Tunisia, which is often thought of as only a beach vacation, has a plethora of unexpected tourist attractions and things to do for those who travel away from the sand.
This is North Africa condensed into a small package. In the towns, there are pastel-washed alleyways and bustling souk streets to discover; in the countryside, there are old ruins to discover; and the huge desert expanse of the Sahara to the south, with its sweeping dunes, rugged mountains, and secret, palm-tree-filled oases.
Tunisia was Rome’s breadbasket, and the Romans’ cultural legacies are more than enough motivation to pay a visit. However, the country contains some of the most exquisite examples of Islamic architecture in the region thanks to the history of Arab empires.
It’s time to head into the Sahara to taste the raw, empty beauty of the Sahara after craning your neck at Kairouan’s minarets and playing gladiator at El Djem. The golden hour at the sun-kissed beaches decked up naturally with beautiful palms is all the sights that are waiting for you to be seen.
1. El Djem Amphitheater
This remarkably well-preserved Roman relic is Tunisia’s top tourist attraction and is one of the best examples of amphitheater design still surviving in the world. The fortifications’ massive weight serves as a reminder of Rome’s once-dominant grasp on North Africa.
Imagine yourself walking across the huge steps of the area as the gladiators did and soak in its beauty, imaging the glorious battles that once took place in the same arena.
If you are planning on getting tanned and relaxing to the lapping sounds of the waves, then this beach is the place for you to visit. The island of Djerba is a picturesque land of palms and whitewashed houses. The shopping the Houmt Souk is an attraction in itself.
Walk down to the sandy beach of Djerba with the best handicraft items the Houmt Souk’s market has to offer and relax where summer daydreams are made.
3. The National Bardo Museum
It is one of the top museums of North Africa with the world’s most largest and important pieces of mosaics. It’s a demonstration of the spectacular, exquisite creativity of the Roman and Byzantine eras, with artifacts hand-picked from Tunisia’s most important archaeological sites. If you are in the capital, this is a must-visit on your to-do list.
4. Grand Erg Oriental
The huge Sahara desert encompasses much of Tunisia’s interior, and the Grand Erg Oriental, an expanse of sand dunes, is the most magnificent part of the desert. For many people, this is an adventure playground where they can ride dune buggies and go on camel treks, but nothing beats sitting atop one of these massive sand dunes and watching the sunset over the Sahara.
The mystique ruins of the grandam are now a part of Tunis’ suburb area and stand as a reminder that even the greatest cities could be brought down. This is not just a historical tourist spot but is also a UNESCO world heritage listicle which one should not miss out on.
6. Sidi Bou Said
The whitewashed lanes, wrought-iron window frames, and bright blue doors are the epitome of Tunisian village architecture, and the Mediterranean backdrop is just what makes this place a highly photogenic spot. So lay back and get lazy while you take a stroll on through the lanes of Sidi Bou Said.
7. Bulla Regia
For those who love a good jump into history, this is the most intriguing sight to see. The Bulla Regia is the villa built by the Roman inhabitants to cool of the harsh summers and have cool, livable houses. Even though they might not have their original look, but these well-preserved villas with large, beautiful mosaics are still something that you must visit.
8. Chott el Djerid
This spread-out salt pan is one of a kind desert where you get to see beautiful yet bizarre sights depending on the changing season. With shimmering mirages on the horizon and jigsaw puzzle pieces of blindingly white, cracked soil underfoot, these sights are seen during the summers.
During the winter, however, the basin partially fills with water, forming a strange lake in the middle of the desert plains.
9. Sousse Medina
Tucked away behind the builds of Ribat and Kasbah, the medina is waiting to be explored. Rimmed with whitewashed houses and a shopping paradise the quiet alleys of the medina is a place to go to enjoy the essence of the local feel
The soft, white sand beach with the Mediterranean as an added charm, this is a laid-back beach vacation, perfect for a sunbath. Enjoy stress-free walks by the medina and push away your worries to the serene sounds on the waves by Hammamet.
Tunisia is a land of diverse cultures and historical points that one can never forget. These are just the top 10 must-visit attractions that we recommend but feel free to explore the beautiful cities for local food, handicrafts, or just enjoy the scenic sights.
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