Why You Should Visit Tunisia Now?

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Tunisia has never been on the top of my list of places to see. However, after a week spent in this North African country I’ve realized that Tunisia offers a lot and everyone can find something to enjoy!

The country isn’t as dangerous as people usually think. Also, most of the tourists don’t get sick after trying some of the local delicacies. Tunisian cuisine ranges of dishes influenced by Arabic, Mediterranean and French trends.

Similar to Moroccan dishes, Tunisian meals are rich in spices such as coriander, cumin, saffron and harissa. Slow-cooked meats and couscous with eggs are commonly found on local plates. There is no problem with purchasing alcohol, since resorts have its own policy and can sell it to tourists. It might not be good quality, but it’s there if you want it to be 😉

Why You Should Visit Tunisia Now?Tunisian oasis

Tunisia is famous for its resorts located all over the country – Hammamet, Sousse or Monastir. No matter which place you decide to visit you can be satisfied with the standard of your accommodation. One can often meet some of the local camels hanging out at the beach around the hotel.

I tried some parachuting and jet-skiing, both of which are available at almost every beach in Tunisia, and I can definitely recommend those activities. The wealth of marine life, particularly in Hammamet area, makes Tunisian beaches popular for scuba divers.

The country offers plenty of historical sites such as Tunis. However, this ancient city turned out to be a super touristic full of souvenir shops and kids trying to sell you anything they can. I would rather recommend spending more time at the small village of El Djem, located 20 minutes away from Sousse. Its impressive ruins of the largest Roman amphitheater in Africa can satisfy those interested in seeing ancient Roman ruins without the tourists.el-jem


The best part of visiting Tunisia is an excursion to the Sahara. I’d say it’s the best trip in Northern Africa! The first stop on my tour was Tozeur, Sahara’s gateway. I quickly ended up on a donkey riding to a spectacular oasis. There was always a local guy showing how to climb a palm within 30 seconds, some young kids jumping from the cliff, and others trying to sell me green tea in Polish.

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After that I was taken to Matmata, a local village where Star Wars was filmed. We got there via desert jeeps and dropped off at the site. 30 minutes later we drove through the part of the Paris-Dakar rally race course.

If you’re scared of roller coasters then you should probably skip this activity, because it includes plenty of jumping on the dunes. It was amazing! After the drive, I got to see Ong Jemal, the neck of the camel rock where a local guy gave me a salamander to play with greeted me by some camels.star_wars

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Most travelers are more than satisfied with a sunset ride on a camel and they pass out in the tent. But if they get ready to wake up at 3:30 am, you’ll be treated to the best sunrise! You can watch from the desert especially when it’s a salt desert, similar to Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.salt_desert


On the way back from the Sahara I got to stop at a local Berber village. Their houses are built out of mud bricks, making them perfectly suitable for the desert. I was amazed at how many people are able to live happily in the same small space. I got to make my own bread and bake it on their stove, but I was constantly being disturbed by one of the few kittens hanging out in the area.

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Is Tunisia worth visiting then? Definitely!

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15 Comments

    • Anna
      Aug 4, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      Go do it… before those kids with souvenirs can catch you 😉

  1. Aug 4, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Tunis is in fact where Roman Carthage was, isn’t it? Yes yes yes, I definitely want to go! Sadly I don’t think many people on my side of the world is interested, when we talk about North Africa it is always Marrakesh or the Pyramids in Egypt.

    • Anna
      Aug 4, 2014 / 10:05 pm

      Exactly… but on the other hand Morocco and Egypt are super touristic therefore the originality of the place has been lost a bit 🙁

  2. Aug 18, 2014 / 4:42 am

    You had an action-packed trip … I’ll definitely check this place out when I get to within range of Northern Africa. Also, loved the cat that modelled for one of your pics! 😛

    • Anna
      Aug 18, 2014 / 1:49 pm

      The cat was incredibly cute! There were many around, but I managed to take some photos of only a few 😉

  3. Ryan O'Rourke
    Aug 19, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    I never would have imagined Tunis to be super touristy—it doesn’t exactly seem like a city that most people I know would even consider visiting! From the rest of your pictures Tunisia looks very relaxed though. (Or were you just really patient?) I visited Morocco earlier in the year, so it’s likely I won’t be back to North Africa for some time, but next time I go, Tunisia or Algeria would be my pick!

    • Anna
      Aug 19, 2014 / 3:01 pm

      Tunisia is definitely less touristy than Morocco. I also stayed at the resort, so that can make a different. However, it’s also not like Egypt when my AC was constantly being turned off just so the maintenance guy can come and stalk me for 2h haha!

      • Dec 12, 2014 / 7:18 pm

        if anybody want to see the desert and travel in the best and calm part of tunisia just contact me you are very welcome

  4. Daniel
    Feb 12, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    Tunisia is going to be my next trip in May! I also planned to go to Sahara for 2 – 3 days. I originally wanna find a tent to stay at night and enjoy the starry night, but after seeing your post, I don’t think so as it would be freezingggg! Anyway, I just wonder if you could also share with me the contact or recommendation for your excursion to Sahara. Is it organized by a local tour company or individual who provides a jeep for the ride? Thanks!

    • Feb 12, 2015 / 10:44 pm

      I organized the tour through my resort. I can double check for you which company was it.

  5. Daniel
    Feb 12, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Thanks, Anna! Actually, most of the guides / travel blogs from the web said Sahara tour was organized by hotel / hostel / resorts, but with that, I can’t plan the exact date and time for the tour unless I arrive Tunisia, which not allow me to arrange flight ticket to there ahead.

  6. Jul 16, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I totally agree! Spent a summer studying Arabic in Tunisia and am dying to go back. I’d especially be interested in seeing how everything has changed after the revolution (I visited the summer before the Arab Spring).

    • Jul 17, 2015 / 12:33 am

      Yeah, tho after what recently happened in Tunisia I think visitors will be a bit scared to go there 🙁

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