Tunisia is a North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert. It has many charming towns, Roman ruins, flat planes and sand dunes and fine beaches along its coast with mountains in the north. Ancient and Islamic monuments throughout Tunisia gives a historical insight of times past, includes Park of the Antonine Baths which represented the majestic opulence of the times is now a shadow of its former glory, now lies in ruins a part of the complex ruins of the archaeological site of Carthage.
Tunis once the greatest of cities of the ancient world is the capital city, and home to the Bardo Museum where archaeological exhibits including Roman mosaics, Islamic art are waiting to be explored. The city’s medina quarter encompasses the massive Al-Zaytuna Mosque and a thriving souk. To the east, the site of ancient Carthage features the Antonine Baths and other ruins, plus artefacts at the Carthage National Museum.
Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said located a couple hours drive from Tunis, is very picturesque and is a great base for exploring the northern coastal area of Tunisia. D’Art lella Salua & des Metiers is a perfect place to shop for unique souvenir pieces where you’ll be spoilt for choice of paintings, trinkets, colourful pottery plates, traditional clothing and more. Museum Dar el Annabai a showcase of ancient Tunisian life wandering the various rooms of the museum will give an insight into the birth of Tunisian customs including the drinking of mint tea.
Monastir based in the central coast of Tunisia a traditional fishing port is now a major city attracting visitors to its many attractions by touring the city on the traditional carriage train which runs through the villages, orchards, fishing port and marina. The Ribat in the Maghreb is one of the finest examples of military fortification in Phoenician times which looks out to the sea and is one of those ruins where you can actually clamber over. In its bazaar you will find carpets, artisan jewellery, unique souvenirs and trinkets ideal for gifts.
Sousse is one of the oldest cities in Tunisia and is a lively seaside location with a fishing port. The Medina houses all the sights and rises above the sea. Walk around the fishing port and take a trip on the boats where children can play nautical activities. Visit the Sousse catacombs created by Christians to bury their dead in the 1st century or visit the Sousse Ribat which provides you panoramic views over the Medina.
Things to see and do
- Explore the ancient ruins of Carthage
- Shop in the beautiful Sidi Bou Said for bargain souvenirs
- Visit Lake Ichkeul in the north of Tunisia to see see flamingos and egrets inhabit the marshland ideal for birdwatching
- Explore the narrow streets of the old Medina founded in the seventh century
- Explore Monastir on the traditional train