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What to see in Tunisia

Amphitheatre of El Jem

Amphitheatre of El Jem

The impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators, are found in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome.

Medina of Tunis

Medina of Tunis

Under the Almohads and the Hafsids, from the 12th to the 16th century, Tunis was considered one of the greatest and wealthiest cities in the Islamic world. Some 700 monuments, including palaces, mosques, mausoleums, madrasas and fountains, testify to this remarkable past.

Site of Carthage
District of Tunis

Site of Carthage

Carthage was founded in the 9th century B.C. on the Gulf of Tunis. From the 6th century onwards, it developed into a great trading empire covering much of the Mediterranean and was home to a brilliant civilization. In the course of the long Punic wars, Carthage occupied territories belonging to Rome, which finally destroyed its rival in 146 B.C. A second – Roman – Carthage was then established on the ruins of the first.

Dougga / Thugga
Gouvernat de Beja

Dougga / Thugga

Before the Roman annexation of Numidia, the town of Thugga, built on an elevated site overlooking a fertile plain, was the capital of an important Libyco-Punic state. It flourished under Roman and Byzantine rule, but declined in the Islamic period. The impressive ruins that are visible today give some idea of the resources of a small Roman town on the fringes of the empire.

Tunisia Holidays

Tunisia is located in the Atlas region in North Africa, whose landscape has been the backdrop for a number of Hollywood blockbusters. From vast mountain ranges in the north of the country to the Sahara desert to the south, the country's varied landscape offers the opportunity for a wide range of activities whilst on holiday to Tunisia. advises that “Tunisia's ancient history and culture adds to its exotic appeal” and there is plenty to see and do while you’re there:

Visit Historic Tunis

The Tunisian capital offers tourists a mix of ancient culture and a cosmopolitan lifestyle, with a number of resorts offering tourists the chance to relax in the sunny North African climate. The city has a number of monuments to explore, as well as the Medina of Tunis – where you can find a variety of traditional souks to explore, but be prepared to haggle if you want to find a bargain.

Relax By The Beach

The coastal resorts of Tunisia are popular with tourists who are looking to escape to the Mediterranean sun, Tunisia holidays are a popular draw for those who are looking to explore ancient history. There are many resorts along the coast to the north – including many within easy reach of the capital Tunis – which also houses the Lake of Tunis.

Carthage & Dougga

The ruins of the ancient regions of Carthage and Dougga are a popular draw for tourists to the capital Tunis. These UNESCO recognised World Heritage Sites are located on the shore of Lake Tunis, and provides an insight into life during ancient times through a variety of artefacts and relics – many of which can be viewed in a number of museums in the centre of Tunis.

Embark On Desert Tours

The Sahara Desert covers most of the south of the country, and there are a wide range of tours that allow you to explore the Sahara. Whether you want to tour the desert on the back of a camel, or explore the landscape from the safety of a jeep there are plenty of tours to choose from. Some tours will allow you the chance to visit some landmarks and villages that have featured in Hollywood blockbusters such as The English Patient, as well as the world famous Star Wars films.

So whether you’re looking to relax by the beach, explore the Sahara or pay a visit to villages that have been included in Hollywood films, Tunisia is certainly a destination to consider on your trip to North Africa.


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