Travel to Tunisia Part One - Beaches. Tunisia has a coastline of 1150 km with the Mediterranean Sea. Along the coast, there are numerous resorts with nice sandy beaches. For this reason, many tourists come here only for vacations and the sea, but we wanted to look as much as possible from the country. Journey to Tunisia attractions Part Two - Cities. The capital of Tunisia is a mix of something French, something Arabic, both in the face of the city and in the form of people. My weakness, however, is the Medina. Medina with the Big Market, narrow streets, shops, restaurants. The limited time came only for the Bardo Museum with its huge mosaic collection. Ancient Carthage, more specifically the remains of it, are today under UNESCO protection. There is a stronger sense that you have set foot in a historic place - initially populated by Berbers, later by Phoenicians. Strategic site, center of advanced civilization, rival of Rome, and occasion for the Punic Wars won by the Romans, who made the city a ruined city in its architecture.
Then the Vandals, and then the Arabs, passed through the city, ending Carthage in the 7th century. Another UNESCO site - the art town of Sidi Bou Said. In the city, all the houses are in blue and white, according to local regulations and it is forbidden to repaint. From the high the panorama is remarkable - in clear weather you can see the island of Sicily.
Monastery - the city is not big, but it is one of the most modern resorts in the country. There is a distinct Medina (old part) which, unlike other Arab medinas, is extremely clean and tidy. In the city we also visited the Ribat Fortress and the Habib Burgiba Mausoleum. The trip to top attractions in Tunisia is the third part that we have been looking forward to most - the Sahara Desert, more specifically that part of it that occupies 1/3 of Tunisia. It is a two-day trip that covers 1200 km in two days and gets to know more than half of the country. We leave very early in the morning and just assume what emotions await us.
The first stop is the city of El Jem - there we visited the world's third largest amphitheater with 35,000 seats. The following is an impressive place - the Matmata. This is a Berber cave settlement protected by UNESCO. To protect against high temperatures, homes are holes cut directly into the rocks. We continue to the city of Douz (the entrance to the Sahara), where our overnight stay is. This long hot day is not over yet. Here's the nail of the day: some of us explored the camel's Sahara, suitably dressed in Arabian long robes, while others chewed the sand in the desert of the ATVs almost until dark. The good thing was that the forecast for 47 degrees was not correct and the thermometers reached a modest 44 degrees.
The second day in the wilderness began earlier. Along the way, we met the sunrise and reached the salt lake of Shot El Jerit, which only occasionally fills the winter with one inch of rain water. This "lake" is, in fact, an infinitely waterless salt field a few meters below sea level. From here, an even more incredible experience began - jeep safari through the dunes and along the Dakar Rally. To cool our bodies and passions, we stopped at the Chebika Oasis, a small spring in the Atlas Mountains surrounded by palm and shrub vegetation in the middle of the desert. On our way back (already by bus) we stopped briefly in the city of Kairouan - the fourth holy city for Muslims after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.