One of the popular ways of touring the countries of the Mediterranean Sea is by cruise ship, many of these stop off in the North African country of Tunisia. Since the 1960s it has been a destination of affordable luxury and wonderful weather and steadily the number of beds, resorts and holiday rental villas has increased.
The holiday resorts of Tunisia
The capital of Tunis is one of the favored places with its vicinity to the fabled ruined city of Carthage, there are the exciting Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jarba and the luxurious vacation resorts of Monastir. The main holiday beds around are all within resorts with Djerba-Zaris housing 40% of them. Located on the southern tip of the peninsula the area is renowned for its diverse landscape and pleasant weather.
There are a host of sites to visit when traveling around Tunis including the impressive Roman town of Dougga with its theatre and mausoleum. The Bardo Museum which houses many great relics from Tunisia’s varied past, the old market center of Madina with its markets and bazaars and the Cathedral of St Vincent of Paul.
The next most visited area is the Sfax region and the coastal city of Mahdia. Here you can explore the ancient 10th century buildings such as the Great Mosque and the Casbah as well as the Skifa Kahla city gate. The rich history around the town includes examples from the French and Spanish invasions, raids by the fleets of Genoa and Pisa and Norman conquests in the 11th century. A shipwreck discovered just off the coast in 1903 and dating back to 80 BC supplied a great collection of treasures that are now on display in the Musee National du Bardo in Tunis.
Sousse north of Mahdia and has a wonderful Medieval heart with busy markets, kasbah and the old center Madina along with the well preserved ribat fortress. Sousse has over 40,000 beds and its gloriously sandy beaches, night time entertainment, casinos and sumptuous restaurants means it is regularly teeming with visitors. The area is a UNESCO designated site and its narrow streets, lively bazaars and the marvelous site of the Carthaginian catacombs are great tourist destinations.
Tunisia is a cultural adventure and a fabulous chance to haggle and barter at the souk markets and stalls for jewelry, silks, perfume and crafts. The maze of shops are full of all sorts of exotic treats with local pottery, clothes and tasty morsels on offer. This was the heartland of Roman Africa, the base for Barbary pirates and home to a vast array of Islamic delights, magnificent architecture and mosques to see. Tunisia’s natural wonders are also legendary, lovely beaches and breathtaking Chebika oasis in the middle of the shifting sands of the Sahara.
The fertile coastal regions are havens for swimming and outside leisure, while the interior of the country has a landscape ideal for the adventurous. Dune busting and camel trekking are among the activities that are possible in this exciting part of the Mediterranean.