Tourist friendly Tunisia

A tourist friendly country in North Africa, Tunisia largely attracts adventure-seekers, especially during winter. It is bordered by Libya to the southeast and Algeria to the west.Coastal plains on the east rise to a north-south escarpment that slopes gently to the west. The Sahara Desert lies in the southernmost part. Tunisia is more mountainous in the north, where the Atlas range continues from Algeria.

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The natural landscape allows for the perfect paragliding activities and is also great for mountainous and sea sports.This country is home to thousands of kilometers of magnificent Mediterranean coastline.Some of the major tourist attractions in Tunisia are the Ancient Berber Villages, dotted with stark landscapes, granaries, flea markets and ‘caveman’ dwellings.

Arabic is the official language, and Tunisian Arabic, known as Tounsi or Derja, is the national, vernacular variety of Arabic and is used by the public. There is also a small minority of speakers of Berber languages known collectively as Jebbali or Shelha.Because of the French occupation of the country in the late nineteenth century, most people can speak French as well, and use it often in commerce. Tunisia has a long and complicated history with Italy, so Italian is a common language there as well.

 

The majority of the population are Muslims with 99.1% being Sunni Muslims and 1% of Shia Muslims, Christians, Jewish and Baha’i. When you visit the great mosques in Kairouan, keep in mind that’s the fourth most important Muslim city behind Mecca.

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Tunis is the capital city of Tunisia, home to the Medina, the Bardo National Museum, Sidi Bou Said and the ancient ruins of Carthage.Carthage is currently a suburb of Tunis, but it was once one of the most important and prosperous cities of the ancient world.Tunis is a very modern town, safe and pleasant. The restaurants are good and offer fine cuisine that’s a mix of Arab and French. This is currently the only town in Tunisia to be equipped with a metro (“tube”) service, which is more like a tramway.

Women in Tunisia enjoy some of the greatest rights and freedoms in the Arab world.

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