Photo Essay: The Walls of Tabarka - Tunisia Live Photo Essay: The Walls of Tabarka - Tunisia Live
Photo Essay: The Walls of Tabarka


Photo Essay: The Walls of Tabarka

Tabarka Graffiti

Tabarka, with its jagged coastal rocks and Genoese castle jutting out into the blue Mediterranean is a coastal city that conjures with the imagination.

It was the location of Habib Bourguiba’s exile toward the end of French colonial rule, and for centuries before that, home to the rich and varied cultures that inhabited Tunisia.

Today, it’s the regular haunt of coral fishing enthusiasts and jazz fans, with the Tabarka Jazz Festival attracting global artists like Miriam Makeba, Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis.

Look out to the city from a residential balcony, and you’ll see centuries of culture in the city’s architecture. Vanessa Oueslati.)

Residents dry laundry on their balconies, while the light catches the city. Vanessa Oueslati.)

Take a slow walk down to the harbour to hunt for local handicrafts. Vanessa Oueslati.)

Or wander past the town’s iconic violin. Vanessa Oueslati.)

Next to the jagged rocks that line the coast, the sea wall is a canvas for a series of eye-catching graffiti. Vanessa Oueslati.)

Like these bold red lips in a pretty serious face. Vanessa Oueslati.)

And this green mermaid (at least we think this is a mermaid). Vanessa Oueslati.)


Vanessa Oueslati is a Jendouba-based photographer, originally from the California Bay Area. She trained at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. You can see more of her work here.