Africa

Tunsia

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Tunisia is a lively and culturally diverse destination with a topography that varies from lush oases and interior woodlands, to the remarkable lunar landscapes which featured in the Star Wars films.

The ruins at Carthage are some of the most extensive and least visited Roman remains in the world, while the fine Tunisian coastline is home to some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean.

Summer is the most popular time for a visit, though autumn days are pleasantly warm and in the spring the countryside is in full bloom after the winter rains.

Tunisia is North Africa’s smallest country, making it easy for the traveller to experience the full range of its cultural variety during a relatively short stay. It is also an ideal short-haul destination for sunseekers.

Places To Visit

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Ancient Carthage was once the power-house of the southern Mediterranean, home to the famous General Hannibal and one of the greatest cities in the ancient world. The extensive ruins of the city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are best viewed from Bysra Hill, while the many archaeological finds can be viewed at the Carthage Museum (including beautiful Roman mosaics, displayed as they would have been 2,000 years ago in the villas of the wealthy). Sidi Bou Said is a typical blue-and-white seaside village near Carthage, now an artists’ colony.

The city of Tunis is compact and easy to navigate on foot. Experience the true heart of the city in the medina, which buzzes with market stands, food vendors and brilliant colours. Don’t miss the authentic souk, a great meandering bazaar of exotic goods and relatively hassle-free as far as souks go.

The most impressive of Tunisia’s ancient remains is the El-Dem Amphitheatre, capable of holding 35,000 spectators and second only in size to the Colosseum in Rome. Witness the amphitheatre at sunset for the most romantic aspect of the ancient ruins.

Tunisia’s landscapes lend themselves well to the big screen, and a highlight of any visit is a trip to the real-life set of The English Patient (at Mides), or Matamata and Tataouine, where the epic Star Wars stories unfolded.

The mighty Sahara beckons to the south; head to the town of Touz for a camel ride, or traverse the Selja Gorge on the Red Lizard Railway (featuring beautifully restored wagons dating from 1904.

Local Weather & Useful Info

Weather

Capital
Tunis

Currency
Tunisian Dinar

Languages
Arabic, French

Best combined with
NA

Flying Time
2 hrs 40 min

Fly To
Tunis-Carthage Airport

Time Zone
GMT+1

Travel Details
No visa is required for British Passport holders

Health Risks
Diptheria, yellow fever, hepatitis,
typhoid

Hotels

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