Exotic sights, beautiful beaches and hot sun make Tunisia feel a million miles away from the UK, yet it's only a three or four hour flight. Due to its position in the Med, Tunisia has been fought over for hundreds of years and shows a fascinating mixture of influences from the Romans, the Arabs, the Ottoman Turks and the French.
Known as a classic sun-and-sea holiday destination, Tunisia’s attractions are surprisingly diverse: in the north you'll find lakes full of pink flamingos alongside olive and citrus groves, whilst the south offers the endless Saharan sands and the nomadic Berber tribes.
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For a more adventurous time, head to the Sahara where you can try sandboarding, visit the Star Wars set or travel by camel to a tented village and stay the night. Camping out under the stars really must be experienced - the visibility is truly breathtaking.
For a country that is about the size of England and Wales, Tunisia offers a huge amount to tourists. There are few places to stay outside of the larger resorts, but it's easy to travel and you'll be warmly welcomed wherever you go, so don't be afraid to explore .
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Town of Sousse
Just south of the airport is the town of Sousse, one of the older towns in the country. Sousse is home to a beautiful medina – the old, walled part of the city – which has recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can spend hours wandering the city walls or losing yourself in the medina.
Most of the medina is given over to the market: a narrow jumble of lanes stuffed to the gills with traders selling everything under the sun, from a cows head to a pair of Converse, and there are also some excellent restaurants and an impressive archaeological museum.
For a truly authentic Tunisian experience seek out one of the medina's hammams and prepare to be scrubbed and rubbed to within an inch of your life. We recommend splashing out on a more upmarket hammam for a more luxurious experience, complete with scented oils and traditional refreshments.
Further south is El Jem, a very small town home to a huge, impressive Roman amphitheatre. This 3rd century monument is the largest of its kind in North Africa and is remarkably intact - scenes from the film Gladiator were filmed here. You can also visit the Mosaic Museum and see some very elaborate mosaics found here.
Further south again is Sfax, from which you can access the Kerkennah Islands. Barely higher than sea level, these islands should be visited by those looking for rest and relaxation, as the main pass times include swimming, sunbathing and watching the fishermen at work whilst sipping on refreshing mint tea.
10 facts about Tunisia
Tunisia is officially known as the Tunisian Republic. Tunis is the capital city, where over a quarter of the total Tunisian population reside.
The highest point in Tunisia is Jebel ech Chambi which stretches to 1,544m. The mountain is surrounded by the beautiful Chambi Mountain National Park.
Tunisia became independent from France in 1956 under President Habib Bourguiba, a year after Morocco also gained independence from France.
Medjerda River is the longest river in Tunisia at 450 kilometres long. Flowing from Algeria, it empties into the Gulf of Tunis and the Lake of Tunis.
Tunisia’s national dish is couscous. These steamed grains of semolina are served with meat or fish and vegetables in a tomato sauce.
Order a tagine in Tunisia and you may not get what you expect. It’s a type of a pie, made from eggs, meat and vegetables,almost like a frittata.
Four of the Star Wars movies were partially filmed in southern Tunisia. You can even stay in Luke Skywalker's home, which is now a hotel.
Tunisia's 2011 mass uprising gave rise to the Arab Spring, which toppled leaders and promoted democracy across the Arabic-speaking region of North Africa and the Middle East.
Tunis is the only Tunisian area that has a tube service. Everywhere else relies on coaches, buses and taxis.
The official language of Tunisia is Arabic, though French is also widely used. The main religion of Tunisia is Muslim, so modest clothing is a must when leaving your resort.