Officially known as the Tunisian Republic, Tunisia is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa and is a fantastic getaway destination for travellers. Steeped in history and packed with diverse natural beauty, this tiny country offers plenty to the discerning traveller. Along with the sandy Meditteranean coastline and its beaches, the country boasts a varied landscape defined by the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert, forested coastlines, shimmering salt flats, and bustling cobblestoned streets filled with the scent of jasmine and sea breeze.
Libya borders Tunisia to the south-east, while Algeria lies to the west of the country. The extensive network of roads in the country provides access to all major cities and towns, including smaller villages. Additionally, the country has 29 airports. However, Tunis Carthage International Airport and Djerba–Zarzis International Airport are the two major airports in Tunisia. Popular tourist attractions include the capital city of Tunis, the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jerba, and the ancient ruins of Carthage. There are stunning coastal resorts just outside of Monastir, as well as many hotels and other accommodation options with modern amenities.
Tunisia may be small, but the country is a melting pot of culture and diverse landscape and boasts a powerhouse of attractions for many tourists. With a balmy Mediterranean climate, golden sandy beaches, forested coastlines, and the alluring Sahara Desert, travellers can explore the ins and outs of the country in a matter of days. The main drawcard for tourists is the stunning stretches of sandy beaches along the Mediterranean coast, with the clear waters at Plage de la Mansoura the most popular. Sun-seekers can soak it up on the Cap Bon Peninsula, while culture vultures can explore the Roman quarry at Ghar el-Khabir.
For the adventurers, the vast Sahara Desert awaits, and there are numerous tour operators that organize activities such as camel riding, 4WD experiences, jeep safaris, and more. For those staying at a resort in Hammamet, Sousse, or Monastir, there are endless activities on offer. From windsurfing and parasailing to waterskiing, snorkelling, and exploring the pristine underwater kingdom with a diving safari, there is something for sun and sea-seeker.
Hiking and biking in the forests of the Kroumirie Mountains around Ain Draham have been become popular in recent years, as the area has grown into a trekking destination. Hikers can book a trekking expedition with a knowledgeable guide, cyclists need to be self-sufficient. Bird watching is another drawcard as Tunisia is home to a few rare bird species such as the Audouin’s gull, as well as the Levaillant’s woodpecker and Moussier’s redstart—both of which are endemic. Winter beckons the migratory waterfowl, so avid birders should heat the wetlands of Ichkeul National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site found in the north of Tunisia.