Outstanding beaches, incredible natural beauty and a rich history are just some of the reasons that tempt visitors to the stunning North African jewel of Tunisia. However, dig a little deeper and you will find some wonderful new experiences awaiting that will allow you to really get under the skin of this fabulous country.
Here are 8 of the best…
1. Discover the underground world of Matmata
Take a trip to Matmata and discover the bizarre lunar-like landscape that has to be seen to be believed.
Used as a set in Starwars, the heat is so intense that many of the local Berber population live in underground houses or ‘troglodytes’. Book a tour to see inside the troglodytes and learn about all about the life of the Berbers.
2. Stargaze in the Sahara
A magical holiday memory will be made when you sleep under the stars in the largest desert in the world. Setting up camp on the sands, this unforgettable experience will allow you to take in the vastness, beauty and stillness of this magnificent landscape.
3. Brush up your bartering skills at a bustling souk
Located within the walls of Tunisia’s medinas (old cities), the winding alleys of the souks throng with people and shopkeepers.
You will find a huge selection of leather goods, pottery, carpets and textiles with the shopkeepers all competing for your business. If you are tempted to buy, just make sure your bartering skills are up to scratch and it’s at the right price!
4. Climb aboard a camel
It’s an experience in itself to see punters at the daily camel market in Douz; however, taking a ride on one will allow you to see more of Tunisia from an elevated position. Expect a bumpy ride on these friendly creatures as you discover a new and alternative mode of transport.
5. Walk in the steps of the gladiators
Dating back to AD 238, the impressive Roman amphitheatre at El Djem used to host gladiator shows and chariot races and is a fascinating site to explore. Monty Python fans will enjoy looking around the site which was used in ‘Life of Brian.’
6. Discover mountain oases
Southern Tunisia boasts the stunning mountain oases of Chebika, Tamerza and Mides. As you walk among wafting date palms and outstanding scenery, you may well believe that you have discovered paradise.
7. Ride the Lezard Rouge Train
Sit back and relax in the 19th century carriages of the Lezard Rouge Train as you are taken on an incredible journey through dramatic gorges and beautiful landscape. The trip lasts approximately 1 hour 45 and will treat you to some of Tunisia’s most striking scenery.
8. Discover an ancient city
Founded in the ninth century BC, the ancient city of Cartharge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history waiting to be explored. The incredible sculptures and relics are fascinating and a guided tour will allow you to learn all about this bygone time