Tunisia Travel Guide

Travel to Tunisia

Tunisia, the Green….!

It may be but a slim wedge of North Africa’s vast horizontal expanse, but Tunisia has enough history and diverse natural beauty to pack a country many times its size. With a balmy, sand-fringed Mediterranean coast, scented with jasmine and sea breezes, and where the fish on your plate is always fresh, Tunisia is prime territory for a straightforward sun-sand-and-sea holiday. But beyond the beaches, it’s a thrilling, underrated destination where distinct cultures and incredible extremes of landscape – forested coastlines along the coast, Saharan sand seas in the south – can be explored in just a few days.

Tunisia is historically an agricultural country, and agriculture now absorbs 22 percent of the labor force; about 20 percent of the country is farmland. Rain-fed agriculture dominates and concentrates on wheat, olives, and animal husbandry. Wheat is mostly used domestically, and Tunisia is a major world producer of olive oil. Animal husbandry for domestic consumption is significant, especially sheep and goats, but also cattle in the north and camels in the south. Citrus and other tree crops are produced both under rain-fed and irrigated conditions, and are often exported. About 6 percent of the arable land is irrigated and is used to grow the full range of crops, but perhaps is most typically used for vegetables and other garden crops. Dates are grown in irrigated oases. The long coastline orients Tunisians toward the sea and toward fishing. 
 
Sousse beaches are one of the most popular places for tourists, given the crystal clear blue waters and fine sand. Many of the beaches are places where families can enjoy a nice picnic. 

Main Boujaffar Beachfront: As you walk along the long stretch of white sand along Boujaffar Beach, you will also find high-rise hotel buildings alongside. Everyone here gets to enjoy the clear blue waters and white sand at this beach. This beach is a great place to enjoy a picnic with your children.

The Promenade: The Promenade has a long stretch of white sand and the beach is great for sunbathing.  It also has a great view and access to the clear blue sea where you can soak in, and not to mention, the nightlife that comes alive in the evening. You can have an extended beach party from morning to night at this beach.

Food and Cuisine…..!

Traditional Tunisian cuisine reflects local agriculture. It stresses wheat, in the form of bread or couscous, olives and olive oil, meat (above all, mutton), fruit, and vegetables. 
Couscous (semolina wheat prepared with a stew of meat and vegetables) is the national dish, and most people eat.

Tunisians near the coast eat a lot of seafood, and eggs are also common. Tunisians tend to eat in family groups at home, and restaurants are common in tourist areas and for travelers. In the countryside, tea is served in preference to the urban coffee. 

Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions. Sweet or colorful dishes symbolize religious holidays, usually in addition to couscous. 


Sousse; the Lively….!

Sousse is Tunisia’s liveliest town, full of the daily bustle of visitors, students and locals who fill the streets all day long.
The medina stands in the centre, cordoned off from the rest of town by high, medieval fortifications that look like a sandcastle cake.
Sousse also has one of the most attractive beaches, with sand so smooth and perfect you’ll enjoy just rolling around in its softness, though it might take you a while to get it out of every crevice later.

  

Attractions in Sousse…..!

Museum Dar Essid: This small, private museum is also not to be missed. In a quiet part of the medina, it occupies a beautiful old home, furnished in the style of a well-to-do 19th-century Sousse official and his family. 
 
Great Mosque: The Great Mosque is a typically austere “Aghlabid” affair. It was built, according to a Kufic (early Arabic) inscription in the courtyard.
 
Sousse Archaeological Museum: Sousse's excellent archaeological museum occupies the southern section of the old kasbah.
 
Catacombs: The catacombs include an estimated 5.5km of tunnels containing the graves of more than 15,000 local Christians, mostly from the 4th and 5th centuries AD.
 
Kalat el-Koubba: The Koubba was an ancient “inn” and the rooms surrounding the courtyard are now given over to mannequin displays of day-to-day life under the Ottomans. 
 
Boujaffar Beach: Sousse's Boujaffar Beach, with its multi-kilometer stretch of high-rise hotels, cafés and restaurants, is the city's landmark. 
 
Souq er-Ribba: This souq (market) is the closest Sousse comes to a medieval bazaar. The roof is unmistakably modern, yet the sales-pitch beneath it is age-old. The place is a riot of colour, packed with haggling merchants.
 
Kasbah Tower: Standing at the high point of the medina, the kasbah was built onto the city walls in the 11th century. It's now a lighthouse.  
 
Sofra Cistern: This great underground cistern, once the medina's principle water supply, was created in the 11th century by enclosing a large Byzantine church. 
 
Zaouia Zakkak: The splendid octagonal stone minaret belongs to the 17th-century Zaouia Zakkak, the medina's leading example of Ottoman architecture.