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Are you traveling to Tunisia? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Tunisia as a tourist.
Go out in the Sahara Desert on a quad bike and explore the world’s largest desert area. Ride on camels and visit an ancient Bedouin village. Stop at an oasis and get the feeling of being in an old movie.
The historic city of Dougga was founded on a hill overlooking a lush plain and was formerly the capital of the Libyan-Punic state Numidia. The city flourished during the Roman Empire, where it was included in the province of Africa, and had at most between 20 000 and 30 000 inhabitants.
Of Dougga, there are only ruins today. Nowadays the town is classified as a World Heritage Site as it is the best preserved Roman city in North Africa.
El Jem Amphitheatre
The amphitheater of El Jem is the largest Roman amphitheater in North Africa and is located in southern Tunisia, some 60 km south of the city of Sousse in the current El Djem. The amphitheater was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. The theater was built during the years 230-238 during Gordianus I.
This is Tunisia’s national museum and also one of Africa’s largest museums. Bardo Museum is located in Tunis and has extensive collections from several different eras. For those interested in history and culture, a visit to this museum is a must thing to do while visiting Tunisia!
Kairouan is the fourth most important city for Muslims. The city is full of Arabic architecture with mosques and several other Arab monuments. But probably it is still Kairouan’s Medina which is the main attraction here. The best thing about the city is that you get a feeling of going back in time.
Djerba Island is the southernmost island in the Mediterranean and a popular tourist destination. The island is joined to the mainland by a stone bridge built by the Romans as well as a car ferry. Djerba is one of the few places in Tunisia where the Berber language is still spoken.
The tourist area is concentrated on the eastern side while locals live in Midoun and capital Houmt Souk. Djerba is an exciting mix of the real Tunisia and the fantastic white sandy beaches with palm trees.
Sidi Bou Said
A charming village situated on a cliff in northern Tunisia, about 20 km from Tunis. Sidi Bou Said is a famous artist town where many artists have stayed ever. The view is amazing, and so is the architecture with its white buildings with blue doors and details.
During the Roman era, Carthage was their biggest contenders for the power. Carthage was the capital of the Phoenician trading empire and was founded around the year 814 BC After Carthage fall, much of the original architecture were destroyed. Nowadays only a few buildings are remaining, of which the best known are the baths of Antoninus, the port, the amphitheater, the tower of Byrsa Hill, the burial place Tophet, book quarter and fireball camp.
Today Carthage is a suburb of Tunis, and also on the Unesco list of world heritage.
Hammamet is located in northeastern Tunisia and is one of the country’s finest resorts. People come from all over Europe to sunbathe and swim, play golf and enjoy good food and luxury. The city center is made up mostly of Medina where you can buy souvenirs and local crafts. The standard of living in Hammamet is the highest in the whole of Tunisia.
Medina of Tunis, is full of life and movement in which every shopkeeper has “the best price.” If it’s the first time you visit a Medina, it can be a bit overwhelming. But there is a cool place where there is a good chance to pick up a bargain, especially if you know how to haggle. Here are everything from local food and local handicrafts to carpets and spices.