Tunisia is a mecca of sheer natural beauty be it its endless stretches of gorgeous beaches, quintessential homes, opulent ancient ruins and the expansive, rolling dunes of the Sahara. This northernmost country in Africa has a Mediterranean Sea coastline in the very centre of Mediterranean Africa. It is packed with historical wonders in every corner but at the same time has kept with the times and is an urban and modern country.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to its dynamic capital - Tunis. It is a rare city that blends Arabic, African and European influences thus making it a metropolis with multiple ethnicities. Stroll around Medina (Old Town) and get transported to the bygone era. Other attractions include Bab El-Bahr (French Gate), Zitouna Mosque - largest mosque in Tunisia, Ville Novelle (New Town) - quintessential French settlement and Avenue Habib Bourguiba - structures are a delightful mix of colonial and post-colonial buildings.
Take a trip to the picturesque resort of Hammamet and enjoy some sun-n-sand. It is home to some of the most gorgeous sandy beaches out there. It is renowned to be one of the first tourist resort in Tunisia and is popular for offering excellent swimming and premium water sports apart from a plethora of bars, restaurants, shops, markets and luxurious hotel chains.
Another incredible resort worth visiting is the incredible Sousse. It is laden with a shimmering turquoise waters and sandy beaches. This Tunisian town is a popular tourist locality not only because of its beautiful beaches but also due to its medieval Medina - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has numerous historical sites and a plethora of fine museums that strives to showcase the glorious heritage with aplomb.
Famous as the seaside suburb of Tunis, take a trip to Carthage, to explore the many Punic and Roman archaeological sites housed there. Today, it showcases a vast collection of ancient baths, theaters, villas and many other ruins along with it's breathtaking views of the Gulf of Tunis. Stroll around the gorgeous seaside neighbourhood of Sidi Bou Said and pass through the numerous whitewashed buildings and blue doors.
If you're a Star Wars fan, you would love visiting the salt pan of Chott El Jerid. Spanning for over 5,000 sq m (53,819 sq ft), it posesses an incredible charm to mesmerize visitors. During summer, the dry salt crust sparkles in the heat, while in winter, portions of it flood and have to be navigated by boat. No trip to Tunisia is complete without visiting the imposing and intimidating El Djem amphitheatre. It is an extraordinarily well-maintained Roman relic.
When it comes to shopping, be on the lookout for special items such as copper and brassware, olivewood sculptures, leather goods such as slippers and bags, clothing (kaftans, jelabas), perfume oils, pottery and ceramics, silver and enamelled jewellery and shishas (water pipes). As for cuisine, do dig into couscous (Grand semolina served with meat, fish or vegetable sauce) and Harissa ( A hot paste derived from chillies, tomatoes, spices and olive oil).
The stay options in Tunisia are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Tunisia experiences Mediterranean climate in the north and desert climate in the south. The best time to visit would be spring and autumn for the temperatures are pleasant during this period.