La Marsa is an upscale suburban town north of the capital of Tunis, located on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a pleasant beach town and popular in the summer with many restaurants and a few hotels. It is also home to numerous affluent Tunisians and expats who enjoy the ambiance. I rented an apartment here during my visit and took the local TGM tram into Tunis each day; on the way the tram goes through the ancient town of Carthage. The next town north of La Marsa is a wealthy place called Gammarth, famous for the five-star hotels, fine beaches, the French war cemetery as well as destroyed mansions of the former corrupt president Ben Ali.

 

Tunisia, La Marsa (La Marsa beach) town tram station
Tunisia, La Marsa (La Marsa beach) town tram station
Tunisia, La Marsa sea front promenade
Tunisia, La Marsa sea front promenade
Tunisia, La Marsa sea front is not especially picturesque in
Tunisia, La Marsa sea front is not especially picturesque in some places
Tunisia, La Marsa sea front promenade
Tunisia, La Marsa sea front promenade
Tunisia, La Marsa sea front promenade
Tunisia, La Marsa sea front promenade
Tunisia, La Marsa beach
Tunisia, La Marsa beach
Tunisia, La Marsa beach is somewhat trashy in places
Tunisia, La Marsa beach is somewhat trashy in places
Tunisia, La Marsa - condos and cafes along the promenade
Tunisia, La Marsa - condos and cafes along the promenade
Tunisia, La Marsa - one of the main streets
Tunisia, La Marsa - one of the main streets
Tunisia, La Marsa - Zephyr shopping mall on one of
Tunisia, La Marsa - Zephyr shopping mall on one of the main streets
Tunisia, La Marsa - cobblestone pedestrian street with shops and
Tunisia, La Marsa - cobblestone pedestrian street with shops and cafes and mosque in back
Tunisia, La Marsa - tram station
Tunisia, La Marsa - tram station
Tunisia, La Marsa - tram station
Tunisia, La Marsa - tram station
Tunisia, La Marsa - tram station; trams go about every
Tunisia, La Marsa - tram station; trams go about every fifteen minutes
Tunisia, La Marsa - tram station
Tunisia, La Marsa - tram station
Tunisia, La Marsa - waiting for tram to depart
Tunisia, La Marsa - waiting for tram to depart
Tunisia, La Marsa - inside tram
Tunisia, La Marsa - inside tram
Tunisia, La Marsa - students use tram to commute to
Tunisia, La Marsa - students use tram to commute to school
Tunisia, La Marsa - students use tram to commute to
Tunisia, La Marsa - students use tram to commute to school
Tunisia, La Marsa - Dar Tej is an upscale French
Tunisia, La Marsa - Dar Tej is an upscale French restaurant
Tunisia, La Marsa - Dar Tej is an upscale French
Tunisia, La Marsa - Dar Tej is an upscale French restaurant
Tunisia, La Marsa - Dar Tej is an upscale French
Tunisia, La Marsa - Dar Tej is an upscale French restaurant
Tunisia, La Marsa - local friends
Tunisia, La Marsa - local friends
Tunisia, La Marsa - Jimmy's local cafe
Tunisia, La Marsa - Jimmy's local cafe
Tunisia, La Marsa - upscale cars are common here
Tunisia, La Marsa - upscale cars are common here
Tunisia, La Marsa - old door
Tunisia, La Marsa - old door
Tunisia, La Marsa - view of the sea from a
Tunisia, La Marsa - view of the sea from a private home
Tunisia, La Marsa - back street with private homes,  some
Tunisia, La Marsa - back street with private homes, some undergoing renovation
Tunisia, La Marsa - upscale private home
Tunisia, La Marsa - upscale private home
Tunisia, La Marsa - entry to Le Saf Saf restaurant
Tunisia, La Marsa - entry to Le Saf Saf restaurant
Tunisia, La Marsa - mosque minaret tower
Tunisia, La Marsa - mosque minaret tower
Tunisia, La Marsa - mosque minaret tower and surrounding shops
Tunisia, La Marsa - mosque minaret tower and surrounding shops
Tunisia, La Marsa - another view of cobblestone street with
Tunisia, La Marsa - another view of cobblestone street with mother and child
Tunisia, La Marsa - inside Zephyr shopping mall
Tunisia, La Marsa - inside Zephyr shopping mall
Tunisia, La Marsa - trimmed trees
Tunisia, La Marsa - trimmed trees
Tunisia, La Marsa - mosque courtyard
Tunisia, La Marsa - mosque courtyard
Tunisia, La Marsa - mosque interior
Tunisia, La Marsa - mosque interior
Tunisia, La Marsa - trendy restaurant food
Tunisia, La Marsa - trendy restaurant food
Tunisia, La Marsa - trendy restaurant
Tunisia, La Marsa - trendy restaurant
Tunisia, La Marsa - fresh chips from a street vendor
Tunisia, La Marsa - fresh chips from a street vendor
Tunisia, La Marsa - exterior of my apartment near the
Tunisia, La Marsa - exterior of my apartment near the sea
Tunisia, La Marsa - my messy living room
Tunisia, La Marsa - my messy living room
Tunisia, La Marsa - my messy living room
Tunisia, La Marsa - my messy living room
Tunisia, La Marsa - my messy kitchen
Tunisia, La Marsa - my messy kitchen
Tunisia, La Marsa - my bedroom
Tunisia, La Marsa - my bedroom
Tunisia, La Marsa - a painting in a
Tunisia, La Marsa - a painting in a typical living room
Tunisia, La Marsa - a mosaic reproduction in a typical
Tunisia, La Marsa - a mosaic reproduction in a typical living room
Tunisia, La Marsa - cats are favored pets in Tunisia
Tunisia, La Marsa - cats are favored pets in Tunisia
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa;
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa; it's a wealthy seaside town with elegant homes and some embassy residences; overview of the central town looking south toward La Marsa
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa;
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa; it's a wealthy seaside town with elegant homes and some embassy residences
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa;
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa; here is located a French World War II cemetery with the graves of 4190 French soldiers who were killed between November 1942 and May 1943.
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa;
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa; here is located a French World War II cemetery with the graves of 4190 French soldiers who were killed between November 1942 and May 1943.
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa;
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa; here is located a French World War II cemetery with the graves of 4190 French soldiers who were killed between November 1942 and May 1943.
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa;
Tunisia, Gammarth is the next town north of La Marsa; here is located a French World War II cemetery with the graves of 4190 French soldiers who were killed between November 1942 and May 1943.
Tunisia, Gammarth - Richard at the French World War II
Tunisia, Gammarth - Richard at the French World War II cemetery
Tunisia, Gammarth is the location of large mansions  built by
Tunisia, Gammarth is the location of large mansions built by relatives of the corrupt Ben Ali president during his 24-year regime; the large family was hated and thrown out in the Arab Spring revolution of 2011; here is the destroyed remnant of the villa built by the president's sister-in-law. Ben Ali and his immediate family are alleged to be in exile in Saudi Arabia having stolen billions of dollars.
Tunisia, Gammarth has luxury homes
Tunisia, Gammarth has luxury homes
Tunisia, Gammarth has luxury homes
Tunisia, Gammarth has luxury homes
Tunisia, Gammarth aerial view of The Bay of Gammarth,  an
Tunisia, Gammarth aerial view of The Bay of Gammarth, an exclusive housing estate
Tunisia, Gammarth has five star luxury resorts such as El
Tunisia, Gammarth has five star luxury resorts such as El Mouradi Hotel
Tunisia, Gammarth has fine beaches
Tunisia, Gammarth has fine beaches