Tunisia Travel Guide

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 Gabes oasis sand-dunes

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Tunisia is more than an excellent place to play golf in the winter: on a small surface you can find real deserts with beautiful oasis, old cities, lots of carpets and fine beaches. Combined with the good climate, warm people and good opportunities for a relaxed holiday make Tunisia a popular destination.

One of the more striking features of a visit to Tunisia is that every single city you visit seems really old. Tunisia has been a part of Phoenician, Carthagenian, Byzantic, Roman, Arab, Turkish and French empires and they all left their beautiful traces here. Tunis and Carthage date back to pre-roman times, El jem has its own Coliseum. Kairouan is considered a young city; it was founded in the 6-th century by the Arabs.

The coast of Tunisia is beautiful. Towns like Mahdia , Sousse , Sfax, Monastir and Tozeur are worth a visit. The beaches are quite nice. You might try to avoid staying in the big tourist traps on the coast, however, there it is quite hard to appreciate real Tunisian life.

The west is rugged mountain land. One of the coolest things to do here is take the 'lezard rouge' in Metlaoui . The lezard is a train from 1920, used in the past by the Bey, that winds its way through mountain gorges.

The south of Tunisia is mostly desert. A striking sight in this region are the cave dwellings in Matmata . This is where Star Wars was filmed! The island of Jerba, called dream island, is also a great place to go in the south.

As William Shakespeare said it "Sir, This Tunis is Carthage!"

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January 28, 2005 change by travellingmap

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