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Nabeul is located in Tunisia
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 36°27′15″N 10°44′5″E / 36.45417°N 10.73472°E / 36.45417; 10.73472Coordinates: 36°27′15″N 10°44′5″E / 36.45417°N 10.73472°E / 36.45417; 10.73472
CountryFlag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia
GovernorateNabeul Governorate
 • Total73,128
Time zoneUTC1 (CET)

Nabeul (Arabic: نابلAbout this soundNābil) is a coastal town located in north-eastern Tunisia, on the south coast of the Cape Bon peninsula and entoured by the Mediterranean Sea on both sides. It is the first seaside resort[1] in Tunisia. It is known for its agricultural riches and its touristic potentials. The city had a population of 73,128 as of the 2014 census.[2]


Nabeul was founded in the 5th century BC by the Greeks of Cyrene, serving as a trade port. Its present name is an arabization of its Greek name Neápolis (Νεάπολις, "New City"), which was a common name of Greek colonies.

Neapolis, on the 4th-century Tabula Peutingeriana.

During antiquity, Neapolis was also the seat of an ancient Christian bishopric[3] The Bishopric was founded during the Roman Empire and survived through the arian Vandal and Orthodox Byzantine empires, only ceasing to function with the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. The diocese was re founded in name at least in the 20th century as a titular see of the Roman Catholic church.[4] Due to its location by the Mediterranean coast, it remains today a popular tourist destination and the main centre of the Tunisian pottery industry.


Nabeul, as well as the whole region of Cape Bon is known for its moderate climate.[5] In January, the temperature reaches 8.4°C on the minimum average, with the maximum average attaining 15.8°C. In August, the minimum temperature is 22.6°C while the maximum is 30.6°C.


Nabeul's economy is based primarily on tourism. The most famous hotels are mainly located at the seaside. The most known tourist resorts in Nabeul include the Roman archaeological site of Neapolis (positioned 2 kilometres away from downtown), the archaeological museum which offers ceramic and Punic statues dating back to 7th century BC and an important collection of roman mosaics proceeded from sites of the region.

Souk El Balgha is considered as one of the most ancient and special souks in the region of Nabeul. It was dedicated to fabricating and selling the "balgha" heelless slippers made from leather. Souk Haddada is devoted for sheet metal workers. Souk Ezzit is where the traders sold the oil. The weekly Souk which takes place every Friday attracts many tourists and locals. The Medina of Nabeul can be accessed through many doors: Beb Blad, the main entry, Beb el Zaouia and Beb el Khoukha.[6]


Nabeul is also known in Tunisia and abroad for its handicraft which consists of artistic potteries.[7], especially painted dishes[8] and wall tiles[9]

This craftwork was restarted during the first half of the 20th century through the research of the French Tessier, Deverclos and the Tunisian Jacob Chemla.


Nabeul's agriculture relies on oranges, lemons and the bitter orange also known in French as Bigardier.[10] People of Nabeul also distill flowers of bitter orange, Bourbon geranium and Damask rose. They sell it mainly in the local souks and export the rest to the world.


Nabeul has been famous for its Harissa since the Andalusian's arrival to Tunisia in the 16th century.[11] They brought pepper and stored loads of it throughout the year. This activity called "El Oula" consists of preserving food ingredients all along the season and making it last longer in order to be consumed on a day-to-day basis. Many women in Nabeul are still committed to storing "El Oula" every year.

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  1. ^ "Nabeul, Tunisia". Invest in Tunisia.
  2. ^ "Nabeul's population".
  3. ^ Francois Decret, Early Christianity in North Africa (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009) p83.
  4. ^ Titular Episcopal See of Neapolis in Proconsulari at
  5. ^ "Climate".
  6. ^ "Doors of the Medina".
  7. ^ "Pottery".
  8. ^ "Pottery".
  9. ^ "Handicraft".
  10. ^ "Agriculture".
  11. ^ "The history of "Harissa"".
  12. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)