In light of last year’s terrorist attacks most travellers and tourists hold back from travelling to Tunisia. Many Tunisian people are struggling to make a living as tourist arrivals dropped by 25 percent compared to last year. This is a big shame as the country has a rich diversity in tourism activities and the people are very welcoming to everyone who wants to visit their beautiful country.
Tunisia is situated within the subtropical zone of the Mediterranean. Tunisia is therefore a mixture of the Mediterranean and Africa in both culture and climate. In the south, there are just two seasons, a long and very hot summer, and a short rainy season. The rest of the country also has a spring and autumn. Most tourists go to the northern part of Tunisia. Here, the summers are dry and hot and the winters are mild. I visited this beautiful country in October, when it’s around 20 degrees Celsius. To me, this is the perfect time to visit as it’s not too hot but also not too cold. So it’s perfect for sightseeing.
During our 8 days holiday we stayed at apartments Diar Lemdina in HammametYasmine. This 4 star resort has the perfect location if you want to experience culture but also relax at the beach. Diar Lemdina is located right next to the Medina where you can see the traditional architecture and buy some souvenirs! Hammamet also knows a nice cultural centre, the great mosque or the local market Soliman. Likewise, Hammamet is the perfect starting point to explore the rest of Tunisia as well. Hammamet is one of the most important tourist destinations in Tunisia thanks to its beaches and markets. It’s located in the north east coast of Tunisia and many tourism attractions are within travel distance from this town.
Carthage was build 3000 years ago in the 1st millennium BC. It was a rich and influential city in North Africa, Southern Spain, Sardinia and Corsica by the 3rd century BC. During the roman invasion it was destroyed and rebuild in the first century AD. Today Carthage is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Personally, I found the Antonin Baths most impressive. In Carthage you can find the largest Roman baths outside of Rome. Other Roman remains include the Amphitheatre, roman houses, columns and a small section of an aqueduct. Carthage is a big site and I spent around 3 to 4 hours at these ruins.
Sidi Bou Said
On the same day we visited Carthage we also visited Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque town just north of Tunis. It is located on top of a cliff which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Beautiful views can be seen everywhere in Sidi Bou Said. All the houses are painted white and blue and the locals have decorated everything beautifully with flowers. The town has inspired many artists with its scenic views. On the day we visited it was very quiet with almost no other tourists around. This only emphasised the relaxing atmosphere that hangs around this town.
Guest author: Jolien Peters