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Tunisia sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

The best way to get acquainted with culture of Tunisia is to make excursions to its largest cities. In every of them travelers will find various surprises and entertainment. The city of Carthage is well-known as historic centre of the country. Founded in the beginning of the 9th century, Carthage was destroyed and then restored several times. The city reached its peak level of prosperity during the reign of the Roman Empire, so there's no wonder why the most famous landmarks in the city belong to the Roman period - the Amphitheater, the Capitol, the Baths of Antoninus and many ancient temples - these landmarks are considered the most famous architectural sites of Tunisia. There is also the Lavigerie Museum in Carthage, where visitors will see a grandiose collection of various precious items.
The capital of the country, Tunis, is also home to magnificent architectural places of interest that belong to the 16th - 18th centuries: the Grand Mosque, Dar Ben Abdallah and Dar el Bey palaces, and the Mausoleum of Aziza Othmana. The city is famous for its spacious bazaars, where guests can not only buy interesting items and souvenirs, but also see performances of local musicians and dancers. When describing cultural places of attraction in the city, we cannot fail to mention Bardo Museum that exhibits a rare collection of Roman mosaics. Don't forget to visit the city of Dougga - this ancient city has become a major tourist attraction thanks to numerous buildings of the Roman Empire period. Theatre remains the most spectacular landmark of the area. According to calculations of archaeologists, the theatre could sit as many as three thousand viewers. The Mausoleum of Atban and Capitol are located not far away. These buildings were constructed in the 2nd - 3rd centuries.
Utica was the first city colonized by the Phoenicians. This happened around the 9th century BC. Nowadays, thousands of travellers arrive to Utica see the ruins of colonial buildings and ancient Phoenician cemeteries. Hammamet is another popular destination rich in entertainment and cultural landmarks. Guests of the city are welcome to attend The International Cultural Center, several theatres and museums. During a walk on beautiful streets of the city you will see many beautiful mosques on your way, with the Grand Mosque being the oldest one. It was constructed yet in the 13th century. Fans of nature landmarks and eco-friendly rest are recommended to visit the city of Tozeur that is famous for its magnificent parks and interesting museums. The names of local museums sound really original - the Museum of 1001 Nights, the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions (Musée Dar Cheraït) - and their exhibitions are no less interesting. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Travelers with kids are recommended to visit the local zoo where they will see exotic birds and animals. Those tourists, who prefer active rest, will find much fun in Tabarka as this city is famous for its large sports centers.
Djerba

History and Entertainment

The modern country started to be established in the 11th century BC when the Phoenicians formed the city of Carthage. Throughout hundreds of years, it had been one of the largest cities in the northern part of Africa. After the fall of the Phoenicians, it captured many adjacent colonies. In the 3rd century BC, Carthage was one of the biggest countries on the Mediterranean coast. Only the Roman Empire was able to strike it down. In 146, Carthage fell before the Romans who formed a large colony in its territory.
After the division of the Roman Empire in late 5th century, a small kingdom was formed at the site of this colony. Later, it was conquered by Byzantium. An important milestone for the country was the times of the Arab conquest and the Ottoman Empire’s reign. In late 19th century, Tunisia became a French colony. Tunisia gained independence from France and a republic status in 1956.
Djerba The most attractive peculiarities of the country are fabulous beaches, multiple thalassotherapy and spa centers, colorful markets with many interesting national products and restaurants where you can taste a lot of unique fish dishes. Local thalassotherapy centers are famous all around the world not accidentally. Special procedures with the use of seawater and muds are carried out here. There are all conditions for you to combine the care for your health and typical recreation at the resort. One of the most popular health resorts is Sousse. There are also the best wellness and spa centers in the country.
On 25 July, local residents annually celebrate an important holiday, the Republic Day. It always goes hand in hand with magnificent national festivities. On the festive day, there are theatrical and musical performances in the afternoon and fairs and firework shows in the evening. During public holidays, it is very interesting to visit large cities of the country where you can witness especially significant and interesting celebrations.
Tunisia is very popular with shopping enthusiasts. Most of the colorful markets and stores with national products are located in Hammamet. Accessories with natural pearls and corals are very popular with tourists. They are not expensive in local gift shops. Wealthy tourists should certainly pay their attention to hand-made carpets and luxurious clothes of natural silk.
Reference information
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National and city parks of Tunisia
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Famous and uniques places in Tunisia from our review series

Kebili

From the series “The hottest places in the world”
Oases are usually considered lifesaving beacons in the desert, as they save you from sweltering heat. Contrary to popular belief, Kebili Oasis in Tunisia is among the hottest places on the planet. Despite the presence of lush trees and relative shade, the temperature here often rises to 55°C, which is pretty impressive even by African standards.

Oasis Kebili is inhabited; its indigenous people have long been accustomed to hard climate and can’t imagine their life elsewhere. As it was found by scientist, the first settlements on the territory of the oasis have appeared thousands of years ago. Modern scientists were able to find an explanation for the current natural anomaly. Picturesque Kebili is on way of the sirocco wind that originates in the heart of the Sahara and moves the hot … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Tunisia

Hammamet
Near the zoo, there is a dolphinarium that is also very popular with tourists. Every day, it holds fiery shows with sea bears and dolphins. The youngest visitors of the dolphinarium have an opportunity to take part in such a show. After the show, the guests can swim with dolphins in the pool and take memorable pictures. Another interesting attraction is the amusement park called Carthage Land that will certainly impress both children and adults. The park is distinguished not only by a … Read more
Sousse
The most popular attraction for nightly visits is El Kantaoui dancing waters. Every night, guests of Sousse can enjoy an enchanting light and music show. A beautiful park is found nearby. You can also visit popular restaurants and cafes. The fountain attracts a huge number of people. It is better to take a place near the fountain in advance to take nice pictures and admire the sight. Several ancient defensive structures have survived in and around the city. Kasbah fortress is one of them. It … Read more
Tunis
The majority of historic buildings here are also significant religious landmarks. Among the most notable places of interest of the region are the Great Mosque and Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum, which were built in the 10th century. Like the majority of ancient religious buildings, they are distinguished by luxurious design and elegant interior. Here visitors will see beautiful frescoes and mosaics, as well as rich colored marble decoration. Such old places as Dar Ben Abdallah and Dar el-Bey will be … Read more
Monastir
The Ribam Fortress located on the coast is the largest and oldest in North Africa. It was built in the 8th century and initially occupied a very small area. With each century, the scale of the defensive structure became more extensive. Now the area of ​​the fortress is more than 4,000 square meters. Many famous warriors are buried on its territory, and several religious shrines are in the fortress. In the fortress, there is a prayer room, next to which is now equipped with a small museum … Read more
Djerba Island
Adherents of a healthy lifestyle will like handmade leather items. They will be pleased with a variety of handbags, wallets, belts, leather shoes and slippers, and many other items in the national style. Dolls dressed in colorful national costumes are also charming and popular souvenirs. Females simply cannot fail to buy gorgeous silver jewelry with precious and semiprecious stones. Affordable prices in local shops will make it virtually impossible to resist buying something. The town of … Read more

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