Matmata troglodyte houses are definitely a must-visit place. The structure alone is impressive, with a central courtyard of different emerging "corridors" dug on the land itself and leading to the different rooms. They usually have a lot of animals out the front of the house, such as chickens, horses, donkeys ... The lifestyle they have may surprise you, as it seems to be one of extreme poverty. In time you realise that for them the things we consider essential are completely unnecessary in their daily lives.
For me, without a doubt, the best thing about this mosque are the views from the tower. Access is via a narrow, dark stairway, but once you get up and gaze across the city, with the crowning archaeological museum, you will be very happy that you paid the entrance fee.
The puerta del mar, which is now called France's Door is what divides the fascinating Medina of Tunis with the modern part of the city. Its appearance is magestic, and is reminiscent of the old forts or Ribats that were found in that area. It's the perfect entry to the magical world of shopping and markets. I recommend that you take a moment to admire its beauty and majesty. It was as if we entered into a medieval fortress, when in fact we'd come to toil away our money!
While on vacation a few years ago, my partner and I were in the wonderful African country of Tunisia. Amongst the other places we visited, the bizarre in the capital has incredible bathrooms and a door leading out to the desert, a place where getting lost is an adventure and an authentic satisfaction.
The town of Monastir has several interesting mosques, oftentimes very modern. Undoubtedly, the most important is the Great Mosque. I was particularly struck by the great "Tower of Faith," the Islamic tower that calls the people to prayer. It is difficult to go beyond the main courtyard, but it costs nothing to try ....
The Douz desert is quite an experience: cross impressive dunes, showing great courage (rewarded by the discovery of breathtaking landscapes) and experience thousands of adventures. It is like a book because it gives you the chance to step into the shoes of Indiana Jones or desert explorers, in a fabulous setting.
A large waterfall lost in the immensity of the Tunisian desert. Set in an area of great scenery and majestic views, this is one of those places that is a must on any trip. Recommended for those in search of beauty and harmony in a natural space.
There are many historical monuments that attract attention in Tunisia but today I will make reference to Dougga, a declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. It is 100 kilometers from the capital and they are the best preserved ruins in North Africa. Visiting Dougga is reliving the past and you will be surprised by the scale of the buildings. There are circuits that lead to it and excursions. If you can rent a car and take time to visit it, is better. And bon voyage!
The capital of Tunisia is a show of aromas and voices. It's the ideal place to find out about this market! Among the stalls there's meat, spices and couscous, and we also found black-kohl-dye you can line your eyes with, as well as henna and natural sponges. Of course, the most interesting thing to do was to go to the stalls of spices and seeds. Spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon and saffron, which are all used in Tunisian cuisine, are places in large felt sacks. Put your fingers in the seed bags, smell the scents of jasmine and musk, you won't be rushed.
The center of Sousse is an amalgam of narrow whitewashed streets, with surprising hills. Tunisian family life takes place in the houses - in the patios - an inheritance of all Spanish 'Al-Andalus'. The small streets are cool and calm and in them you can find the find the other side of Tunisians: men and women and traditional family. There is a great contrast with the open and talkative marketers souk.
Tunis-Carthague International Airport is located about 8km from both the Tunisian capital and the ancient city of Carthage. Although the country has several airports, this is undeniably the most popular and receives thousands of passengers each year. The international code is TUN, and companies that operate here include Tunisair, Air Europa, Alitalia, Air France, and Lufthansa, among others. There are duty free shops, cafes, bank, money exchange offices and rental car offices. If you fly in from Europe, you'll have to present your passport and fill out the little visa card. They will give you a receipt that you must be careful not to lose, as you'll have to give it back when you leave the country. To get to the downtown from the airport, you can take a taxi (between 4 and 7 DNT), orBus 35 which drops you off at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba (0.60 DNT, every half hour).
Located in modern Tunisia, the capital's Catholic Cathedral seamlessly blends Gothic and Byzantine art. The most notable aspect of this building is the incredible contrast that this "Western" building has with its surroundings. It shows a mixture of cultures and artistic movements that came together in the capital. It's located on the main artery of the city, so you can't miss it.
I recommend this place to you when you go to Tunisia. You should try to arrive in good time and explore the Medina in the area where there are no tourists, the type of shops and the atmosphere are completely different from the other part. It is very interesting to see how they live and develop their life there, the area of the "jewels" is fantastic, it is not known if they are old and do not look very good, but it is worth taking a look.
The road between Tozeur and Kebili, situated to the southwest of Tunisia across the huge salt lake Chott El Djerid, the largest in Africa. Apart from the obvious attractions that go hand in hand with a very special landscape, I could not help noticing the curious places along the way. They are always located close together (remember we are on the edge of the desert), shops that sell the famous desert roses, black sand or just a bottle of water. What is definitely strange, there is no doubt about it, are the signs in Spanish that are scattered everywhere "cheaper than Carrefour", "cheaper than the whole one hundred" ... Even Tunisian posters flaunt their good humor and tireless spirit of sellers and merchants.
After our visit to the Tamerza Chebika oasis we started the trek on 4x4's on the desert dunes to Oung The Djemel, where there are still things left from where they shot the movie Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. On the way we stopped to see the dune from the movie The English Patient. All dune bashing was fun and spectacular. People who like attractions like the roller coaster, I recommend it.
After hundreds of km in 48 º in the scorching sun, in 4x4 tracks amid the barren landscape of Tunisia, after 3 punctures in just six hours, we finally arrived in Douz, the gateway to the desert. The most beautiful desert imaginable, the red desert of Sahara. Peace, vastness, the endless silence, solitude, a beautiful orange hue even more beautiful at sunset ... an indescribable feeling and of course the people. A true wonder and anti-stress remedy.