Tunisia is a fascinating country. Archaeological sites, the Sahara desert and its oasis, its incredible beaches, a gastronomy which will leave an unforgettable taste in your mouth, a tradition beyond the imagination, its coasts, establishments dedicated to thalassotherapy and wellbeing, and the possibility of playing golf and other land-based sports provide tourists with the opportunity for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry. Every inch of Tunisia bears something fascinating, deriving sustenance from the incredible Mediterranean culture, where time passes slowly and the hours seem to stretch out so that every minute can be captured in your memory.
The turbulent history of Tunisia has left behind some archaeological sites that will serve to paint a picture of what was and remains this incredible African country. Its history of over 3,000 years marked by the great civilizations of the sea which bathes its coasts were enough for Unesco to declare seven of its wonders world heritage sites. The city of Bulla Regia, residence of the kings of Numidia, the streets and remains of the great Carthage, the ruins of the ancient city of Dougga – one of the most spectacular in the Mediterranean – Roman-Byzantine Africa’s golden city of Sbeitla, the ancient stretch of the Roman Oudhna road, the Punic town of Thuburdo Majus (the happy republic), the port of Útica and the incredible Roman coliseum of El Jem are but a few examples that will leave you breathless.
But if there is one thing that stands out in Tunisia, it is the desert. Beyond the spine-tingling vastness of the Chott el Djerid, the Sahara is becoming the protagonist of the whole landscape, sprinkled only with the oases through which life flows. Lost in an ocean of golden dunes, travelers can stop off in different places, which will support and reaffirm the belief that the desert is not a lifeless place. You cannot leave the country without experiencing the scent of the flowers of Kscar Ghilane, listening to the water at Tozeur cascade and the clattering of the old wooden train Le Lézard Rouge, which travels to the mountains of the north, or gazing at the characteristic round shapes of the houses of Matmata.
Tunisia also boasts more than 600 kilometers of beaches on which a great offer of services related to sun, sea and sand tourism have flourished. Each spot has its own characteristics and each beach is a unique and incomparable destination. The waters of Tabarka are sure to delight lovers of marine nature, Djerba’s architecture of rounded shapes will provide magnificent snapshots, the white and blue houses of Sidi Bou Saïd welcome visitors to experience the essence of the sea below the elevation on which they stand, the incredible thousand-year-old fortresses of Sousse will make your stroll a journey through time, and the capital status of the Fatimid caliphs of Mahdia in the 10th century will demonstrate that architectural planning is not exclusive to the 20th century.
But, for tourists looking for golf breaks, this African country boasts eight perfectly adapted courses designed by renowned architects. Located facing the coast, they present an attractive backdrop for practicing a sport which is growing increasingly popular.
On the other hand, Tunisia is the second best destination, after France, for getting a marine iodine treatment. With more than 40 thalassotherapy centers, the country has spent over a century treating bone diseases or grave rheumatism and profoundly re-balancing the organism. What is more, the Tunisian climate is perfect for letting yourself be pampered at any point of the year.
To eat: You cannot leave Tunisia without trying the spiced fish specialties, accompanied by the dish par excellence: couscous. Not forgetting signing off with one of the honey and nut pastries.
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