What not to Miss on a Tour or Vacation in Tunisia

by : Stuart Cheese

In my capacity as the UK Director of Operations for One World Tours Limited, I am often asked about the destinations I have been to and the best places to visit, so with this in mind I will endeavour to give a good opinion on those. Here then, are my top suggestions for sites to visit during your holiday in Tunisia.
Tunisia for the most part is mainly dry, however in the north of the country there are many forests making the landscape fertile and lush. Sandy deserts dominate the south of the country whilst inland it is stony desert. Tunisia has some beautiful mountains situated in the north-west whilst winter lakes give the country a certain presence. All of this is complimented by spectacular white, sandy Mediterranean beaches which cover a distance of over 800 miles of coast and historical treasures such as the second century Roman temple in Dougga, the Phoenician port of Utica, Sbeitla's Roman temples and arches, Bulla Regia's Roman villas and El Jem's Coliseum, entice many thousands of tourists from across the globe every year. Tunisia's Sahara offers an international golf course which is beautifully situated under Tozeur's palm groves.
Douz, located in central Tunisia draws the visitor by saying it's the gateway to the Sahara Desert. A place of interest is the Palmeraie oasis, a natural oasis with thousands of palm trees.If you wish to spend a night or longer under the stars, ride a camel through the desert, or try you hand at sand duning, Douz is the place to do it from.
In Douz itself, there are many vibrant markets to explore in the town square, a feast for the senses.
All cities in Tunisia have a "Great Mosque," but the Great Mosque of Kairouan is considered the most important of all and is commonly regarded as the fourth holiest site in Islam.The exterior is the Aghlabid design, but on entering the mosque you are greeted by a large marble-paved courtyard.
The Chott el Djerid lake is a large, salt-covered depression in southern Tunisia and is responsible for mirages that are seen in the desert. This is because in the punishing heat of the day the salt crystals give off sparkling reflections which have lured the unsuspecting adventurers from their tracks.
Dougga is situated in the mountains inland of Tunisia, it was abandoned and deserted with the Vandal invasion, with its beautiful ruins it is a place to be visited by the historian and tourist alike.
El Djem is famous for its amphitheatre built by the Romans around 238. It is believed that the amphitheatre was probably mainly used for gladiator shows and chariot races watched over by a capacity of 35,000 spectators. This makes it the third largest structure of its kind in the world, the Colosseum in Rome and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger. In 1979 these spectacular ruins earned their place as a World Heritage Site.

Seldja Gorge may be difficult to reach due to there being no roads leading out there but it is the most memorable part of the trip as your journey leads you through narrow canyons with mountain walls reaching dizzy heights. Once you have made it to the Gorge you will be rewarded by a train ride which takes you through some pretty scenery with many grand sights.
Sidi Bou Said is a town in northern Tunisia which is known for its elaborate use of the colours blue and white everywhere you turn. The town is not usually a stop over location it is more of a pop in and have a look destination on route to or from other areas close by and it offers a variety of souvenirs can be bought in the main street.
Have an interesting trip.