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La Goulette is located at around Coordinates: on a sandbar between Lake Tūnis and the Gulf of Tunis. The port, located 12km east of Tunis, is the point of convergence of Tunisia's major road and rail networks. La Goulette is linked to Tunis by the TGM railway and to Europe by a ferry service.
Origin of the name
The name derives from the "gullet" or "river's throat", a channel where the city is located, and not from the ship type schooner, called goélette, gulet, goleta or goletta in French, Turkish, Spanish and Italian.
In addition to its transit and cruise activities, the port of La Goulette also receives ships carrying homogeneous cargoes such as cars, bulk cereals. It handles a large portion of the country's imports and much of its exports (principally phosphates, iron ore, and fruits and vegetables).
However, the development plan of the port provides for its specialization as a port exclusively reserved for passenger and tourist traffic.
The port was a popular destination for summer holidays in the 19th Century, known as 'La Petite Sicile'. It was also home to a sizeable Jewish, Italian, and Maltese community.
- European enclaves in North Africa before 1830
- Tunisian navy (1705-1881)
- Luis Fajardo, attacked this place in 1609
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- Media related to La Goulette at Wikimedia Commons
- 1996 film inspired by pre-1967 religious diversity in area