Tunisia Bucket List: Top 10 sights in Tunisia
N.In the northernmost part of Africa lies the ancient country of Tunisia. It is a melting pot of diverse cultures and influences, from Roman, Arabic and French to name a few. In addition to the interesting historical places on its territory, Tunisia is also famous for its presence in Star Wars IV, the idyllic beaches and the sandy desert that hugs its land. If you want an affordable vacation that will amaze you, these are the best places in Tunisia:
Hammamet Beach in Tunisia
This exquisite city in Tunisia is known for sporting many of the country’s most sought-after beaches. If you are looking for a family vacation with plenty of water sports and sports, this destination will prove to be a gem.
What makes this place special are the whitewashed buildings with Roman influence that give you the charming Greek vibe.
An oasis in the Sahara next to the ruined settlement, Chebika, Tunisia Photo via Depositphotos
After a day of sunbathing, head to Chebika, a mountain paradise in western Tunisia.
Because of its apparent sun exposure, this part of Tunisia is commonly known as Qasr el-Shams, which means “Castle of the Sun”.
Many scenes for the film The English Patient were shot in the landscape of the Chebika oasis. Despite popular claims, no scenes for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope were filmed in this area.
Chott el Djerid
Beautiful sunrise on Chott el Djerid salt lake, Sahara desert, Tunisia Photo via Depositphotos
This epic destination is one of the most visited in Tunisia. As a lake in the Sahara, the Arab name means “lagoon of the land of palm trees”.
What makes Chott el Djerid an icon of Africa is the Sahara’s largest salt lake, covering more than 2,700 square miles. If you want outstanding photos and unforgettable experiences, this tourist attraction is a must.
Djerba Island Tunisia Photo via Depositphotos
Our list moves from the largest lake to a small island in the south of Tunisia. The island of Djerba is known for its white sandy beaches and the rich Jewish influences on its culture and architecture.
One of the most important beaches in Djerba is the lagoon. It has crystal clear and emerald green water that is great for relaxing and immersing yourself in.
Djerba is one of the most important travel destinations and can be reached via a variety of ways. You can get there by plane, train or bus. Buses are available all day, including night trips.
El Haouaria photo via Depositphotos
If you’ve come to Tunisia for swimming and more, El Haouaria will likely pique your interest. Around 9,000 people live here, which gives you an idea of how liveable it is.
Many tourists are not only an ideal place to relax and live, but also an ideal place for hiking.
If you plan your hike during the sunset, you will be overwhelmed by the views of the infinite sea and lush greenery.
El Jem Amphitheater Photo via Depositphotos
This Romanesque amphitheater has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
The impressive ruins of the largest Colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheater for up to 35,000 spectators, are located in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd century monument shows the size and extent of Imperial Rome.
The Romans built some of the most popular and historic amphitheaters in the world, and El Jem is downright fascinating.
Great Mosque of Kairouan, Tunisia, photo via Depositphotos
From El Jem the list goes on to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as Al Qayrawan. If you’ve noticed the Arab influence, this is the place!
The Umayyads founded this city and it has since been an important center for many Islamic activities such as studying the Koran.
There are many mosques in this city, including the Kairouan Great Mosque. You can also wander the quaint streets of Medina (old town) and see interesting finds from the surrounding souks (boutiques).
Berber underground dwellings. Cave dwelling house. Matmata, Tunisia Photo via Depositphotos
The city of Matmata is probably one of the most interesting cities to visit in Tunisia. Many of its structures were created by digging a cavernous pit underground, which will later be used as rooms. Some of these underground spaces are even connected by trench-inspired passageways.
If you’re a Starcore Star Wars fan, you would have seen a snippet of Matmata in the movies. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones had a set here. Luke Skywalker’s home on the planet Tatooine is indeed a hotel in Matmata.
If you’re a Call of Duty gamer, this town will look familiar to you too. Your character would have destroyed a radio mast and a German tank farm on the outskirts by cash on delivery.
Indigenous Berber man with dromedary camels traveling in Sahara desert photos via Depositphotos
From an iconic city, you can spend a day or more in the world’s greatest hot desert. The Sahara is so large that it can be accessed from many countries. Tunisia is certainly one of the gates to this exquisite paradise.
If you’re a fan of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, you still have one more reason to visit this iconic place.
In the Sahara, you can ride a quad bike, sand surf, watch wild wildlife, and experience sunrise or sunset like never before. There are also campfire and star-gazing spots in the Sahara that can easily become the highlight of your trip.
Ribat of Monastir
Ribat in Monastir in Tunisia Photos via Depositphotos
Tunisia is home to many old defensive structures and the Ribat in Monastir is one of the must-see places. A ribat is an Islamic defense structure that played an important role in the history of Tunisia.
There is also a hundred-step watchtower with spiral stairs on the site, which was used as a means of communication in earlier times. If history and wars fascinate you, this destination is a must for you!
Tunisia travel and tour packages
To help you plan your visit to Tunisia, we have listed attractions and other amazing things to do in Tunisia. We’ve also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages, along with excellent flight deals and accommodations.
Looking for the best hotels, resorts and cheap flights in nearby towns? Check out our list of cheap hotels and resorts in Tunisia through Agoda, Booking, or also check out Airbnb hotels available in the city.
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