On the opening weekend, Tabarka’s hotels are mostly full, the town’s streets teeming with automobiles and foot-traffic, side-walks and back-streets crammed with parked cars and scooters. At a clean, non-descript one-star hotel in the center of town, the rooms are full. Around 9am, the dining room is buzzing and there’s not an empty table; newly-weds sit intently across from one another and young children squirm in their chairs. At the reception desk, hotel staff indicate that the hotel’s clientele are essentially Tunisians and Algerians. European and other visitors generally stay at the 4 and 5 star hotels along the winding road of the Tourist Area.