Places to visit in Tunisia

BIZERTE

Port of Sea to the rich historical past, Bizerte has all the charm of a small traditional and welcoming town. A visit to its old port, its canal banks, its marina "nautical sport Boat", its oceanographic museum and its daily market.

BULLA REGIA

In 46 before J. C and after the defeat of King Numidian Juba 1, the kingdom was annexed by Rome which organized it into a new province and received the privileged status of Oppidum Liberum, which allowed it to preserve its territory, its traditions and its political organization. The Bulla Regia site is still for three-quarters underground; Only a part of the city has been cleared.

CHENINI

Chenini is a village cave Berber from the south of Tunisia. It is overlooked by a ksar citadel, or Qal'a, perched on a mound about 500 meters above sea level. It is a place of storage of food reserves and valuable goods which also served as refuge in the event of an attack. Its white minaret used to serve as a landmark for the caravan.

DJERBA

An island whose past is lost at the bottom of the ages, with a remarkable coastline that gives the coast an air bask, Djerba offers a seaside setting with varied activities where everyone draws upon his will, sports, relaxation and discovery. Djerba amazes the visitor with its sweetness and its paradise decor. The island that charmed the legendary Ulysses was punished before being Roman.

DJERBA: GUELLALA

To the southwest of the island lies Guellala, the village of Potters. All its inhabitants indulge in this ancestral handicraft. Vases, gargoulettes, jugs litter the ground, along the single street. Some are of clay color, others are of a glowing whiteness.

DJERBA: LA GHRIBA

On the southern outskirts of Houmt Souk (capital of the island) lies La Ghriba, a Jewish Temple of the life century BC. This is the second highest place of Judaism in the world. It is also a place of pilgrimage.

DJERBA: EXPLORE PARK

Djerba Explore Park is a village and a park dedicated to the heritage and culture of the island, to Islamic art and ... Crocodiles.

DOUGGA

Dougga of its ancient name Thugga, is the most majestic site of Tunisia and the best preserved of the Maghreb. Its ruins are situated on a hill at 600 m above sea level and spread over 25 hectares in a fertile area, from the Tunisian north. There is a refined architecture and an elaborate urban planning with amphitheatre, Capitol, Forum, thermal baths, mausoleums, temples, luxurious mansions and water system. All these vestiges reflect a history that bears the imprint of the Numidian, Punic and Roman civilizations.

DOUIRET

A village located in the south-east of Tunisia. The old village of Douiret is made up of troglodyte dwellings dug in the mountain whose rocky Summit bears the Ksar (Citadel) in ruins. A historical site that had once sheltered a rural mountain society with Berber traditions. Its ksours, its dwellings in caves and Ghurfas, as well as its desert landscape of mountains offers a seductive charm, an immensity of calmness, and a grandiose panorama.

DOUZ

This small town on the southeast shore of Chott el Djerid, is the land of the Bedouins. Since antiquity their main activity is based on the cultivation of date palms, the breeding of camels and méharis. Its main resource is the date palm tree culture. Its oasis are splendid and its souk (every Thursday) is very beautiful.

EL JEM

The Colosseum, the largest ruin of the Maghreb, was never used for anything, not even at the games for which it was made: the vandals arrived too quickly, then the Arabs, then the Hilalians. The amphitheatre was never finished. Transformed by the Byzantines into a fortress, it served too long and too often a career for the local people. Its museum is a group of beautiful mosaics.

GRAND TUNIS: BARDO MUSEUM

The Bardo Museum has the world's largest collection of ancient mosaics and artifacts ranging from Tunisian prehistory to the early twentieth century. It is considered, with that of Cairo, to be the richest of the African continent and remains the first in the world for its ancient mosaics.

GRAND TUNIS: CARTHAGE

Carthage was founded by the Phoenicians from Tyre in 814 B.C. It became a rival of Rome for the domination of the Western Mediterranean in the 4th century B.C. A series of three conflicts between the two powers, the Punic Wars, began in the 3rd century B.C. and ended with the victory of Rome and the destruction of Carthage. According to legend, it would be Queen Elyssa Dido, sister of the king of Tyre Pygmalion, who founded the city, with the help of a few settlers and warriors, in the middle of the 8th century (in 814 BC).

GRAND TUNIS: MEDINA

Classified as UNESCO's international Heritage in 1981, the picturesque Medina was built in the 7th century. A view of the Ezzeitouna Mosque, the Youssef Dey Mosque, the first Ottoman mosque built in 1616, the Tourbet el-Bey mausoleum, the Centre d'art et traditions populaires in Dar Ben Abdallah, the Souk el-Attarine, Perfume market, the souk el-Berka, specialising in jewellery, the Souk Essakajine, specialising in leather goods, the souk El Blat, known for medicinal plants, souk el Leffa : Traditional carpets and clothes.

GRAND TUNIS: SIDI BOU SAID

It is an admirable point of view, from which one can contemplate, without ever getting bored, one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Sidi Bou Saïd, it is above all a peculiar atmosphere, a certain nonchalantness that charmed, spellbound, captivated writers, painters and musicians from all over the world ... A slow outside rhythm, a sign of a more intense inner life.

HAOUARIA

The caves of Haouaria are quarries of Pierre Sandstone, exploited from the Punic Times to the 7th and 6th centuries B.C., but more intensely in Roman times. In antiquity, this stone entered the construction of the coastal towns and their main monuments, in particular the capital: Carthage.

ICHKEUL PARK

The Ichkeul Lake and the mount of the same name are listed as a natural park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This nature reserve consists of birds, some of which belong to very rare species, raptors, buffaloes, jackals and others.

 

KAIROUAN

Fascinating, welcoming, secret, Kairouan is one of the jewels of Tunisian heritage. The ancient capital of the emirs Aghlabids, nestled far from the coastline in an austere region of steppes, is rich with historical memories and remarkable monuments. Kairouan is known for are carpet crafts. It is the women who realize them either at home or in small workshops. The carpet of Kairouan is a reference, in the matter.

KELIBIA

The beaches of Kelibia have the whitest and most fine sand in Tunisia. The majestic Kelibia fort dominates the city, the harbor and the beaches of El Mansourah. Built by the Byzantines in life, it was partially remodelled by the Spaniards and the Turks. His visit is worth the trip. We will enjoy a panoramic view and relax at the Café de la Fortress.

KSAR GHILANE

Ksar Ghilane is a small oasis located in the south of Tunisia, on the edge of the Oriental Erg. The Oasis of date palms is irrigated by a source of hot water where one can bathe, summer and winter. At the edge of the oasis lie the sand dunes at a loss of sight. We can visit the Roman fort, which was also used as a prison by the French Army. Ksar Ghilane is unforgettable, one is seized by a sensation of wellbeing as soon as one puts the feet there and yet there is not much except the sand and the silence ... And that may be the charm of the desert.

KSAR OULED DEBBAB

These are vaulted houses in adobe dating from the 15th century. This is Ksar ouled David, 15 minutes southwest of the city of Tataouine in Tunisia. The houses were built in a similar but generally larger alignment, and called Ghurfas or cereal granaries. The whole complex was a fortified village with one and only entrance.

KSAR OULED SOLTANE

Ksar Ouled Soltane, located in the southeast of Tataouine, is one of the most outstanding ksour in Tunisia. This ksar offers the peculiarity of having a second courtyard, dating from the nineteenth century, which extends the first built in the fifteenth century. It thus has the record number of 400 storage cells of food reserves, called Ghurfas, which are spread over four or five levels.

 

LE KEF

Cirta, its ancient name, was, from the time Numidian a temple city and a pilgrimage center. In the Byzantine era the city was endowed with religious buildings and fortifications that make it one of the most important places in the country. The city is famous for its Qalaâ (fortress), its Medina, its Basilica of St. Peter and its mausoleum Sidi Bou-Makhlouf.

MAHDIA

Mahdia, quoted from the glorious past, was the first capital of the Fatimids Caliphs in the tenth century is built on a thin peninsula with a rock-flower. It draws all its charm from its sapphire-coloured sea, its superb beaches, its medina and its small traditional town, the city of fishermen and silk weavers.

MATMATA

The name Matmata is that of a Berber tribe from Morocco, descending from the Temzit. Besides the calm that reigns there and the splendid view on the plateau of the same name, Matmata is known for its troglodytes. Following the invasion of Hilalian, a tribe coming from Upper Egypt, warlike and shaving everything in its path, the inhabitants refuge in the mountains and founded the present-day Matmata. They are dwellings dug in the mountains. You will find everything you need: living room, rooms, kitchen, bathroom.

METLAOUI

The "Red lizard" train was built in France at the beginning of the twentieth century (between 1911 and 1926) following the order of the railway company Bône-Guelma, then it was offered to the Bey of Tunis for his travels. The cars are not alike and remain communicative during the journey, allowing travelers to admire the view from several places on the train. This legendary train furrows the mountains and rushes through the tunnels to discover the sights as beautiful on one side as on the other.

MONASTIR

A small town with a rich historical past, where beautiful ancient monuments are now integrated into a resolutely modern urbanism, Monastir has many advantages to seduce. To visit its Medina, its ribat (fortress) of the 8th century and the mausoleum of former President Bourguiba.

NABEUL

City of potters, oranges and bougainvilleas. Pottery was practised in Nabeul since the Romans, perhaps even since the Punic period ... Potters manufacture glazed and porous pottery. This craft is very creative. Its production is diversified. New forms are regularly invented, new objects are born. Nabeul is also known for its fine sandy beaches.

NEFTA & OUNG JEMAL

Nefta is the most charming oasis. It is the ancient Aggasel Nepte of the Romans. It is not by chance that this place has inspired a large number of filmmakers: "The English Patient" shot partly in his streets and the famous "Stars War" whose sequences were shot in the near desert (Oung Jemal). The most famous place in Nefta is its sumptuous basket ...

SBEITLA

Myth and history have ensured the fame of Sufetula. Today Sbeitla, is one of the "golden Cities" of Romano-Byzantine Africa. A triumphal arch was built at the eastern entrance of the city, and stands still, judicial and commercial, the latter is dominated by the three temples of the Capitol, the religious centre of the city. To discover the buildings still visible: houses, forum, temples, baths, triumphal gate, theatre, etc.

SFAX

Sfax is located in the centre of Tunisia, on the Mediterranean coast, it is the second largest city of Tunisia after Tunis. Sfax is enjoying its prosperity thanks to the production of olive oil, the exploitation of fishery products and oil. To visit the Medina, Bab Diwan, the Great Mosque of the Medina, the souks and the Kasbah.

SOUSSE

The third city of the country, Sousse, the "Pearl of the Sahel", is very old. Founded by the Phoenicians, Hadrumetum quickly climbed to the third place in the Punic cities, after Carthage and Utica. To visit its Medina, its ribat, the catacombs, the Kasbah, etc. The Marina El Kantaoui is built in an Arab-Andalusian architectural style, with alleys, vaults, small squares, nested houses, shops, restaurants and cafes.

TABARKA

Tabarka has been known since ancient times. It was a Phoenician counter under the name of Thrabaca. It was under Roman domination that it flourished thanks to the export of marble, cork, cereals, olive oil and mining products. In the sixteenth century, Charles Quint gave the city to the Genoese who built a fort there. They developed the fishing and the work of the coral.

TAMEGHZA - CHEBIKA - MIDES

Tameghza has a beautiful oasis along a canyon. Clear water sources come out of the mountain and pour into the canyon, forming waterfalls. It is a nice place to cool off and walk barefoot along the river. Chebika is a Berber village, clinging to the mountain, was once a Roman defensive post on the Tebessa axis.

TATAOUINE

Tataouine (also called Foum Tataouine) is one of the most picturesque cities in the south of Tunisia. Surrounded by mountains from where the ksours, fortresses formerly used to shelter from invaders, essential foodstuffs such as cereals, olive oil, dry vegetables ... she saw trade between the many villages around her. Its souk on Monday and Thursday is one of the most picturesque in Tunisia.

TOUJANE

The village of Toujane, overlooked by the ruins of a Ksar, is inhabited by Berbers. This village consists of dry stone houses whose numerous terraces offer a breathtaking panorama on the plain that stretches towards the sea. In Toujane, women weave beautiful kilims.

TOZEUR

Tozeur, the Pearl and the capital of Djerid, is located in the heart of one of the most famous oases in the world. It is the old Thusuros, one of the positions that were on the Roman route from Biskra to Gabes. Tozeur was a kind of desert port, an active centre of the Saharan caravan trade. Its solid clay brick-based architecture is typical of the Djérid region. A visit to his Medina, the Dar Cherait Museum and the Parc Chak Wak (3000 years of history).

YASMINE HAMMAMET

A flower, a site. The flower is Jasmine. Jasmine is the flower of cheerfulness and the joy of living. In bouquet, it symbolizes welcome and hospitality. The site is Hammamet and Hammamet is a dream. It's the dream. It's the charm and the relaxation. It's the friendliness. The image becomes reality south of Hammamet: it's Yasmine Hammamet. It is also a marina with a pleasure port of 740 rings, a medina with its ramparts, its souks, its traditional habitat and its theme park, a casino, thalassotherapy centers, an esplanade with its shopping galleries, green spaces, animation centers ...