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5 cities in Tunisia that you cannot miss

Tunisia is one of the most attractive countries in the world. Whether for its rich artistic heritage, its beaches, medinas or museums. Next, we visit some of the most interesting cities of Tunisiathose that you should take into account if you decide to explore the north of Africa. Can you come with us?

1. Tunis, the capital

The Tunisian capital is the first city that should be taken into account when visiting the country. Not only because of its administrative importance, but also because of its cultural and artistic relevance. Nor can we forget its idyllic beaches, which are visited by thousands of bathers every year.

In Tunisia, the medina or center of the city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, stands out above all. It contains some seven hundred monuments including palaces (Dar-el-Bey, Dar Ben Abdallah, Dar Hussein Palace…), mosques, mausoleums, madrasahs and fountains from the Almohad and Hafsid periods.

Regarding its surroundings, two destinations stand out. One of them is Sidi Bou Said, a beautiful coastal town full of labyrinthine and cobblestone streets. In it, the architecture is very characteristic, since the buildings present immaculate white facades and doors, windows, Moorish latticework and bars in blue.

The other is the ruins of Carthage, which was the most important city of the Roman Empire. Some of its points of interest, although some are somewhat deteriorated, are the Tophet temple; the baths of Antonino; Adriano’s theater, which has been rebuilt and is used for concerts; or the Roman villas.

2. Hammamet

It is the city of jasmine, because this shrub abounds in it, which was inherited by the Tunisians who returned from Al-Andalus. Some vendors can still be seen carrying their hat-shaped baskets full of bouquets and garlands, and jasmine flowers adorn the streets of Hammamet.

In addition, it is one of the cities in Tunisia that it has the most incredible beaches, that stand out for their cleanliness, white sand and warm waters. Not far away is Carthageland, the first theme park built in Africa. In it, its visitors are transported to the Carthaginian era while having fun in its many attractions.

In Hammamet it is also essential to visit its walled medina and stop at the stalls in the souks or drink mint tea; stop by the International Center of Culture, famous for its modern infrastructure and its beautiful gardens; or through the Yasmine Hammamet tourist complex, with a summer atmosphere and full of restaurants and nightclubs.

3. Monastir

It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Tunisia. It is not surprising. Its long beaches of fine sand and transparent waters add an important heritage. In relation to the latter, we should talk about El Ribat, an old fortress that houses, for example, the Museum of Islamic Arts.

Near El Ribat is the mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, which, dominated by a large golden dome, contains the tomb of the first president of Tunisia. From there we go to the medina, full of shops, carpet workshops… You can’t miss visiting the Great Mosque either.

4. Sousse, one of the most charming cities in Tunisia

It is located on the east coast of Tunisia and is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea in the Gulf of Hammamet. It has always been one of the most attractive cities in Tunisia for European writers and artists and has a long history. And it is that in its nearly three thousand years it has been occupied by Romans, Vandals and Byzantines.

Like Tunisia, its medina is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it has places as interesting and relevant as the Great Mosque, which dates back to the year 850; the Sofra cistern; the Er-Rebâ souk, the El Caïd souk or the famous Café de la Cúpula.

 

“Like everything that matters in life, a great trip is a work of art.”

-André Suarès-

5.Djerba

This small island is easy to get around in a few hours. Which does not mean that it has few attractions. How could it be otherwise, highlights its beaches, which extend over 128 kilometers, and its vegetation: palm trees, orchards, olive groves, fruit trees…

Other attractions of Djerba are the menzeles or traditional houses, made up of one or several rooms surrounded by orchards and fields; the zauías, which are enclosures dedicated to prayer and Koranic teaching; the famous Ghriba synagogue; and its mosques, in total more than two hundred.

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