Whenever you’re asked about a holiday by the Mediterranean Sea, what are the most obvious destinations that immediately come to your mind? Spain, Greece or Italy? While these are undoubtedly the most hyped hotspots for global tourists, recently, there is an increasing number of travelers who are making their way to Tunisia.
From a long list of some of the best beaches to a wide range of gastronomic experiences to a rich historic culture of ancient ruins, there’s something to enjoy in Tunisia for all kinds of travelers. Nevertheless, before embarking on a trip to this most-loved destination, you should be informed about the must-see places and other whereabouts of the country.
Whether or not you require a visa to visit Tunisia depends on the nation from which you’re traveling. There’s further information on Tunisia visa available but you need to know that there are 97 countries from which citizens may visit Tunisia visa-free for 90 days! Keep reading to know more on this country.
It is important to be safe in Tunisia
If you carefully cross off a few places from your travel list and maintain the basic precautions, you’re bound to remain safe in Tunisia. Terrorism and other dangers forced the American State Department to advise people to stay away from the south-eastern border of Tunisia that connects with Libya, Bou Zid, the Jendouba, south of Ain Drahem and the Chaambi Mountain National Park. Tourists are also asked to avert overland travel to Algeria or Libya.
Keep in mind all local customs and laws
If you visit the highly frequented tourist spots or the bigger cities, there are no such restrictions on dresses. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll forget that it is an Islamic country. You have to always keep in mind that you can’t offend any religious emotions. It is important to dress modestly in mosques and in smaller towns.
Homosexuality is still considered a crime in Tunisia. Not only that, this crime can be subject to some crazy punishment. Be extra watchful if you’re a member of the LGBT community. Sex without getting married is also considered a criminal offense.
Although Tunisia is a Muslim nation, alcohol is readily available in some shops, restaurants and bars. Celtia is their local beer.
- Take a camel ride across the Sahara Desert
- Clean and scrub yourself in hammam
- Take break during weekend in Tunis
- During the end of December, visit Douz for being a part of the Sahara festival
- Move to Kairouan, one of the holiest cities of Islam, a place different from coastal resorts
- Bargain for goods in the shops of Sfax
While traveling from the airport, make sure you use licensed cabs. Don’t forget to ask about the fare before finalizing. If you don’t like haggling, visit the Socopa shops, run by the government for best quality souvenirs. Try and learn few Arabic words so that you may bargain comfortably.
Gastronomic Tourism of Tunisia
If you’re a foodie, you’ll have your best vacation in Tunisia as it is famous for its delicious cuisine. Taste, as much as is possible, the unique items like Fricasse (a fancy doughnut) and Harissa (a spicy dip).
You may also enjoy a genuine meal in a conventional Tunisian restaurant, called a ‘dar’ or undertake an olive-oil tasting workshop or even take a wine tour through the vineyards of Tunisia.
When should you visit Tunisia?
The coastal towns of Tunisia remain busiest during July and August and sunny and bright days will welcome you during this time.
For trips to the desert, the best time to visit is late September to November and from March to early May. Avoid the month of August at all costs.
Keeping in mind the present pandemic situation, check with your GP whether your vaccinations are up-to-date. Women, stay aware of unwanted attention on roads of Tunisia.
Susan Noel is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable travel tips with the audience.