Tunisia delivers a fascinating range of landscapes and climates that has moulded diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. The south possesses some major archaeological sites, impressive dunes, and a nomadic people who can be seen often crossing the sands. The north contains many of the main cities in the country, located along the historic Mediterranean coast. Carthaginian and Roman ruins are found in and just outside the contemporary urban areas, which themselves blend African,Ottoman, and European influences.
Things to know before visit Tunisia
Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate where the winters are mild but summers are hot and dry. There is a long spell of rainy season too from October until January. Spring season that lasts from March to June has moderate temperatures and so does autumn (September and October).
Rivaling Rome, this ancient city of Carthage is steeped in history. It was once the city of Phoenicians that were involved in the Punic Wars but today it is a city of rubble. All the ruins from that era are the main attractions of the city and are UNESCO World-Heritage-listed remnants; from the ancient roman baths, Carthage aqueduct to St. Louis Cathedral and Tophet de Carthage.
A picture perfect town, Sidi Bou Said is a clifftop town that looks like a painting on a canvas. The whitewashed alleyway, blue colored doors and wrought-iron window frames, all make for stunning scenery with the Mediterranean as the backdrop. Its the perfect place to enjoy some rest and recoup.
An important city for those of Muslim faith, Kairouan is dotted with mosques, tombs and madrassas. The Arabic architecture in these monuments is stunning with skinny minarets and huge domes. A great way to explore the town is on foot, walking through a maze of narrow alleyways lined with colorful houses. This town gives the feeling of a place lost-in-time.
A picture-perfect beach hub, Djerba is a great escape for those looking to laze and enjoy the sun and sand. The island town of Houmt Souk is what attracts most tourists to this town. The old town district is also beautiful with whitewashed houses and small lanes. So step out to this tiny town to relax on the pristine beaches and indulge in some water sports if you desire.
The capital city of Tunisia, Tunis sits alongside lake Tunis and boasts of ancient medina, an archaeological museum- Bardo that displays Roman mosaics in a 15th-century palace and also the ruins of ancient Carthage. This beautiful town gives a feeling of being in Paris with huge tree-peppered avenues, cafes on the sidewalks and magnificent cathedrals with Gothic architecture. One can indulge in some retail therapy here at the souks with a range of fabrics to choose from and sample some local cuisine at the cafes.
Travel Advisory:For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity:While traveling to Tunisia it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter with multiple plug configurations. The standard voltage is at 220V and the frequency is 50 Hz.