Situated on the balmy shores of the Southern
Mediterranean and is where Europe, Africa and the Middle East
Roman ruins, medieval medinas, French colonial boulevards,
beautiful beaches, vast tracts of olive trees, and brilliant green
oases set amongst the seemingly endless Saharan sands characterise
the diversity present, in this, the most Westernised of North
Tunis the capital city is a good introduction to the
country where the tangled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage
medina are crammed with infectious chaos and sweet smelling spices.
The Bardo Museum houses the finest collection of Roman
mosaics in the world, while nearby at Sidi Bou Said, is a picture
perfect whitewashed village dramatically perched on a cliff
Tunisia's Roman ruins are amongst the finest in the
Mediterranean. Without doubt the most well known ancient site in
the country is Carthage, once capital of an empire. Here Dido wept
for Aeneas, Hannibal set forth to conquer Rome and St Perpetua was
tossed by the bulls.
Further afield, in the ancient province of Numidia, is the
stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dougga (ancient Thugga). To
the south, the enormous amphitheatre at El Djem is more complete
than the Colosseum in Rome, while in the desert are the stunning
honey-coloured remains of Sbeitla.
Sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the Sahara desert
lies the pride of the 'Tunisian Riviera', the sophisticated resorts
of Hammamet and Sousse. Here are to be found sweeping sandy beaches
along with historic medinas and top class hotels, some specialising
in thalassotherpy spa treatments.
Southern Tunisia is a land noted for its dramatic
desertscapes; wide expanses of glistening salt pans; astonishing
Berber architecture; Eden-like oases; and the rippling dunes of the
Sahara. It is also a road less well travelled with exciting
opportunities for adventure.