Tunisia Travel Guide
This content was last updated on 02.09.2022 07:59
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Tunisia is one of the most beautiful countries in its region. We have listed the most beautiful places to visit in Tunisia for you. In Tunisia, a North African country with a rich historical past and home to countless civilizations throughout history, there are many artifacts from these civilizations.
Where is Tunisia
Tunisia, which has a coast to the Mediterranean in North Africa, is an Arab Islamic country with a rich historical past and located on lands bearing the traces of different civilizations. Tunisia is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya and the Mediterranean to the east, and the Mediterranean to the north.
What Kind of Country Is Tunisia
With its exotic culture, delicious local cuisine, friendly people and historical buildings, Tunisia is rich enough to satisfy those who love to see and explore different destinations.
Considered one of the most politically moderate countries in North Africa, Tunisia wonderfully balances traditional Islamic culture with modern life. Next to the ancient Medina, the cities have restaurants, cafes, bars, and they all have a really European feel.
What is Tunisian Currency
Tunisia uses the "Tunisian Dinar" as its currency.
The ISO 4217 code of the Tunisian Dinar is "TND".
As of September 2022, 1 US dollar is equal to 3.19 Tunisian Dinars at current exchange rates.
When to go to Tunisia
The north of Tunisia generally has a typical Mediterranean climate. The summers are hot and dry, and the winters are warm and rainy. The months between June and July are ideal travel times for the coastal regions for Tunisia, which receives a good share of the Mediterranean sun, just like Turkey and Egypt.
In the spring and autumn months, the tourist density is relatively less than in the summer. If you are going to the desert lands in the southern region, these are the best months. The Sahara has unbearable heat in summer and freezing cold at night in winter. Winter season is the lowest time in Tunisia and hotel prices are quite low between December and February.
Visa Policy of Tunisia
Tunisia does not require visas from many countries. Below is the picture showing Tunisia's visa policy.
If you are a citizen of a country where Tunisia does not require a visa, you fill out the visa form on the plane and give a copy to the controller. Don't lose what's left of you, or you'll have to refill it. Unfortunately, the queue can be long and slow, as the number of control officers is small and the friendly officers are prone to conversation.
What Language is Spoken in Tunisia
The official language of Tunisia is Arabic.
However, Tunisian Arabic and Berber languages called "Tounsi" or "Derja" are also spoken in Tunisia.
Although unofficial, French is also used in commercial relations, education and printed publications. French is also featured on many signs in the country.
Little Tips for Your Tunisia Travel
- Exchange your money at the reception of your hotel.
- If the children on the street want to give you something, don't take it, they will ask for the price of the things given as gifts.
- There may be treats in the stores, there is an expectation of shopping in return, be careful.
- Keep your valuables with you, do not leave them in the hotel room.
- Bargain. You can get almost anything you buy for half the price.
- If you are going to stay in areas close to the desert; Beware of creatures such as snakes and scorpions.
- Carry insect repellent and insect repellant with you.
- Get travel insurance.
- Do not drink the fountain waters, the charitable waters. Tunisians are used to it so it doesn't bother them, but it can touch you.
Tunisian Cuisine is a cuisine that has enriched its cuisine by taking couscous from the Berbers, olives and olive oil from the Romans, coffee and spices from the Arabs, and desserts with syrup from the Ottomans. The prominent traditional dishes in Tunisian cuisine are;
- Couscous: Usually served with meat, fish or vegetable sauteed sauce.
- Harissa: A paste prepared with hot pepper, tomato, spices and olive oil.
- Salade Mechouia: Fried vegetable salad, mostly peppers and sometimes sliced boiled eggs are added.
- Tajine: A spicy quiche served cold. There is a Moroccan dish of the same name, not to be confused with it.
- Brik: Tunisian version of Turkish pastry. It usually contains tuna, eggs, onions, parsley and is deep-fried.
- Merguez: A type of steak sauce. (very spicy)
- Filfil Mahshi: Pepper with steak and harissa.
- Lablabi: A chickpea soup in which garlic and cumin are mixed well.
- Marqa: A slow-cooked meat and vegetable stew with tomatoes and olives.
- Ojja: Scrambled eggs. It can also contain harissa, tomatoes, peppers and sometimes meat.
The most popular soft drink in Tunisia is mint tea. Traditional mint tea is served in authentic teapots and glasses in teahouses located all over the city. Boza is another beverage that is loved and consumed in Tunisia. Fresh fruit juices, lemonade and almond milk are also non-alcoholic options to drink in Tunisia. "Thibarine", which is a date liqueur mixed with cola, and hazelnut brandy called "Boukha" are among the alcoholic beverages that can be tried. Local beer brand Celtia also has a very tasty drink.
Tunisia comes to the fore from time to time with its quality wine production. In the geography that was home to the Romans, grape cultivation and wine production date back to ancient times. Haut Mornag, Magon and Sidi Saad are popular red wine brands. Thibar, Koudiat, Muscat de Kelibia and Blanc de Blanc are quite famous in white wine.
Transportation in Tunisia
Taxi and bus transportation makes your job easier during your journey in the country. For your long distance trips, you can choose daily tours. A mixed climate accompanies you on your trips under the influence of the humid and cool air from the Atlantic Ocean, the warm air of the Mediterranean and the dry and hot air from the Sahara.
In Tunis, the modern capital of Tunisia, tree-lined streets, modern buildings, crowded sidewalks and neighborhoods decorated with cafes have a truly European feel. In addition to this European character, it also makes you feel the Arabian breeze with its narrow streets, giant mosques and eye-catching palaces.
Souk el Attarine (Perfume Market), Souk de Etoffes (Hair Market), Souk des Tapis (Carpet Market), Souk des Orfevres (Jewellers' Bazaar), Souk de la Laine (Wool Market), Souk de Chechias (Hat Market) and Souk des Femmes (Women's Market) is among the bazaars that must be visited.
Medina Region is the oldest settlement in Tunisia. You will be impressed by the mosques, madrasahs and baths in the region. In addition, the bazaars in the region are the kind that will allow you to have a pleasant time even if you are not going to shop.
3. Bardo Museum
Located in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, the Bardo Museum deserves the title of "the largest mosaic museum in the world" with hundreds of magnificent mosaics, large and small, spread over dozens of halls. The biggest rival of the museum is Gaziantep Museum, where Zeugma Mosaics from Gaziantep (Turkey) are exhibited.
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The region, where you can witness the unique nature of Tunisia, has an atmosphere where you can get away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life and listen to yourself with its quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
It offers an extraordinary view with magnificent waterfalls reminiscent of an oasis, mysterious caves and date palm trees growing on stony hills. Hiking, cycling and jeep safari tours are organized in the region, which is mostly on the route of nature lovers.
The city, which is one of the important holiday resorts of Tunisia, resembles a hotel paradise with new hotels opened recently.
With its warm sea water, magnificent beaches and organizations that will satisfy water sports enthusiasts, it maintains its vitality throughout the year. In addition to having all-inclusive hotels, Hammamet also has a great city centre.
French is spoken as well as Arabic in Hammamet.
6. Sidi Bou Said
Tunisia's blue and white little paradise: Sidi Bou Said!
It is a blue and white little paradise located about 20 km north of the capital Tunis. Located on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Tunis, this beautiful and charming town combines traditional life with the modern world with its traditional white houses. Cafes, art galleries and souvenir sellers adorned with flowers serve the visitors in the streets of the city. Sidi Bou Said is a very convenient place to stay for a day trip and stay for those who want to visit Carthage.
Carthage is a place that is older than Tunisia and is located about half an hour from the city of Sidi Bou Said. Carthage with a history dating back to 800 BC was a Phoenician colony/city-state. It was the largest, richest and most powerful in the Mediterranean during the Carthaginian period, which means "Kart-hadasht" in Phoenician language, meaning "new city". Carthage, also known for its famous ruler "Hannibal", is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List due to its archaeological remains and historical importance.
8. Sahara Desert
There are tours from all over the country to the world's largest desert, the Sahara Desert, which is one of the must-see places for every visitor to Tunisia. Also known as the Eastern Sand Sea, the desert covers a very large part of Southern Tunisia.
You can best navigate the desert by jeep or camel, but you won't find the romance of a night in a traditional tent anywhere. Do not neglect to see Nefta, one of the most magnificent sand dunes.
Matmata, one of the oldest Berber settlements in the south of Tunisia, offers a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber life.
This place, which we come across in a movie of the Star Wars series, is not a set made for the movie, but a town where people have lived since the 5th century!
When film director George Lucas visited this place, he was so impressed that he shot part of the movie in this village. Matmata truly gives the impression of another planet, with its honeycomb granaries called Ghorfas and architecture from Berber times.
Located on the eastern coastline of the country, the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city, which used to have a military port, is famous for its golden beaches. It is both a very touristic holiday destination and has managed to be perfectly preserved. In the city, you can see exquisite examples of Arab-Muslim and Mediterranean architecture, including the Ftata Mosque.
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