Tunisia, formally the Republic of Tunisia, is an African country in the Maghreb area of North Africa. It is bordered on one side by Algeria to the south and southwest, Libya to the east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the southeast and west; covering 615,812 km², Tunisia is arguably the smallest country in North Africa overall. Its economy is largely dependent on its tourism industry, which is one of the most popular in the Mediterranean area. Tunisia is also an important member of the African Union (OAO), contributing many economic and social development goals to its member countries. Tunisia enjoys a high degree of political and economic stability and is often referred to as ‘The Arab Spring Capital of the World’.
There are many popular attractions in Tunisia, some of which can be explored on foot, but many are best explored by air. The main cities and tourist attractions in Tunisia are Tunisia’s two main towns: Tunisia City on the west coast, and Sirhan, or Tunis, on the east coast. The city of Tunis is an important seaport destination, as it is the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea; Sirhan, however, offers much more than a seaport and is well worth the railroad ride. Most tourists travel between Tunisia City on the west coast and Sirhan, however, so there are good alternatives to reach these cities by rail, including a journey from Tangier, Morocco, across the Atlantic Ocean to Tunisia.
Many first-time tourists to Tunisia will opt for a Mediterranean cruise or a ski vacation to reach their holiday destinations, but there are other areas of interest as well. Across the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco, you will find a plethora of world-class tourist attractions such as the Atlas mountains and the Rif Mountains, as well as Marrakech, which boasts of being one of the most exciting cities in Africa. Marrakech also provides a great deal of entertainment, with shopping at its center point and a large number of restaurants and hotels at the many beach resorts.
In contrast, Tunisia’s geography is more compact, making airport transfers easier and cheaper. Tunisia borders Egypt on its east and west and enjoys good relations with France and Italy. A Tunisia international airport will usually be located either near the city of Gnassar or in Zetto, depending upon where your flight originates. There are a large number of airports throughout Tunisia, the best are located in Zetto and Fes, with the former located to the south and the latter to the northwest. These airports serve an international network of destinations, including London, Athens, Rome, Marseille, Brussels, Cologne, and numerous Italian cities.
If you arrive in Tunisia via any of its domestic airports, you can use the country’s public transport – buses, trains, cabs, or caravans – to go around. A relatively small number of hotels are available in Tunisia, though there are several luxury resorts. At present, Tunisia’s major transport systems include the metro system, intercity bus services, the country’s famous taxi services, and tourist buses. The national bus service is Tefal, which provides daily transport to and from central Tunisia. Taxis and caravans are available throughout the rest of the country, though these vehicles usually charge a fixed rate and therefore are not covered by any official car hire plans.
To reach Tunisia’s largest city, Tunis, you can use either the inland expressway Megalith or the tourist railway, Seine de Sables. From Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, you can head south to the ancient city of Sidi Kaouki, a resort region well-known for its friendly locals and beautiful beaches. There you can stay in one of the many hotels or camps or take a holiday on one of the various caravan parks dotted around the area. If you prefer an easy way to reach Tunisia’s far-flung outlying regions, then hire a camper van or caravan to trek to some of its remote outlying villages. Alternatively, you can pay a safari guide to organize the best way for you to see the region.
Medina is the chief gateway to northern Tunisia, offering travelers a unique glimpse into the ancient Cyrenaic and Roman world. It is also home to a number of archaeological sites, including the tomb of St. Barnabas, the site where St. Zenobia buried her child. Medina is a great place to visit for the rich and famous, with its wide array of luxurious hotels and lavish shops. But the best time to explore Medina is during the months of November to May when the desert flowers in bloom. Tourists will be able to witness the true colors of the sand between the various blooms.
Tunisia is a great destination for holidaymakers who want to experience a taste of what life was like during the ancient civilizations. A number of European cities feature as major attractions to Europeans, but Tunisia offers a unique blend of modern luxury and old-world charm. The Tunisia tour allows you to discover a country that has fascinated lovers of history for centuries. For more information on where to go and what to see, contact your travel agent.