The city of Medenine used to be an important station for caravans. Many of the 35 original ksour (fortified citadels) no longer exist. They were either demolished or rebuilt. The remaining ksour now serve as hotels or restaurants. Some have small shops where you can buy Bedouin jewellery. On a round trip from Medenine to Foum Tataouine you can visit more Ksour. For example Ksar Djouama, Beni Kheddache or Haddada. The most beautiful mountain ksour are Ouled Soltane, south of Tataouine and Chenini to the west. South of the nearby villages of Tataouine, Remada and Borj Bourguiba lie the foothills of the Sahara. A trip there is definitely worth it.
- Topschoolsintheusa: Guides to study in Tunisia, including geography, climate, economy, and tourism of the country.
If you want to experience an unforgettable beach holiday, you should travel to Raf Raf. The small town is about 40 kilometers east of Bizerte. It consists of the city proper, which lies above the coast, and the Raf Raf Plage. The city offers a wonderful view of the Mediterranean Sea. The hotels and most of the restaurants and cafes are right on the beach. Raf Raf is also a popular day trip destination for residents of nearby Tunis in the summer because of its mild climate. Package and individual vacationers can combine a trip to Raf Raf with a visit to the archaeological excavation site Utica and the archaeological sights there.
The Cap Bon
The Cap Bon is a peninsula on which the most beautiful and popular bathing resorts in Tunisia are located. It lies between the Gulf of Hammamet and the Gulf of Tunis. The region takes its name from the cape of the same name, which is located in the extreme north of the peninsula. On the Cap Bon you will find beautiful, long sandy beaches, rugged coasts, an exceptionally diverse landscape and many interesting cities. In the spring, the towns along the Cap Bon celebrate the Orange Blossom Festival. A spectacle that attracts many visitors every year. Popular destinations for package and individual vacationers as well as day trippers are Hammamet, Kerkouane, Korba, Kelibia, El Haouaria, Korbous and Soliman. All places are very easy to reach from the two airports in Monastir or Tunis.
The island of Djerba is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Tunisia. You can arrive either via the Römerdamm, by ferry or by plane. The holiday island enchants above all with its kilometers of paradisiacal beaches. The largest and most important town of Djerba is Houmt Souk, where a folklore museum and the fishing port can be visited. The main attraction of the city is the pirate fortress Bordj el Kebir. Other sights on the island are the Al Ghriba synagogue, the lighthouse, the skull pyramid or the crocodile farm in the Djerba Explorer Park. The ruins and remains of buildings and cities from Roman times, such as Meninx and Djerba Castle, are also worth a visit. An underground mosque not far from Sedouikech is also one of the special features of Djerba.
The harbor town of Bizerte, located in the very north, impresses with its charm. Colorful boats line up in its old fishing port. There is also a kasbah and an Andalusian quarter. The medina (old town) invites you to a journey of discovery through souks and small alleys. Beautiful avenues and hotels with magnificent gardens line the Corniche above the fine sandy beaches. The wonderful landscape invites to excursions in the area. The Ichkeul Lake National Park is a worthwhile destination for day trips. It is home to many species of birds and even water buffalo.
Chott el Djerid
The Chott el Djerid is one of three huge salt lakes in southern Tunisia. The lake owes its name to the nearby oasis region of Bled el Djerid (land of the date palms). Chotts are dry salt lakes that change appearance with the seasons, weather conditions, and temperatures. Under the scorching sun that burns on the endless plains, mirages sometimes arise: the famous Fata Morganas. Crossing the lake on the paved road is fascinating and exciting at the same time. Away from this salt desert, millions of palm trees grow in the largest oasis landscape in Tunisia. Further south begins the desert. A trip to the Sahara is highly recommended. A must for every Tunisia vacationer.
Dougga’s Roman Ruins
The Dougga archaeological site has the best preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. Dougga owes its name to the rocks on the former northern outskirts of town, which are called “tukka” in Numidian. The ancient and originally Numidian city, which was built before the 5th century B.C. It was founded on a hilltop around 1000 BC and on the remains of which modern Dougga stood until the mid-20th century, and was called Thukka or Thugga like the rocks. In order to be able to uncover the ruins of Thugga, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, today’s Dougga was moved to the valley of the Oued Khalled. One of the most popular sights is the ancient theater carved into the rock. Built by the Romans in 168 AD, the theater has been restored and seats 3,500. It is still used today for performances of Greek dramas. Also worth seeing are the Libyan-Punic mausoleum (2nd century), the Liciniusthermen (260 AD) and the Capitol.
About 60 kilometers northwest of Dougga lie the ruins of the Roman city of Bulla Regia. The remains from Roman, early Christian and Byzantine times make Bulla Regia a worthwhile excursion destination. A special feature of this ancient city are the underground palaces and villas with refined mosaics. You can still visit the ruins of the Maison du Tresor, the Palace of the Huntsman and the Palace of the Peacock. A particularly beautiful motif is a mosaic depicting Neptune and his wife Amphitrite. It is located in the Palace of the Amphitrites. Many mosaics have now been brought to the Bardo Museum in Tunis. In the Jagdpalast, however, there are still some interesting mosaics to be admired. Also worth seeing are the Temple of Apollo, the Baths of Julia Memmia and the local museum.
Tataouine is the tourist center of southern Tunisia. The area around Tataouine is famous for its impressive ksour (Berber granary castles). The huge fortresses used to be used as storage castles and are absolutely worth seeing. The Ksar Ouled Soltane is one of the most beautiful in Tunisia. The surrounding Beber villages of Chenini and Douiret with their ksour built into the mountains are also worth a visit. Every year at the end of March the 3-day festival of Ksour with camel and horse racing takes place here. The performances with regional dances and songs and various music groups make you feel as if you have been transported to another world. Tataouine can be reached within two hours from Djerba or Zarzis.
Tunisia’s second largest city, Sfax, is located directly on the sea. Although it is not a tourist center, it is still worth a visit, which is mainly due to the beautiful medina (old town). This is surrounded by a historic city wall. Special attractions are the Souk de Forgerons (Blacksmiths’ Market) and the Great Mosque (9th century). Sfax has three interesting museums: a folklore museum, an archaeological museum and the “La Kasbah” museum. Cultural sights also lure in the area: About 12 kilometers to the south is the excavation site of Thaenae with well-preserved remains of some baths, a church and a cemetery. Unfortunately, little remains of ancient Taparura, located about three kilometers from Sfax. Even further south of Sfax are enchanting bathing resorts such as Sousse or Mahdia. The Kerkennah archipelago with its beautiful beaches can be reached directly from Sfax by ferry or boat in less than an hour.
The Seldja Gorge
A few kilometers from the small town of Metlaoui, on the edge of the desert, lies the impressive Seldja Gorge. In the midst of a breathtaking landscape, the rugged gorge opens with narrow crevices and rock walls that are up to 200 meters high. This little wonder can be reached with the Lézard Rouge” (Red Lizard) train. The wooden nostalgic train was given to the Bey of Tunis as a gift in 1913 and now belongs to the state railway company SNCFT. The train starts at Metlaoui station and you chug along with a cuppa Tea and with occasional stops towards the gorge.The drive is an unforgettable experience and highly recommended.A trip to the Seldja gorge is often combined with a trip to Douz or Tozeur.
The oasis city of Tozeur is located in southern Tunisia and is the capital of the Djerid – a chain of oases. With over 1.5 million palm trees, it is the largest oasis in the country. If you wish, you can visit the oasis on a donkey or camel tour. Tozeur is also famous for its unique adobe architecture and its winding old town. Worth seeing are the desert zoo with various reptiles and the amusement park “Milles et une nuit”. The cultural center “Dar Cherait” with the adjoining museum “Les Trésors de Tunisie” is also worth a visit. Apart from the magical surroundings, Tozeur is the perfect holiday spot for extreme sports enthusiasts. Starting with quad, Motorbike and mountain bike tours through the sandy or rocky desert, flights in hot air balloons and speed sailing on the salt lake Chott el Djerid are all on offer. The city is also the ideal starting point for safaris into the Sahara.
Tunis, the modern capital on the Gulf of Tunis, is reminiscent of a mixture of 1001 nights and an urban jungle. The city boasts an impressive 700 historic monuments spread across the Ville Nouvelle (New Town) and historic Medina (Old Town). The winding medina with its colorful souks is unforgettable, as is the art deco architecture typical of Tunis. The famous Bardo Museum with the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics is definitely worth seeing. Other sights are the olive tree mosque “Djamaa Ez-Zitouna”, the opera house, the mausoleum Tourbet El Bey and three madrasahs (Koran colleges). Tunis Cathedral is also worth a visit. A popular regional destination are the Belvédère hills to the north of the city. There you can stroll in the Belvédère Park or visit the zoo. Southeast of Tunis are Hammam-Lif and the ruins of a Roman thermal bath. The suburbs of Tunis (Carthage, Sidi Bou Said, Gammarth, La Soukra, La Goulette) are well known and worth a trip there.
Archaeological site of ancient Utica
The archaeological site of the ancient port city of Utica is easily accessible from Tunis or Bizerte. Already around 1100 B.C. The city was founded originally on a peninsula. Today only ruins remain of Utica, which can be found 10 kilometers inland. The extensive excavations with finds from Phoenician, Punic and Roman times have not ended to this day. There is a Roman villa district and a Punic necropolis to visit. The villas Maison de la Cascade, Maison du Tresor and Maison de la Chasse are particularly worth seeing. You can also see the remains of two theatres, an aqueduct and some thermal baths. A few meters from the excavation site you can visit a small archaeological museum with exhibits from the 8th to 5th centuries BC. be issued.
The coastal town of Zarzis consists of several small oases and is located about 60 kilometers from Djerba. The southernmost seaside resort in Tunisia was built on the ruins of Roman Gergis. Beautiful beaches and numerous hotels allow for a relaxing holiday. In addition to the proud number of over 100,000 palm trees and 700,000 olive trees, there is a mosque and a folklore museum to visit in Zarzis. A popular destination is the island of Djerba. It is easy to reach by bus or taxi.