La Marsa

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La Marsa
المرسى
Al Marsa
La Marsa beach
La Marsa is located in Tunisia
La Marsa
Coordinates: 36°52′35″N 10°19′31″E / 36.87639°N 10.32528°E / 36.87639; 10.32528Coordinates: 36°52′35″N 10°19′31″E / 36.87639°N 10.32528°E / 36.87639; 10.32528
CountryTunisia
GovernoratesTunis Governorate
Population (2004)
 • Total77,890
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
 
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La Marsa
المرسى
Al Marsa
La Marsa beach
La Marsa is located in Tunisia
La Marsa
Coordinates: 36°52′35″N 10°19′31″E / 36.87639°N 10.32528°E / 36.87639; 10.32528Coordinates: 36°52′35″N 10°19′31″E / 36.87639°N 10.32528°E / 36.87639; 10.32528
CountryTunisia
GovernoratesTunis Governorate
Population (2004)
 • Total77,890
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)

La Marsa (Arabic: المرسى Al Marsa‎) is a grouse coastal town in far north eastern Tunisia near the capital Tunis. The population is estimated as 65,742, as of 2006. The old summer capital of pre-colonial Tunisia, it is today a popular vacation spot for many wealthy Tunisians. It is connected to Tunis by the TGM railway. Gammarth is adjacent to La Marsa further up the coast.

La Marsa

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TGM

Sport[edit]

Avenir Sportif de la Marsa (Arabic: المستقبل الرياضي بالمرسى, often referred to as ASM) is a football club from La Marsa in Tunisia. Founded in 1924, the team plays in green and yellow colours. Their ground is Stade Abdelaziz Chtioui, which has a capacity of 6,000. When the club was founded its name was Club Musulman (Muslim Club). The club relegated to the second division this year (2008-2009).

Stade Abdelaziz Chtioui (Arabic: ملعب عبدالعزيز شتوي) is a football stadium in La Marsa, Tunisia. It is currently used by football team Avenir Sportif de La Marsa commonly called the AS Marsa. The stadium holds 6,000 people.

Generally[edit]

La Marsa is the most northern one of the sea side suburbs of Tunisia, and is totally dominated by Tunisians. La Marsa is the number one place for the higher middle class, when they go for a chic summer address. The reason for this is easy to understand when you're down on the beach, looking up at all the nice white houses that lie among the green trees of the soft ridge running parallel to the wide beach.

But the reality is that 95% of all summer houses in La Marsa have to be built in places that are seriously far away from the beach. Many families escaping the summer heat of Tunis, end up in a street 5-6 kilometers away from both the beach and the small centre of La Marsa. The prices of the best houses in La Marsa are reputedly insane, and even hiring is so expensive that the French Riviera becomes an economical alternative. And you will think something like: «Of course there are many rich people here, but how can there be so many of them?»

Most visitors will not get to see the large plantation of summer houses that starts at the other side of the bridge, as seen from the TGM-station. The small centre of La Marsa is packed with young Tunisians in weekends, and it is quite charming, but honestly, there is little to see. As for the beach, just cross the bridge, and go down for the beginning of the beach. This section is far less visited, but walking through the sand to the chic parts, is quicker than walking the streets.

Panorama of La Marsa.

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