We travelled in Tunisia for the first time in 2004. We were amazed by its strong cultural heritage, due to an extraordinary history and welcomed by Tunisians. Also, we liked its beautiful beaches and its desert in the south. Tunisia‘s Mediterranean weather was extraordinary, especially in the beaches. It’s sunny all the year. With these highlights, Tunisia offers to adventure travelers an interesting place for their journeys, from archaeological excursions to activities in the beaches and trekking in the Sahara desert.
Tunisia is located in North Africa that has a Mediterranean Sea coastline in the very centre of Mediterranean Africa. Tunisia lies immediately to the south of Italy and Malta. Libya borders Tunisia to the south-east, whilst Algeria lies to the west.
There’re two separate weathers in Tunisia: temperate in northern Tunisia with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers and desertic in the south. The Tunisian Sahara is quite gentle compared with other deserts, climate-wise. We advise adventure travelers to visit Tunisia in spring or autumn.
Tunisia offers also a fantastic contrast of landscapes: there’re mountains in north; hot, dry central plain; semiarid south merges into the Sahara desert.
Why visit Tunisia ?
There are several ways to enjoy any vacation in Tunisia, including spending visitors’ vacations on the magnifiscient Mediterranean beaches, or planning a circuit tour of Tunisia. Numerous charter flight companies can arrange flight and hotel, many that waivers a visa to enter. There are also some agencies that have ongoing tours for groups and private travelers. The country has several miles of coastline with beautiful beaches for tourists to unwind on. Beach resort holidays in Tunisia are extremely popular. We went to Hammamet, a city with many beach resorts, during our travel in Tunisia.
Tunisia’s Cultural Heritage
Not only Tunisia is best known today for its beach resort holidays, its has an amazing heritage with some exceptional archaeological sites to be explored during archaeological excursions. Along the Mediterranean coast of Northern Africa, South of Malta and Italy lays Tunisia a country with a wealth of ancient civilization dating back to the Phoenicians, the Arabs, the French and the Romans whose ruins are still visible is in some parts of the country. Some of roman ancient cities are:
- Bulla Regia
- El Jem
Main attractions in Tunisia
Tunis is the capital and the most populous city in Tunisia. Its medina, the old city, which is a World Heritage Site, is a hub of several palaces, fountains and mosques. Adventure travelers will find several museums and archeological site plus many remnants of the ancient Roman montages together with the American Memorial Cemetery and the Saint Vincent Cathedral.
Among arachaeological sites in Tunis, there’s the ancient city of Carthage. It’s an absolute must see for every visitor to Tunisia. This great city of the Phoenician and Punic periods dates back to the 6th century BC and was the base of a hugely powerful empire spanning the entire South Mediterranean. Its most famous general was Hannibal who crossed the Alps to battle the Romans.
All the wide collection of items representing Tunisia‘s ancient past, from roman remnants to pieces of pottery and statues, are well preserved and properly displayed for public viewing in the various museums. Some of the most popular museums in Tunisia include: the Carthage National Museum, the Museum of Medina and the nationals Bardo.
Tunisia has eight national parks and several reserves together with numerous wetlands. They offer a safe haven to its wealth of wildlife and bird species. The National Park of Boukornine is one among the most visited in Tunisia.
Sahara Desert Tour
We advise adventure travelers to take a tour through the hot Sahara desert either in the powerful Range Rover Vehicles and on camel back. It’s a great occasion also to listen to the impressive desert winds, on the peak of some of the sand dunes.
Adventure travelers will be able to see some of the underground homes which are well hidden if only not for the aerials of their televisions and come across the renowned Nefta oasis that overlooks several almond, palms, apricot and pomegranate trees.
Sousse is an amazing Medieval town and its most treasured as well as visited place is the medina which is a World Heritage site.
The flourishing Djerba
Djerba, a beautiful desert island, is located in the South of Tunisia. It is its lengthy sandy beaches which the holidaymakers are most interested in, directly followed by the stoned lanes of Houmt Souk Moorish’s capital.