Korbus and Ain el Atrous

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4/5

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Date of travel

2012

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Reasons for trip

Korbus on the west coast of Cap Bon was a Roman thermal resort which was heavily devoleped by the French as a spa town. The waters are slightly radioactive and contain calcium, sodium and sulphur. They are said to be good for curing arthritis, rheumatism, hypertension, obesity and cellulite. There is even a magic rock polished smooth by generations of women sliding down it as a cure for infertility. It is Tunisia’s main health resort but has seen better days and is undiscovered by the mass tourist market. There is a large massage centre at the start of the town. There are a few small shops and a large restaurant at the end of the road, so not a lot to attract the day trippers.

It is in a picturesque setting in a deep ravine surrounded by steep cliffs. The road to the south is now closed after a series of land slides and it is reached along the road to the north through Aïn el Atrous. The hot water tumbles down the rocks through a series of made pools before falling into the sea. We could smell the hydrogen sulphide in the water.

There is a car park and various stalls selling tourist tat and a cafe. When we visited it was busy with a bus load of Tunisians sitting with their feet in the hot water and one brave soul bathing.

Both are interesting to see if you are doing a circular drive round Cap Bon, but not worth going out of your way for.

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