Five places to see on a trip to Tunisia

If the surf travel blogs and social networks you encounter repeatedly have references, all positive, towards a particular destination, you may have to interpret it as a sign for which to choose as your next vacation spot. This is what happened to me in recent days with Tunisia and several appear to be the reasons to believe in the possibility of traveling soon to the smallest country in the Maghreb. The first positive points are won for its proximity to Spain: 2 hour flight from Madrid and 2 hours from Barcelona. So if you live in Spain or are connecting flights, you can find last minute flights to Tunisia easily. Then there’s the 1,300 kilometers of coastline added. If you prefer to go inside, there’s historical and cultural legacy if you do not settle for anything that nature provides.

On the official website of Tourism of Tunisia, you’ll find several destinations, each more interesting, but if I could go soon, I think I would choose these 5 places, some of them very touristy, but others almost unknown to most visitors:

1. Tunisia’s capital

Older than Carthage, it became the second city after the Arab conquest and became the capital of Tunis in 1160. The French conquest (1881) transformed it into a modern city of European-style, however, without detract, I would rather spend more time on the Medina, the traditional city considered the most beautiful of all the countries in the Maghreb as it’s been a World Heritage Site since 1979.

Tunisia

Tunisia

The heart of the Medina is the Jamma Mosque ez Sitouna (732), the largest of the Tunisian Republic and, therefore, an important religious center. I suppose some will inevitably go to the souks, where merchant and artisan lanes are installed, as guilds of trades.

2. Hammamet

Maybe the Tunisian tourist destination that receives the most visitors, attracted largely by white sandy beaches. However, Hammamet, city of jasmine, has a wide range of attractions that lead me to include it in this selection.

3. Djerba

This island southeast of Tunisia seems like the perfect place to unwind. In addition to its beautiful beaches, it is distinguished for its palm groves and menzels (small white domed houses). Erriadh, the oldest Jewish quarter of Djerba, is home to a synagogue that houses one of the oldest Torahs (holy book) in the world and attracts thousands of Jews around the world who come here on pilgrimage. In the month of July the Festival of Ulysses is also celebrated here, dedicated to international cinema.

Antonine Baths

Antonine Baths

4. Tabarka

Did you think Tunisia is a beach and desert? Cork oak forests and olive groves and fields of beans appear in the landscape because of Tabarka, but it is also close to the coast. This little known region, marked by eroded cliffs that form Cape Blanc, the northernmost point of the African continent, is full of surprises: the Ichkeul Lake – National Park and observatory for bird lovers; Jazz Festivals, World Music and Latin Music – for music lovers – and the typical city streets surrounding the Genoese fort guarding the coast from the XV century.

5. Nefta

They say Nefta oasis is one of the most beautiful and great in the country thanks to its palm groves. The Romans called it Aggase Nepte and after being destroyed in the eleventh century, it was built on the ashes to reach its greatest moment of glory five centuries later. More than 20 mosques warn us that this is the holy city of Jerid and second religious center of Tunisia, but for non-Muslims perhaps the biggest attraction resides in Corbeille, an ecological park where the well reached 152 sources to irrigate the palm grove.

After this virtual tour of the 5 locations in the country that caught my attention, I think you should start seriously thinking about the possibility of traveling to Tunisia soon. The summer might be a good time to find a destination.

Tunisia photos: nene9, Dennis Jarvis.

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