5 of the Top Things to Do in Tunisia, North Africa
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Explore Top 5 Places in Tunisia That You Must Visit
Tunisia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Africa, and for good reason. It offers spectacular beaches for those who need to relax and several diverse cities with ample opportunities for shopping and eating. However, more importantly, Tunisia is a country rich in history. Its UNESCO-protected archaeological sites provide insight into the periods of Roman, Arab and European rule and the treasures left behind by each civilization. Here are 10 of the top Tunisian attractions.
Note: At the time of writing, travel advisories had been issued for parts of Tunisia affected by terrorism and political instability. Be sure to check the latest updates before booking your vacation.
1. Soak up the atmosphere of Tunisia
The capital of Tunisia is the natural place to start your Tunisian adventure. Its origins predate the Romans and over the centuries the city has developed its own unique blend of Arab, African, and European culture. In the French area of Ville Nouveau, colonial buildings line palm tree-lined boulevards and outdoor cafes serve artisan coffee and cakes. In the medina, the authentic souks offer the opportunity to trade in Arabic handicrafts and fabrics. As the second-largest museum on the African continent, the Bardo Museum is a special highlight. Housed in a 19th-century palace, it is a true treasure trove of Tunisian history populated by mosaics, sarcophagi, and sculptures unearthed from ancient sites located throughout the country.
2. He lives like a gladiator in El Djem
Further south, the city of El Djem offers visitors the opportunity to relive the greatness of the Roman Empire. The current settlement grew up around the ruins of the Roman city of Thysdrus, which was once one of the most prosperous settlements in North Africa. Much of the original architecture is lost, with the exception of the city's mighty amphitheater. Built to host gladiator shows and chariot races, the amphitheater held 35,000 spectators and was one of the largest in the Empire. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the amphitheater is more intact than Rome's Colosseum, with two-thirds of its three-arched outer walls still standing. Visitors can also see the underground passages and cells that once housed the human and animal fighters of the arena.
3. Discover the eastern dunes of Grand Erg
Tunisia's natural beauty is as impressive as its historical past. Those wishing to experience the rugged splendor of the Sahara Desert should head to the Grand Erg Oriental, a vast sea of dunes that stretches approximately 370 miles / 600 kilometers between Algeria and Tunisia. The region can be explored by camel or on a 4x4 safari, with trips lasting from a few hours to several days. The campgrounds are especially rewarding as they provide visitors the opportunity to marvel at pristine stellar landscapes and witness the magnificent colors of desert sunrises and sunsets. Grand Erg Oriental is famous for its rolling dunes, but among the endless sandy peaks and valleys you can also find lush oases, rocky mountains, and unexpected wildlife.
4. Explore Islamic history in Kairouan
The center of Islamic history in Tunisia is Kairouan, a city in the northern interior region of the country. Founded in 670 CE, Kairouan became the main holy city in the Maghreb region during the Aglabi dynasty in the 9th century. Today, it is the fourth holiest city in the Muslim faith and recognized by UNESCO as a crucial bastion of Arab-Muslim culture. For visitors, the most rewarding area of Kairouan is the medina. Here, the ancient walls protect a veritable maze of narrow, winding streets lined with painted houses and bustling souks. Every now and then, the alleys lead to incredible Islamic monuments ranging from tombs adorned with mosaics and stucco to ornate mosques, the most famous of which is the 7th-century Great Mosque.
5. Relax by the sea in Sidi Bou Said
Located just 20 kilometers north of Tunis, the coastal city of Sidi Bou Said was founded to host pilgrims in honor of the nearby tomb of a Muslim saint. Today, the city is a popular getaway destination for visitors to the capital, offering the opportunity to relax with beautiful views of the Gulf of Tunis. Sidi Bou Said is famous for its white Greek-style buildings and distinctive blue-painted gates and lattices. This out-of-place architecture was inspired by Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger, a French painter and musicologist who settled in Sidi Bou Said in the early 20th century and decorated his palace in the blue and white style that marked the tendency. Visitors can explore the magnificent Baron's residence before exploring the picturesque old town.
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