remains, French sophistication, yet completely Tunisian’|
For such a small country – the tiniest in North Africa –
Tunisia has alot to offer. A truly kaleidoscopic nation, ranging
from the Mediterranean beaches to the Sahara desert, from ancient
souks to Star Wars film sets.
Tunisia, the Arab-Berber nation is one of the most liberal in the
Islamic world, where alcohol is available and women need not feel
Tunis, the capital, reflects
the country’s diversity. With the French colonial past as
a far-reaching influence (it only gained independence during 1956),
clearly in its cuisine that blends Arab spice with sophisticated
French styles. Older history is unmistakable in the remains of what
was Roman Carthage and the Roman ruins at Dougga
and El Jem are some of the finest in Africa.
Despite its location, edging the Sahara, Tunisia
is a fertile land. It has 6 National Parks, that around Lac
Ichkeul is 1 of 2 UNESCO-protected Biosphere
Reserves in the world. If you’re feeling quite energetic,
the view from the near-deserted village of Takrouna
over the mountainous north is beautiful. Visit to the central desert
oasis like Zaafrane, Tozeur or Kebili
with its hot pools.
Finally, when you tire of the culture, nature and history, simply
lie on the beach and relax along its 1,400 kilometres (875 miles)
stretch of Mediterranean coastline.