Zarzis (Arabic: جرجيس Zarzīs) is a commune and coastal town in southeastern Tunisia, on the coast of Mediterranean Sea. The climate is mainly dry and sunny, making it a popular tourist destination mixing the old and the traditional. It has a major port where a park of economic activities is based. To the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs the port was of strategic importance.
The city then known as 'Gergis' was located at the western end of Syrtique, not far from the island of Meninx (current Djerba). According to Stadiasme, it has a castle, where stood the ruins and a citadel modern still bearing the old name is pronounced Zarzis now , and port. This town owes its origin perhaps to Gergesiles which, according to ancient Jewish writers, had left the Canaan at the time of Joshua and went to settle in North Africa.
Located at the southern end of the eastern peninsula that bears his name, the delegation of Zarzis has a very large coastline. There are a variety of landscapes reflecting a great diversity of climatic conditions.
The olive occupies a special place in Zarzis . Production of the campaign 1999 - 2000 reached 59,500 tons Olive s, equivalent to 11,900 tons of olive oil. This production is processed through the 57 mills Guimaraes of the delegation and provides more 5,000 direct jobs. In 2011, the city is the scene of stowaway to Europe. The local economy is diverse—agriculture, mainly olives, oil and tourism.
- (French) "But why do they still leave Tunisia? "Time this, TSR, 23 June 2011
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