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Things To See in Tunisia

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History and archaeology

Although Tunisia is now mostly known for its beach holidays, the country has an amazing heritage with some extraordinary archaeological remains to explore.

Little remains of Carthage, but what is there is relatively well preserved compared to the rest of the ruins in Tunisia. This great city from the Phoenician and Punic periods dates from the 6th century BC and was the base of an enormously powerful empire that stretched across the southern Mediterranean. Its most famous general was Hannibal, who crossed the Alps to fight the Romans. In 202 BC, at the Battle of Zama, Hannibal suffered one of his first major defeats. And after being closely watched by Rome for over 50 years, Carthage was attacked and completely destroyed in the 3rd Punic War. A century later, the city was rebuilt by the Romans and Carthage became the capital of the Roman province of Africa. What we see today are the remains from that time.

Dougga and Kerkuoane are two other UNESCO World Heritage sites worth visiting with amazingly well-preserved ruins, but unfortunately they are less informative and have little to no signposting.

Both Monastir and Sousse are known among sun-worshipping Europeans as seaside resorts, but they are also towns with great historical heritage. Monastir has a history dating back to the time of Hannibal, a particularly remarkable museum and a wonderful ribat (fortified monastery). Sousse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its authentic medina and souk, not to be missed.

El Kef has a magnificent Byzantine kasbah rising from the old medina, showing both Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. In El Jem you will find extraordinary remains of a Roman amphitheatre, another Tunisian UNESCO World Heritage Site.

North of the desert

To the northwest, Jugurtha’s Table is a large mesa with a moon-like surface and deep crevices, usually accessed from the town of El Kef.

The desert

Tunisia has some of the most accessible, beautiful desert landscapes in the Sahara. If you’re a fan of George Lucas, you’ll probably would recognise the village of Matmata. The troglodyte dwellings here were used as the setting for young Luke Skywalker’s home on Tatooine. In the west-central part of the country, the desert towns of Tozeur (where Mos Eisley’s film was set) and Douz are surrounded by a landscape of beautiful Saharan dunes. Since 2009, the oasis of Ksar Ghilane has been accessible via a tarred road.

How To Get in Tunisia

With planeThe main international airport for regular flights to Tunisia is the International Airport Tunis-Carthage (IATA: TUN), which is located close to Tunis. From the airport, you can take a taxi to the centre of Tunis (be careful, the taxi meters may be tampered with). They are best stopped...

How To Travel Around Tunisia

With planeTunisAir express is the domestic airline branched off from TunisAir. There are flights between Tunis and Tozeur, Djerba and Gabès, and also those to Malta and Naples. The website is only available in French. Booking is possible online or through the Tunisair Express agencies.With carTunisian highways are similar...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Tunisia

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Destinations in Tunisia

RegionsNorthern Tunisia (Ariana, Bèja, Ben Arous, Bizerte, Jendouba, Mahdia, Manouba, Monastir, Nabeul, Siliana, Sousse, Tunis and Zaghouan) The capital Tunis, the entire northern coast and the mountains, as well as a number of very popular seaside resorts on the Mediterranean Sea.Central Coast Tunisia (Gabès, Madanine, Sfax and Sidi Bouzid)The...

Accommodation & Hotels in Tunisia

There are many good hotels in Tunisia. In the bigger cities there are many smaller hotels hidden in most of the streets.You can also rent a furnished flat. Some private people offer their own flats for rent, especially in summer.It is advisable to organise your accommodation online or by...

Weather & Climate in Tunisia

Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate in the north, with mild rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The south of the country is desert. The relief in the north is mountainous, which, moving southwards, gives way to the hot, dry central plain. Along a line stretching east-west along the northern...

Things To Do in Tunisia

BeachesBeach holidays in Tunisia are very popular, especially with Europeans. Some of the most important beach resorts are along the east coast, from La Goulette (near Tunis) to Monastir.The southern island of Djerba is an alternative. Many water sports activities are widely available or you can just relax and...

Food & Drinks in Tunisia

Food in TunisiaTunisian cuisine is similar to Middle Eastern cuisine and is based on the traditions of the North African Maghreb, with couscous and marka stew (similar to Moroccan tagines) forming the backbone of most dishes. Unlike the Moroccan dish of the same name, the Tunisian tagine is an...

Money & Shopping in Tunisia

The national currency is the Tunisian dinar(TND).Typical banknotes are circulated in TND5 (green), TND10 (blue or brown), TND20 (purple-red), TND30 (orange) and TND50 (green and purple).The 2 nars are divided into 1000 milleme and the typical coins are TND5 (silver with copper insert), 1 nar (large - silver), 500...

Festivals & Events in Tunisia

1 January: New Year14 January: Revolution and Youth Day4 February: Mouled (anniversary of the Prophet) - (shifts by 11 days per year towards the beginning of the year, depending on the lunar calendar)20 March: Independence Day9 April: Martyrs' Day1 May: Labour Day18 July (2015) : Eid al-Fitr (end of...

Internet & Communications in Tunisia

Phone in TunisiaAll towns and most villages have public telephones under the name of Publitel or Taxiphone. International calls are usually quite expensive (DT 1,000/minute for calls within the EU).t There are three GSM mobile operators, the private Tunisiana , the private Orange and the state-owned Tunisie Telecom...

Traditions & Customs in Tunisia

Tunisia is a Muslim country and dress code is important, especially for women. While a lot of skin (even topless) is tolerated on the beaches and in hotel complexes, a modest amount of exposed skin may be frowned upon outside these areas.Be aware that Tunisia becomes more conservative the...

Language & Phrasebook in Tunisia

The official language of Tunisia is Arabic, which is also one of the languages of commerce, the other being French, a heritage of Tunisia as a French protectorate until 1956.The dialect of Arabic spoken in Tunisia, similar to neighbouring Algeria and Morocco, is Maghreb Arabic, which is almost incomprehensible...

Culture Of Tunisia

Culture Of Tunisia is mixed, having been shaped by external influences for a long time: Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, Italians, Spaniards and French - they have all left their mark on the country.Painting in TunisiaThe emergence of contemporary Tunisian painting is closely linked to the School of...

History Of Tunisia

AncientFarming methods reached the Nile Valley from the Fertile Crescent region around 5000 BC and spread to the Maghreb by around 4000 BC. The farming communities of the humid coastal plains of Central Tunisia represent the ancestors of the present-day Berber tribes.In ancient times, it is believed that Africa...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Tunisia

Stay safe in TunisiaViolenceTunisia has recently experienced a revolution and is currently in a controversial transition phase. Although there is currently no large-scale violence, demonstrations do occur from time to time and are sometimes violent and/or brutally dispersed. Therefore, before travelling to Tunisia, check with your foreign office about...

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