Situated in the southern Mediterranean, Tunisia has so much to give. In fact, a Tunisia holiday unravels hidden gems and exposes an intriguing history. The most exciting thing is that Tunisia has every aspect you wish for in a holiday, from great weather and tranquil beaches to a fascinating culture and friendly locals. Sold? There’s plenty more reasons why Tunisia should be top of your list for a trip in 2020.
Incredible beaches and weather to match
Tunisia has a whopping 1,250 kilometres of coastline along the Mediterranean. For some, that’s simply enough to get booking a trip! You’ll see people stretching out on the sand, some will be bathing in the sea and others will be zig-zagging across the water with a variety of water sports. There are also loads of beach hotels in Tunisia, where you’ll have easy and direct access to the country’s sandy shores – perfect for professional beach bums!
Hammamet is often considered the original beach resort for many travellers. But other resorts such as Sousse, Port el Kantaoui, Monastir, Mahdia and Djerba are also hotspots for those seeking sun, sea and sand. Aside from the rather exotic setting of fine sand beaches lined with tall palm trees, many tourists arrive in Tunisia craving the sun. The good news is Tunisia holidays don’t disappoint! You can spend as many days as you want on sandy shores and you’ll have the dreamy weather to match. We’re talking about clear blue skies and warm sunshine!
Get lost in Tunis
Tunisia’s beach areas are obviously very popular, but it is the country’s capital, Tunis, which offers an impressive contrast. Cosmopolitan Tunis is simply beautiful and whoever chooses to visit the capital will be enchanted by its beauty from the moment they set foot in it. The UNESCO-listed medina offers a more laid-back vibe compared to other North African medinas, but not to worry, you can still grab a bargain! The medina is filled with colour in the form of large blue, yellow and green doors, as well as winding alleyways and traditional stalls. Make your way around this magical maze and stumble upon secret restaurants and sights, including the biggest mosaic collection in the world.
Tunis is also home to the Bardo Museum – often considered a must-see attraction whilst in the capital. Located in the old Beylic Palace, you’ll find relics dating back to various periods throughout Tunisia’s history. Browse collections of Punic jewels and visit the interesting Roman ship’s cargo wreck.
If you head north of Tunis, Sidi Bou Said is a worthy stop off. Situated on top of a cliff, it’s one of the most picturesque villages you’ll come across in Tunisia. White and blue buildings overlooking the sea are reminiscent of Italian or Greek villages like the ever-popular Santorini island. Find the perfect spot and get your camera out, this is one for Instagram!
Discover captivating Roman ruins
History buffs will not only be drawn to Tunisia for its fascinating medinas, but also to the numerous Roman ruins dotted around too. There’re loads of choice when it comes to visiting Roman ruins as you’ll find many towns and cities which are home to them. You may want to start off in the city of Carthage in Tunis which is one of Tunisia’s famous archaeological sites. The area was founded by the Phoenicians in 814 B.C., was dominated by the Carthaginian Empire and then eventually fell to the Romans in the 2nd-century B.C. What remains are the ruins of ancient theatres, baths and so much more.
Other historical sites include Dougga which has a preserved Roman town including the Temple of Juno Caelestis (a 3,500-seat theatre) and The Capitol which was dedicated to three Roman gods – Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. On the other hand, you can head to El Djem which is home to one of the most impressive sites – the Roman Coliseum, otherwise known as the “Amphitheatre of El Djem”. Bask in the sheer beauty of this ancient site as just the size alone will take your breath away.
Feel small in the vast expanse of the Sahara
That’s right, the largest desert in the world can be explored in Tunisia. The stretch of sand goes on for miles and creates a never-ending illusion. It shows off a different way of life which you can immerse yourself into. Camp out in the desert under the stars or jump in a 4×4 and go for a spin. Perhaps, you’d like to go down the traditional route and spend some time crossing the Sahara by camel. The Sahara Desert is versatile to say the least. It’s not just stretches of vast golden sand and nothing else. In fact, there’re a wide range of spots bursting with activity.
The Grand Erg boasts a side to the desert that is expected. 40,000 square kilometres of a calm, almost silent atmosphere and loads of sand dunes naturally crafted by the wind. Hire a local guide, hop on a camel and make your way through the inspiring Sahara spotting sights as you go. But there is more than meets the eye, Tunisia’s desert landscapes have been the star of the show in the film world. It was the set for The English Patient, as well as the original Star Wars movie. A few others from the Star Wars collection were also partially shot in Tunisia’s Sahara. True fans will no doubt want to witness the constructed sets which are still set in place in Mos Espa.
Tasty dishes that keep you coming back for more
There’ll be loads of memories from your Tunisian holiday, but one of them will be the flavoursome dishes that the country calls their own. Make sure you grab the traditional recipes to try the dishes out in your very own kitchen! Tunisian staples include couscous with meat, fish or veg cooked in a tagine. Other traditional meals include mechouia (a salad with grilled tomatoes and peppers), marqa (a vegetarian stew with potatoes, veggies and peas) and lablabi (a chickpea soup with a touch of spice).
Tunisia is of course filled with authentic restaurants boasting the very best in Tunisian cuisine. Once you’ve indulged in delicious dishes, why not wash it all down with a taste of some of Tunisia’s best wines? Some of its most well-known are Magon – named after Mago, the Carthaginian agronomist who wrote a guide on how to make wine. Tunisian wine is akin to those from the south of France due to the similarity of the grapes. Now that’s a Tunisian meal you can’t resist!
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