A land bursting with souks and spices amidst desert dunes; a place for romantics, beach lovers, barterers and adventurers. Tunisia holidays entice and delight many people for many reasons, but here are my top five reasons why I think you should visit Tunisia on your next holiday.
1) The sandy shores
Picture this: long, sun-kissed stretches with soft, white sands and crystal-clear waters. Sounds like pure bliss, doesn’t it? Tunisia is home to some of the best beaches in North Africa, so no matter where you stay, there’ll be a beautiful stretch where you can lie back, soak up some rays and unwind. If you’re looking to get more out of the beach than just relaxing, you need to head to Hammamet to try out the water sports on offer; perfect for adrenaline junkies.
2) Tasty local food
If you like your food quite spicy and full of flavour, Tunisian cuisine is something you have to try. The Tunisian dish of Brik, a deep-friend tuna and egg turnover is considered a local speciality whilst couscous is the national dish. You’ll never have it the same way twice, whether it’s served with lamb, chicken, fish or vegetables; it’s absolutely delicious! I don’t know about you, but my mouth is already watering at the thought of all the divine Tunisian cuisine on offer.
3) Scour the souks
Finding your way around the maze of streets in a souk is one of the best ways to experience the authentic side of this beautiful country. I love to pick up homemade souvenirs when I’m travelling so I can bring a piece of the country I’m visiting home with me. Tunisia’s souks have got some one-of-a-kind gems to find, from handcrafted clothing to delicately decorated ceramics. Although, you’ve got to be prepared to barter and haggle with stall holders to bag yourself a bargain.
4) The captivating history
It’s hard not to be amazed by Tunisia’s colourful past, it’s part of what makes the country the wonderful destination it is today. If you’re interested in Roman history, the ruins at Carthage and the Roman amphitheatre at El Djem are must-see sites. But the one not to be missed is the UNESCO protected Dougga; this well-preserved Roman small town will grab your attention for hours.
5) The stunning Sahara Desert
The magnificent Sahara Desert stretches over ten countries including Tunisia, so you can’t visit without seeing this mighty desert in all of its glory. The desert landscape is truly breathtaking, just make sure you bring your camera to capture the sight of it forever. You’ll get the most out of your visit with an organised tour. Whether you’re scoping out the location of scenes from the original Star Wars movies or heading towards the Salt Lake at Chott El Jerid (the largest salt pan of the Sahara Desert), the best way to get around is in a 4×4 jeep.