From the endless stretches of the Sahara desert in the South to the paradisiacal, fertile valleys of the North and East coasts - Tunisia's diversity captivates its visitors.
Not far from the tip of Italy, sprawling pine forests weave their way between rolling hills and deep, valley where fruit trees and olive gardens blossom. Indulge in a well-earned break with an oriental twist! Nibble on juicy dates and figs, leave your everyday life behind and relax under the warming rays of the ethereal sunlight that falls between the dunes.
Enjoy traditional thalasso treatments which utilise the natural minerals of the sea to tone and smooth the skin, giving a new sense of energy and vitality.
If you're searching for a more active form of relaxation, plan a city tour through Tunis, Carthage and Sidi Bou Said - these three mesmerising cities are so close together that they can be visited in one go. Discover the glittering glamour of the capital city, Tunis, with its lively streets and flamboyant market stands, before visiting the ancient city of Carthage where modern Tunisian colours, scents and mingle with the marks of legends of the past. After your trip back in time, discover the epitome of French-Arabic charm in the picturesque city of Sidi Bou Said, where you'll find charming white houses with blue doors, each with their own individual atmosphere. Sip a tradismells tional Tunisian mint tea as you sit back and relax, enjoying panoramic views of the gently swirling, turquoise sea.
Tunisia looks like a land of 1001 nights. Exotic scents, vibrant colours, sun and a calming sea breeze - everything invites you to marvel and relax. The landscape is astonishingly varied, with everything from wide stretches of beach across the green Atlas Mountains to the wide Sahara. The cultural treasures of the country with the many lively towns and villages make the holiday an unforgettable experience. Whoever wants to make the recovery perfect, can find in Tunisia one of the largest Thalassotherapy destinations in the world, as well as numerous other wellness options.
Facts & Figures
Official name: El Djumhuriya El Tunisiya (Tunisian Republic) Location: North Africa between Algeria and Libya, located at the Mediterranean Sea Area: 164.150 km² Capital: Tunis Population: 10.9 million Religious and ethnic groups: Islam is the state religion/ 98% Arabs Language: Arabic (official), French (common language) Geography: In the north mountainous, inside dry, semi-dry plains south in the Sahara. Highest point: Jebel ech Chambi (1544m) Time zone: Central European Time (UTC + 01:00) Political and economic: Transitional government from partisan technocrats, GDP: EUR 38 billion (2013). Currency: Tunisian Dinar (current exchange rate can be found online)
Arrival and departure
The journey to Tunisia can be made by land, ferry or by air. The main airports are Tunis and Monastir. Visa: Vaccinations: On site: The major roads are considered good and there is an extensive network of buses and minibuses. The same generally applies to the rail network.
Climate and best time to travel
The climate in Tunisia is temperate in the north with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. In the south there is a desert climate. Winter average temperature: Coast/South: 13°C/10°C (average minimum temperatures around 9°C/4°C in January) Summer average temperature: Coast/South: 25°C/28°C (maximum temperatures of around 32°C in August/37°C in July) Water temperature: Maximum 26°C in September
Tunisia is always worth a visit. For city tours, but especially from October to March, since the midsummer can be very hot.
The most beautiful holiday regions
Hammamet - Perfect sandy beaches and vivid turquoise sea Monastir - Impressive fortress and wonderful Riviera Sousse/Port El Kantaoui - Lively old town and the harbour garden
Public holidays and celebrations
New Year (January 1), Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (November / December), Independence Day (March 20), Youth Day (March 21), Martyrs Day (April 9), Labour Day (May 1), Day of the Republic (July 25), Fasting Break (always changing), Women's Day (August 13), Sacrifice Festival (always different), Islamic New Year (changing), New Era Day.
DOs and DON'Ts
DOs • Haggle. This is anchored in the culture, fun, and can lead to bargain. • Use the right hand. Use it for food and when interacting with others, because the left hand is considered unclean. • Wear appropriate attire. In religious sites always cover your shoulders and legs and always remove your shoes.
DON'Ts • Drink alcohol in public areas. This applies less in major tourist centres. • Show your shoe soles. It is considered disrespectful.
Can you drink the tap water? The Tunisian water should not be used as drinking water. Instead drink bottled water or boil the tap water thoroughly for a very long time. Take caution even with ice cubes. Do I need an adaptor? Not all outlets in Tunisia are compatible with the European plugs; an adapter is therefore required. What about medical care? The medical care in the big cities and tourist centres is generally considered good. Outside it is not up to European standards, therefore, a travel health insurance with medical evacuation transport is highly advised.
Top tips and discoveries
El Jem An unusual and unexpected sight is the enormous Coliseum of El Jem amid small buildings in the lowlands of the Sahel. Once surpassed in size only by the Circus Maximus in Rome, it was the scene of many bloody gladiator games. Even today, the place exudes the touch of its past fame and is left with a stage for various art and music events. When the entire arena is lit up in the evening, hardly anyone will be left out by the atmosphere of El Jem.
Tunis / Carthage / Sidi Bou Said All three sites are so close together that you can visit them in one trip. Tunis, with its bustling medina, is full of life where people at the market stalls where can buy and sell everything you can imagine. The seemingly endless narrow streets give wonderful views of the imposing buildings of the city; probably the most prominent of them is the Al-Zaytuna Mosque. The colours, smells and many voices of the souks will be remembered for a long time to come. Not far from Tunis are the remains of the ancient city of Carthage. For a long time, the Carthaginians were a serious opponent of Greece and Rome and could win great wealth as a naval power. This shrine is even noticeable in the ruins of the city. Roman and Punic elements stand as witnesses of the time and make this visit worthwhile. The small artist town, Sidi Bou Said, is located on a hillside close to Tunis and is also worth a visit. Its white houses, blue doors and countless colourful bushes and flowers, the city has always been a popular motif for artists of all stripes. Most notably, Klee and Macke have been immortalized with their piece, "Journey to Tunisia". Enjoy a typical Tunisian mint tea with views from the hills to the sea at your feet comes with deep relaxation and tranquillity.
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