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Tunisia

What to see in Tunisia? El Djem; Kairouan; the ruins of Carthage; Chott el Djerid; the Grand Erg Oriental; the Mountain Oasis; the 500-meter Tunnels Reef; Cap Bon; wrecks of the Algaz and the Takrouna.

Tunisia, the complete official name is the Republic of Tunisia, is a country in North Africa. The population comprises more than 10 million people; the total area is nearly 165 square kilometers. The capital of the country is Tunis. The official language is Arabic. In the north and east Tunisia is washed by the Mediterranean Sea, and borders Algeria to the west and Libya to the south-east.

About a third of the country is located in the eastern foothills of the Atlas Mountains; the rest of the area is covered with savannas and mostly deserted. The climate is Mediterranean in the northern part and semiarid in the south.

The national currency is the Tunisian dinar. Credit cards are accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants. ATMs are widely spread. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureau de exchanges, and post offices.

Beside the wonderful sandy beaches, excellent hotels and thalassotherapy and spa centers, Tunisia attracts tourists from all over the world by its own unique attractions. It is an original eastern country with a rich history and interesting culture.

History enthusiasts will be glad to visit El Djem, where you can still see the remains of Roman amphitheatre; Bulla Regia, with its unique underground villas; Kairouan, featuring plenty of beautiful mosques, tombs and madrassas; Monastir Ribat, a coastal fort in the past and a popular tourist attraction nowadays; and the ruins of Carthage, an ancient Phoenician city. In the Bardo Museum you can see gorgeous mosaic and other works of ancient world art.

Nature lovers will be undoubtedly captivated by lunar landscapes and mirages of Chott el Djerid, a salt pan, situated near Tozeur; by surreal dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental which can be admired from a camelback; and by picturesque streams, palm trees and waterfalls of the Mountain Oasis.

Relax on Djerba’s pristine beaches; go along whitewashed alleyways of Sidi Bou Said; and explore the old district of Sousse's Medina and buy some local craft works it its charming souk.

Airports

Djerba–Zarzis International Airport (DJE) situated on Djerba Island

Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport (NBE), Enfidha

Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport (MIR) serves Monastir

Sfax–Thyna International Airport (SFA) located near Sfax

Tozeur–Nefta International Airport (TOE), Tozeur

Tunis–Carthage Airport (TUN) serves Tunis

Diving in Tunisia

Colourful coral reefs, long coastline and numerous coves and bays make Tunisia very popular among divers from all over the world.

Perfect diving is awaiting you in Tabarka, where you will find the 500-meter Tunnels Reef with about 20 tunnels.

In Cap Bon, situated on the northern coast, you will find steep rocks, deep waters and great visibility. The underwater fauna boasts many Mediterranean species: groupers, gorgonians, morays, mullets and octopuses.

Off Hammamet there are a few interesting wrecks, including Italian and German vessels from WW2, for example The Algaz wreck, located at a depth of 65m, and the Takrouna, a WW2 German destroyer, still containing most of her ammunition.

Off Monastir you can go wall diving and meet various underwater critters, such as congers, moray eels, and dentex fish.

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