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Gabes, Tunisia :  Gabes is something as strange as the worlds only seaside oasis. While the city is not that great, exploring the two parts of the oasis, the one between the city and the sea, and the one between the city and the desert, is fascinating.

The oasis is based upon sources, 150 spread around the place, giving 650 litres of water each second. The agricultural produce here is not of the highest quality, as the dates can't be used for export, and other kinds of crop is cultivated in-between the dates.

The sea oasis of Gabes is both a gift from above, and under constant threat from nature. The richness and the fertile conditions are under constant challenge by the damp sea air. While agriculture goes on as always, not leaving an inch unused, but many of the more than 300,000 date palms are in increasingly poor condition.   In the from the proper sea oasis, lying between the market centre and the port, many other oasis communities lies. Chenini (not the same as the village near Tataouine) and El Aouadid are the most noteworthy. The latter even offers a crocodile farm, open for visitors. The extra-wide panorama picture shows an area in the this region.   The fishing port is best visited early in the day, when the boats come in and the catch is brought ashore. Later, the tempo goes down, and mending the fishing nets become the main activity Change Money No problems. Banks, ATMs and exchange service in the receptions in the better hotels. Many shopkeepers will accept to be paid by VISA or MasterCard, provided that you buy above 10-15 dinars. Transport It is almost impossible to travel between the south and north of Tunisia, without passing through Gabes. This is reflected in the quality of transportation services.
The train will comfortably bring you north (Gabes is the end station) to destinations like Sfax, El Jem, Sousse and Tunis. Getting to Tunis will take about 7 hr. In Mahres (2 hr north) you can change lines for Gafsa and Metlaoui, but this service is slow compared to buses and shared taxis. There is a wide selection of bus connection and shared taxis covering every possible destination. These are normally faster than the train and have more departures per day. But they are a bit more expensive and far more crowded. If however, you're going south of Gabes, you have no choice but using bus or shared taxi. And if you're going to destinations beyond the train lines, you're better off with a direct connection with bus or shared taxi. Remember that if you're going to Matmata, you're advised to take the bus, as few shared taxis do this stretch. Otherwise, you can freely choose between buses and shared taxis according to your liking. As always, shared taxis are faster, slightly more expensive, but do not allow as much luggage as the bus.

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November 13, 2006 change by giorgio

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