Looking for your next holiday destination? Tunisia could be your next getaway.
The former French colony has warm weather all year round and offers excellent value for money.
Here’s 5 reasons why you should visit North Africa’s smallest country.
Tunisia’s Mediterranean coastline stretches for over 1,000 kilometres, so it’s not hard to find a sandy beach to enjoy. From exclusive resorts with private beaches, to wild coastlines which are free for all to access, there’s a patch of sand for everyone.
If you like local crafts and authentic souvenirs, the souks in Tunisia are a delight. In these traditional shopping districts you can find streets of small shops and independent market stalls. Look out for intricate silverware, hand painted ceramics, brightly-coloured hammam towels and beautiful woven baskets. Souks are the ideal place to haggle on price and pick up some bargains!
3. Roman ruins
The first Roman colony outside Italy was in Tunisia. Today you can visit Roman ruins across the country.
Highlights are the vast 3rd-century amphitheatre (the third largest in the Roman world) at El-Jem, and the remains of the cities of Carthage and Dougga.
The Bardo, Tunisia’s national museum located in the suburbs of Le Bardo, has a wealth of Roman mosaics and artefacts.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional Turkish bath in a historic bath house, or a thalassotherapy treatment in a luxury spa, Tunisia is the place to go.
Thalassotherapy centres and spas use seawater and marine minerals which some believe can detoxify and balance the body.
Turkish baths offer steam rooms, showers, scrubs and massages and are open to men and women at different times of day, as per tradition.
5. Camel tours in the Sahara
Many locals in Douz will offer you a camel ride, but you won’t get far into the dunes. If you’re after a longer trip that’ll involve camping, it’s best to arrange this with a tour operator in advance.
Overnight tours are the most popular option. This way, the temperature is cooler and the trek is more comfortable.
The biggest incentive of camel tours is the stunning sunset, far from civilisation.
When travelling to Tunisia, make sure you have travel insurance in place so you can enjoy your getaway with peace of mind.
Gretta Schifano is an award-winning travel blogger and journalist. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teenagers, and 50+ travel, on her blog Mums do travel. She travels regularly to Europe, the USA and beyond and lives with her husband and kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves chocolate, kindness and exploring new places.