With over 3,000 years of history, Tunisia has rich and diverse heritage and culture. There is a wide variety of historic settlements spanning many eras including Berbers, Punic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic to be visited in Tunisia.
Important historical attractions include: Carthage – founded by the Phoenicians in 814BC; Dougga – Tunisia’s largest and most dramatic Roman site; Bulla Regia – situated on the Tunis-Tabarka road, Bulla Regia was a Roman city renowned for its opulent lifestyle; El Jem – just 45 miles south of Sousse, E Jem boasts and amazing third century amphitheatre and Kairouan – named culture capital for 2009. This traditional town in central Tunisia is the fourth holiest city in the Islamic World after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.
Holidays in Tunisia can be beach, archaeology and history, luxury and the Sahara Desert. The main beach resorts serviced by UK tour operators are: Hammamet Central – Tunisia’s biggest and best-known resort. The original resort was built around a 15th century fortress. The town has expanded over the years and now features many hotels, shops, restaurants and two golf courses. Yasmine Hammamet is a purpose built resort with a 4km coastline. It has a medina (walled city) which provides the character of Tunisia’s souks, a casino and Tunisia’s only ice rink. Port El Kantaoul – a purpose built resort opened in 1979 it is situated give miles north of Sousse and has a 340 berth marina surrounded by shops,cafes, restaurants. The El Kantaoui Golf Club offers two 18 hole courses. Djerba Island is located off the coast of southern Tunisia and is a genuine year-round resort.
For holidaymakers wanting to head off the beaten track, the Sahara offers numerous attractions with a difference. Key sights of southern Tunisia include: Tozeur – the oasis town is built around a vast 2,500-acre grove of palm trees, irrigated by more than 200 natural springs. The annual Sahara Festival takes place in and around Tozeur every December. Nefta – the oasis town boasts unique architecture can be viewed from the maze of narrow passageways in the southern part of the media. Chott el-Jerid – Tunisia’s immense shimmering salt lake spans almost 5000km². Matmata – a village of famous troglodyte houses dating from the fourth century BC and featured in the Star Wars series.
The vast sands of the Sahara offer the opportunity for a number of adventure activities including Camel/horse riding, camping in Bedouin camps or ‘khaimas’ in the desert, Quad biking across the sand dunes, Sand yachting and 4 x 4.
The year-round temperate climate provides ideal golfing conditions. Visitors can currently choose from the ten 18-hole courses and more courses are planned.
Tunisia is renowned for its luxury spas and the range of treatments they offer. Visitors can combine health treatments with city breaks, beach holidays and adventure getaways. Tunisia currently has over 40 ‘spa-centres’ – a term which encompasses Thalassotherapy, Thermal and Balneotherapy centres. The Mediterranean island of Djerba is considered Tunisia’s capital for Thalassotherapy, being hometo 18 centres. Monastir is fast becoming a popular choice destination for those looking to combine a beach holiday or golfing getaway with a bit of pampering North Africa’s largest spa centre “Cinq Mondes” has opened its doors offering a panoply of treatments.
Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate in the north and desert climate in the south.
Languages are Arabic & French. However English is spoken by a growing number of Tunisians.
The currency is the Tunisian Dinar (purchased upon arrival).
Airlines that serve Tunisia from the UK include British Airways, Tunisair and Jet2.com.
NOTE: 14 Jan 2011 – Please check Foreign Office Travel Advisory before travelling.