It’s understood that Tunisia’s tourism industry really got going in the 1960s and over time, it has become one of the main sources of income for the country. Millions of people flock from all over the world and not only that – the country also attracts millions of domestic tourists each and every year.
When you take a look at the nation in detail, the above really isn’t surprising.
Tunisia is one of the few countries which can well and truly cater for the masses. It manages to combine climate, golden beaches, history and shopping and create something of an “all-round” experience.
When you also consider the cost of Tunisia – visiting is an absolute no-brainer for most people. All of the above factors arrive at a much lower cost in comparison to other destinations and it means that since the turn of the millennium, tourism has boomed.
First and foremost, let’s not forget the Mediterranean-factor with this country. It means that tourists can bask in glorious temperatures, whilst sitting on any of the umpteen golden beaches that the country offers.
Suffice to say ,there are some regions of the country
which are more suited to the beach enthusiast than others. While we will take a look
at some of the most prominent tourist destinations a little further down the guide,
if you’re specifically looking for the best beaches in Tunisia the following
regions will most certainly satisfy you:
Djerba, Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir
Then, there is the history. This is arguably an even bigger pull for visitors; Tunisia has some of the most intriguing historical sites in the world and on the whole, these have been preserved fantastically well.
This is where the country really comes into its own and if you’re the type of tourist who likes to lap up culture, sights and general history, there are countless attractions that can fill your stay.
From the famous amphitheatre that has staged some of the most renowned movies in the world such as Gladiator, to ancient towns which have hosted the Star Wars set – many people don’t realise how much the country has to offer. The following attractions are seen as the most impressive in the country:
El Jem Amphitheatre – Arguably the most famous attraction in Tunisia, this is something that we will speak more about further on in the guide. In short, much of this amphitheatre is still preserved – allowing guests to get a feel for what life used to be like for Roman gladiators. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the third largest amphitheatre in the world – it can hold 35,000 spectators.
Matmata – If you’re a Star Wars enthusiast, tune in now. Matmata is a small village in South Tunisia, focussing on caves which are used as homes. It has been used as a filming location for Star Wars, while any Call of Duty fans may recognise the area as some of the game’s missions are based in it.
Dougga – If you want a bit of everything, this is where Dougga comes into play. The area has everything from a forum, amphitheatre to public baths – with some of the sites dating back to the second or third century BC. This is yet another UNESCO World Heritage site which is based in the country.
Carthage – With La Malga Cisterns, Byrsa Hill, the Zaghouan Aqueduct, a national museum, port, theatre, villas and countless other historic attractions based in Carthage – one could argue that this is the capital of Tunisia’s history. It’s hardly primed in terms of accommodation, which means that most guests only take day trips to it. Nevertheless, with so many different historic attractions housed in one area, it’s hugely popular.
Sousse Medina – Enclosed by Sousse’s city walls, this medina is certainly one of the more interesting ones in Tunisia. It’s ideal for any shopping enthusiasts and is yet another historic attraction that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Some people will also be attracted by the shopping. It would be fair to say that the Tunisian shopping experience is somewhat different to other areas; it’s here where you’re more likely to enjoy “local” shopping for crafts and other cultured items, rather than visiting the big brand shops that you’re used to back home.
While the former do exist, it’s the smaller establishments which can really offer gems and provide a completely unique shopping experience.