Cape Bon

Cape Bon
Cape Bon from space (false color)
Location in Tunisia
LocationNabeul Governorate, Tunisia
Coordinates36°45′N 10°45′E

Cape Bon ("Good Cape") may refer to:

  • a peninsula in far northeastern Tunisia, also known as Ras at-Taib (Arabic: الرأس الطيب),[1] Sharīk Peninsula, or Watan el Kibli;[2]
  • the northernmost point on the peninsula, also known as Ras ed-Dar, and known in antiquity as the Cape of Mercury (Latin: Promontorium Mercurii).[3]


A French topological map, showing the Cape Bon peninsula and cape along the southern shore of the Gulf of Tunis.

The peninsula's northern shore forms the southern end of the Gulf of Tunis, while its southern shore is on the Gulf of Hammamet.

The peninsula is administered as the country's Nabeul Governorate.

Settlements on the peninsula include Nabeul, El Haouaria, Kelibia, Menzel Temime, Korba, and Beni Khalled. Rivers include the Melah and Chiba wadis. Mountains include Kef Bou Krim (237 m or 778 ft), Kef er-Rend (637 m or 2,090 ft), Djebel Sidi Abd er-Rahmane (602 m or 1,975 ft), Djebel Hofra (421 m or 1,381 ft), and Djebel Reba el-Aine (328 m or 1,076 ft). Besides Cape Bon, other headlands on the peninsula are Ras Dourdas and Ras el-Fortass on the northern shore, Ras el-Melah on the short eastern shore, and Ras Mostefa and Ras Maamoura on the southern shore.

The ruins of the Punic town Kerkouane are also located here. Djebel Mlezza ("Mt Mlessa") has tombs from the time of Agathocles,[4] which were excavated just before the First World War.

See also


  1. - Britannica Concise
  2. Sharīk Peninsula, Encyclopedia Britannica
  3. Shaw, Thomas (1757). Travels, Or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant: Illustrated with Cuts. A. Millar in the Strand, and W. Sandby in Fleet-Street. p. 76.
  4. Paul Lachlan MacKendrick, The North African Stones Speak (UNC Press Books, 1 Dec. 2000) p20.