Tunisia is a country in Northern Africa with Mediterranean Sea coastline that contributed to its popularity, especially amongst the Europeans, as one of the best holiday destinations in Africa.
With its capital city in Tunis, Tunisia lies immediately to the south of Italy and Malta. Libya borders Tunisia to the south-east, whilst Algeria lies to the west.
The country has a rich cultural history, ever since Antiquity. The Carthaginian Empire, Rome’s arch enemy, was centred in Tunisia. Its capital, Carthage, is now a suburb of Tunis. Founded by Phoenician settlers from Tyre and Sidon (modern day Lebanon), Carthage was an ancient Mediterranean powerhouse.
Tourism is pretty well developed in Tunisia and it is a major source of income for the country with tourists visiting from across the globe. Tourists can spend their vacation on the gorgeous Mediterranean beaches or tour Tunisia.
Hotel star ratings are not on par with European and US standards — a 4 star hotel is the equivalent of a 5 star. Hotels in Tunisia can be very cheap and are of a high standard in relation to other European Destinations.
Located on the Mediterranean coast, the beautiful city of Tunis is the laid-back capital of Tunisia with easy access to Carthage. The city is known by its historic heart Medina, built in the early twentieth century.
This is a Mediterranean island town in the south which is blessed with white sandy beaches, making it popular with sun-seekers. The Djerban people are culturally distinct from mainland Tunisians and preserve many of their traditions and unique architecture. The Medina in Houmt Souk is particularly pleasant and a cheap place to stay for relatively hassle-free shopping and eating. Resort hotels line the eastern coast in the Zone Touristique.
A large town on the east coast, mostly a rail and bus transit point. Gabes is in the Gulf of Gabes, along the Tunisian coast, and the last stop for the railway line heading south. For most tourists, you will pass through Gabes on the way to another city.
A major site for Islamic pilgrimage and carpet capital of Tunisia, Kairouan is a Muslim holy city which ranks fourth after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem as a place of pilgrimage. It is reputed that seven visits here are the equivalent of one to Mecca. Its large mosques and cultural history have seen it added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
El Kef is a small city in northwest Tunisia. The city is built onto the southern face of the Jebel Dyr Mountain, which is part of the Tebersouk Mountains, the eastern end of the High Atlas Mountains. El Kef is a laid back town, offering an authentic taste of Tunisia. It has some excellent sites to see, and it’s a practical point of departure for day trips to the surrounding area.
This is an ancient city with a history back to Phoenician times; these days home of the main charter flight airport in the country. Monastir is an ancient city dating from Phonecian times. It includes an impressive Ribat and the Mausoleum of Bourguiba, both of which have been closed for repair since the earthquake of 2013.
This is an historic town with a great old kasbah. It is on the east coast of Tunisia, approximately midway on the highway between Tunis and the border with Libya.
Sousse is one of the older cities in Tunisia possessing an authentic medina, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the coast, it has good beaches and a clear turquoise sea. It is a popular tourist destination amongst the Europeans.