Tunisia is a small country but packed with things to see and do. The northernmost country in Africa, it’s a place with a rich Arabic culture and European influences. There are many types of spectacular scenery in Tunisia, from beautiful coasts to rugged mountains and wide-open deserts. The wide range of natural and man-made attractions includes several must-sees and must-dos for visiting tourists.
Tackle the Desert
The deserts of Tunisia may seem dry and barren, but they offer some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. There is a range of activities and tours that will help you to tackle the desert safely and enjoy the views it has to offer. You can ride out into the Sahara on a camel, as countless travellers and traders have throughout the centuries. Alternatively, you could ride by horse and cart to see one of the lush oases that thrive in the midst of dry sand. Or stay in the now and travel by 4×4, which is a spectacular experience when tackling sand dunes.
See Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said is a truly picturesque coastal village and a popular attraction for those taking Tunisia holidays. Trips to the North African coast are always worthwhile for the hilly shoreline, and the buildings here follow a beautiful blue and white colour scheme which is renowned as one of the country’s top photo opportunities. Cobbled streets, delightful cafes, and friendly shops make it a relaxing place to spend time, all overlooking the beautiful sea.
Most people who visit Sidi Bou Said want to take away a souvenir. Make sure you haggle in the souvenir shops – it’s expected and negotiations are always friendly. A number of artists have also been associated with the area, no doubt drawn by its unique beauty, making the village a good place to purchase art.
Go Back in Time
Tunisia is home to some spectacular historical sites which will take you as close to the past as you are ever likely to get. The El Djem Coliseum is only slightly smaller than the famous Coliseum of Rome, and is truly a breathtaking sight. Its incredible size, architectural beauty and almost unimaginable age make it an unmissable destination for history lovers.
Another option for history lovers is to visit the once-great city of Carthage. A modern suburb now stands on the site, but it is still well worth a visit. The area was once home to a mighty fleet and was the base for Hannibal’s forces. This glorious past hasn’t vanished without trace, and the museum is home to ancient artworks that have been called the equal of the exhibits in the Louvre.
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