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Tunisia

Tunisia holidays

Introduction

Tunisia, despite its recent turbulence, remains an enticing destination, full of history and natural beauty.

The capital Tunis is a modern Arab capital that retains its Ottoman and colonial past for all to see. Day-trippers drop by from the coastal resorts to explore the old medina, visit the Bardo Museum to see the world's best collection of Roman mosaics and barter in the souks; stay overnight though for a full introduction to this hugely atmospheric city.

Carthage, the centre of the maritime Punic Empire and later the capital of the Roman Province of Africa, is rich in heritage and beauty.

The Mediterranean coast is a prime spot for straightforward beach holidays in Tunisia or all-inclusive Tunisia holidays. The southern shoreline of Cap Bon just south of the capital has some very fine sand beaches and a number of resort towns including Hammamet. The island of Djerba also has a range of sandy beaches; the town of Houmt Souq is the place to stay, in one of the converted merchant inns here.

In the north lie lakes filled with flocks of flamingos and forests that are almost Andalusian in nature. In the south stands the Sahara; head to Ksar Ghilane to spot the shifting sands and enormous undulating dunes.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
3 hours

Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Tunisian dinar (TD) = 1,000 millimes

Language
Arabic

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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