Tunisia - Featured Destinations
Tunisia Map and Guide
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Tunisia (Arabic: تونس Tūnis) lies between Algeria and Libya on the northern coast of Africa. Tunis has a long coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, opposite Italy. The country has a population of about 10.5 million and the capital city is Tunis.
Tunis has a very rich history, being settled by Berbers and the Phoenicians in the 10th century BC. The city of Carthage founded in the 9th century BC, and rose to become the dominant power around the Mediterranean by the 5th century BC. Carthage was eventually conquered by Rome during the Punic Wars, but not before Hanibal lead his famous attack on Rome during the Second Punic War. After Rome, between the 5th and 8th centuries AD, Tunisia was occupied by the Vandals and the Byzantine Empire. In the 8th century, the country came under the control of Arab Muslims, and has remained a Muslim country since then.
These various occupations have left their mark on the history, culture, architecture and archaeology of the country. Tunisia is a fascinating country to visit, a contrast of the ancient and modern, a mixture of cuisines with a large number of ancient sites worth visiting as well as numerous beach resorts along the coast.
Tunisia - Popular Attractions Below are some of the most popular
places within Tunisia, and some of the most important ancient sights:
- Carthage - within easy access of Tunis, Carthage is one of the oldest settlements in Tunisia, razed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC, full of Roman sites and remains of an amphitheatre.
- Djerba (Jerba, Jarbah or Girba, جربة) - Island in the Gulf of Gabes, a popular tourist destination with holiday beach resorts and water sports.
- Dougga (Thugga, دقة) - UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best-preserved Roman small town in North Africa.
- Douz (Dūz, دوز) - village on the edge of the Sahara desert, popular with tourists for desert treks by camel, motorcycle, or four-wheel-drive vehicle.
- El Jem (قصر الجمّ) - this town in the town in Mahdia Governorate contains some impressive Roman remains, including the best preserved amphitheatre on earth.
- Jugurtha's Table - a large, flat topped mesa with a moon like surface and deep crevasses in the northwest of the country near Algeria. Used by Jugurtha as a fortress when fighting the Romans between 112 to 105 BC .
- Kerkouane (Kerkuane, كركوان) - remains of this Punic city in northeastern Tunisia, near Cape Bon with ruins dating back to the 4th century BC.
- Matmata (Matmâta) - desert village of underground 'troglodyte' cave dwellings made famous by the Star Wars's film as the location for Tatooine location filming and now a popular tourist destination.
- Metlaoui - famous for the Red Lizard, one of the most exotic train journeys on earth with a vintage train snaking through scenic Seldja Gorge and hills.
- Port El Kantaoui - suburb north of Sousse, which has become a popular beach resort.
- Sidi Bou Said (سيدي بو سعيد) - 20km north of Tunis, cosatal town famous for picturesque blue doors and whitewashed buildings.
- Skanes - small and quiet resort midway between Sousse and Monastir.
- Sbeitla (Sufetula, سبيطلة) - a fairly well preserved Roman settlement in the mid-west area of Tunisia.
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