Where to go
Tunis is the capital city and a gateway to Tunisia’s resorts. Sights not to miss out on include the Bardo Museum and the World Heritage-protected Medina of Tunis. The Roman ruins of the ancient city of Carthage are located in the suburbs of the city. Are you an artist looking for inspiration? The village of Sidi Bou Said offers plenty of inspiration, and you’ll find many fellow professionals there seeking the same.
Once a humble fishing settlement, Hammamet is now a beach resort. There are dozens of top-end to budget hotels, restaurants and bars. A wander through Hammamet’s historic center will provide you with a glimpse into Hammamet’s rich, elaborate architecture from a bygone era.
What to do and see
» Historic sights: There are many historical sites to visit, several of these being World Heritage sites. These include Dougga, the Roman ruins perched at the top of a hill at an altitude of 571 meters; El Ejem, the ancient Roman colosseum; Medina of Tunis, one of the first Arabo-Muslim towns of the Maghreb; and the archaeological site of Carthage.
» Experience a galaxy far, far away (almost!): Star Wars enthusiasts should not leave Tunisia without seeing the Matmata village, which appeared in the Star Wars movies. Drop by the Sidi Driss Hotel to see some props left by the Star Wars film-makers.
» National parks: Tunisia gives the chance to enjoy nature at its finest, with many national parks, each having their own beautiful eco-system. The Ichkeul National Park, a World Heritage site, is the most famous and contains a wetland home to thousands of species of birds. Meanwhile, the Chambi-Kasserine National Reserve is a UNESCO special reserve, due to the flora and fauna that surround Djebel Chambi, Tunisia’s highest peak. The El Feija National Park is well known for its many reptiles and mammals.
Although Arabic is the national language in Tunisia, French is usually the language of commerce. Almost all official documents and signs are written in French in addition to Arabic.
Being an Islamic country, you should dress and behave conservatively. Women should cover their shoulders and legs. Avoid public displays of affection, and respect religious rules and traditions. You’ll also only be able to buy (and consume) alcohol in designated areas.
History and heritage for the culture vultures, areas of natural beauty for the flora and fauna appreciators, and even a touch of Hollywood for the science fiction lovers, Tunisia has something for everyone. If none of that grabs your fancy — how could it not, though! — you can worship the sun there instead. Happy holidays!
Site updated on 4. January 2018