With its ancient cities, forgotten villages, set against a desert backdrop, Tunisia offers up holidays with a side order of history.
Markets, medinas and Moorish mosques
Shopaholics will be in their element on a holiday to Tunisia. They offer the chance to seek out authentic bargains and gifts while practising your haggling skills in the markets and souks – many of which can be found in the maze-like medina quarters of Tunisia’s towns and villages. Meanwhile, ornate mosques, rich with Moorish touches, provide the historic sightseeing.
The closeness of the Saharan sands means desert safaris are easy to come by on holidays to Tunisia. Hop in a 4x4 and you can hurtle across the dunes, exploring a landscape that’s remained unchanged for centuries. Or, hop on the back of a camel and saunter along steadily, stopping for tea breaks at authentic Bedouin camps along the way.
Food for thought
The choice of cuisine is definitely worth an Instagram pic or two. Tunisian dining draws heavily on its rich history, and is a heady and delicious mix of North African spice, delicate French touches and a big helping of Mediterranean influences.
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Yasmine Hammamet is the new kid on the block along this stretch of Mediterranean coastline. It’s got all the trappings of an ultra-modern resort – theme park, casino, nightclubs, golf courses, you name it. But you still get that old-fashioned Tunisian vibe, with camels plodding along the beach, and bearded old men sipping mint tea in the shade.
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