Reasons to Visit
Kairouan is one of the holiest cities in Islam and the Great Mosque in the town's medina is a place of beauty and tranquility. Turkish influence can also be seen in the family homes of the Tunis medina and in the intricate palace buildings of the Bardo Museum.
The villages in southern Tunisia are home to some ingenious local architecture. The village of Matmata features troglodyte dwellings, where rooms are several metres below ground level, whilst the ksours such as at Tataouine were used for storage, as defensive positions and for habitation.
The Carthaginian and Roman ruins in Tunisia often play second fiddle to the superb beaches, which is a great shame. The grand amphitheatre of El Jem and other impressive sites such as Kerkouane, Bulla Regia, Sbeitla and Dougga really are remarkable attractions, fully deserving of a place on your itinerary.
To many visitors from Europe, Tunisia's countryside is surprisingly green, and its Roman sites are an absolute delight in the spring months when the wildflowers are in bloom. The freshwater lakes and salt-flats are stopping-off points for migratory birds and offer excellent opportunities for birdwatching.
In the deep south west of the country are the edges of the Sahara Desert, a landscape of dunes, camels and stark mountains and canyons. The desert requires an investment of time and effort to explore, but will reward you with solitude and stunning scenery.
The medinas of Tunisia are the walled hearts of the towns, where the oldest souqs, mosques, streets and traditional houses are to be found. Their whitewashed walls and ornate doors and windows offer perfect opportunities for the keen photographer, while the shady streets and covered souqs give respite from the North African sun.
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Kairouan is broadly considered the holiest city of Tunisia.
One of the best ways to begin a visit to Carthage is to take a view of it from on high. The Byrsa Hill looks out over the whole city and the vista extends to the mountains of the Cap Bon beyond the Gulf of Tunis.
Tunisia, steeped in history, is a beautiful country to explore. The people are warm and welcoming, the sites remarkable and quiet, and the hotels vary considerably. One can find comfortable and practical options, luxurious and international choices, and traditional and arresting Dars. Though Tunisia is less than three hours from the UK by air, the warmer climes and the riches of its past make it an absorbing country to visit.
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A short break in Tunis, with the chance to relax by the Mediterannean, explore the ancient city and visit the dazzling array of nearby Roman ruins.
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Enjoy the unique Roman history and laid back charms of Northern Tunisia, with stays in Tunis, Kairouan and Sidi Bou Said or Gammarth.
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Explore Tunisia, from the Roman sites of the north to the vast desert of the south and the tranquil island of Jerba.
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