Despite being the smallest country in North Africa, Tunisia may be its most diverse, offering a wealth of opportunities for visitors – from historical exploration to the chance to be awed by its natural beauty. Whether you’re keen to set foot in the Sahara desert or to wander through well-preserved Roman ruins, a trip to Tunisia could be one of the most mesmerising holidays you’ll ever take.
There are many reasons why Tunisia is one of the most popular destinations in the Arabic world, particularly among Western travellers who will see greater equality and a more cosmopolitan and welcoming atmosphere than elsewhere in this part of the world. Tunisia’s low prices and the abundance of flight deals have helped to make it a sensation for adventurous travellers who flock in droves to the sunny Mediterranean coast.
However, to stick to the beaches would be to miss out on much of what makes Tunisia such an incredible country to visit. If you’re drawn to the region’s colourful history, a trip to the ruined city of Carthage is essential, dotted with Roman ruins that speak of a rich, imperial province now lost. That’s not to say Tunisia’s colonial majesty faded after the Roman Empire though, as its elegant 19th century French residences will demonstrate. Tunisia’s museums also display this wealthy cultural history, particularly institutions such as Bardo Museum, home to the most comprehensive collection of Roman mosaics in the world.
Even beyond the cities, Tunisia holidays can offer the unique chance to experience a dazzling array of flora, fauna and changing landscapes, all in just a few days when you arrange a guided tour. Take a trip south into the Sahara desert to take on this challenging landscape and see incredible views of sand dunes from Ksar Ghilane and the cave dwellings at Matmata – a landscape so distinctive, it’s been captured on celluloid in such hit films as Star Wars. Alternatively, head to the north of the country for different scenery entirely – home to spectacular lakes populated by pink flamingos, and olive and citrus trees.
A trip to Tunisia can even include day trips or longer stays on its charming surrounding islands, such as Jerba. This small island offers Mediterranean bliss for beach lovers and ramblers alike, and also holds its own in terms of historical charm, thanks to the presence of the cobblestoned town of Houmt Souq.