Tunisia: A Land of Serenity, Openness, and Tolerance

Tunisian shores will fascinate you the way they fascinated others since time immemorial.

A Strong Attraction

tunisia_map.jpgTunisian shores have, since ancient times, strongly attracted all those who have sailed to the country’s coasts. Homer, the great Greek Poet wrote of the power the country had on Ulysees, the wandering hero of The Iliad, who, after tasting the mythical fruit of the lotus flower, became enslaved to the attraction of the island of Djerba.

Numerous were the navigators, the merchants, the travellers who dropped anchor in the country, intending to stay for a just a little while, who were won over by its hospitality and warm welcome, and chose to settle in Tunisia.

A Diversified Tourism Product

Without having to travel long distances, the most demanding of visitors will find, in Tunisia, everything that he could hope for: a genuinely friendly and warm welcome, a diversity of natural landscapes and scenery, rich handicrafts and the most varied cultural events. They also find accommodation to suit their individual tastes - from modest hostels, to medium-class hotels and luxurious four-star and five-star hotels. There are all types of restaurants, from fast food to those offering the best cuisine, with an intermediate range of reasonably-priced restaurants. In addition, the country offers beautiful beaches, sports facilities, golf courses, casinos, modern thalassotherapy centres, scuba-diving centres, water sports, sailing, regional and thematic cultural tours; plus shopping, conference tourism, archaeological sites, medinas, trekking, horseback- riding, lowland or mountain oases, unending stretches of desert, Saharan towns, national parks, and nature reserves.

There are seven international airports - a large number for such a modestly sized country; a quality road network; reliable means of transport, comfortable and fast...

Is this not the best invitation to visit Tunisia, enrich yourself with its sumptuousness, and know the country and its friendly people?

At the Heart of the Mediterranean

A short distance from Europe, Tunisia is situated at the heart of the Mediterranean. Its 1,300 km coastline runs along the the Mediterranean sea on both sides of the country. The beaches are long, wide and spacious, with fine white or golden sand. The water is pure.Tunisia.com.ua

A Variety of Landscape

For such a modest surface area, Tunisia has a wide variety of landscapes with entrancing desert stretches only a short distance from the beautiful beaches.

In the north, the climate is Mediterranean. The deeper one travels down south, the warmer it becomes. In the south, the climate is truly Saharan. Between the two areas, there are all intermediate nuances of climate. In the north, in the Tabarka area, you can see the beautiful pine, oak and cork- forests, and other innumerable varieties.

In the centre, there are the steppes with landscapes. Further to the south lie stretches of arid land. Agricultural landscapes vary: the coast, especially in the northeast and the east, is the domain of olive trees that give olive oil, reputed since Roman times. Sweet-smelling orchards abound: oranges, lemons, bergamots and bigaradiers. Huge inland almond-tree fields with white flowers create the impression of an immense snow-field in winter - a spectacular panorama which people from all European countries come to admire. The south is the domain of the oases. They are
located on the coast, as in the case of Gabes, or inland with the lowland oases of Gafsa, Nefta and Tozeur, or the mountain oases of Tameghza, Chebika, and Mides.

Very Ancient Towns


Everywhere towns have existed almost in their entirety since the Roman Era: Carthage, firstly Punic and then Roman, Tunis, Bizerte, Tabarka, the ancient Bulla Regia, near the Jendouba of today; Nabeul, ancient Neapolis; Bela, ancient Vaga; Kef, ancient Sicca Veneria; Zaghouan, Sousse, Monastir, Kairouan, Mahdia, Sbeitla, ancient Sufetula; El Jem, Sfax, Gabes, Gafsa, Tozeur, Nefta, Medenine, and Tataouine.



Summers are hot and dry. Sometimes a hot wind, the sirocco, blows for a few days from the Saharan regions and can reach the north and even Sicily. This wind considerably increases the temperature, which remains bearable because of the lack of humidity. Winter, the rainy season, is not very cold. However, rainy days are few, and rainfall does not exceed 400 mm annually, except in the north-western mountain areas, where it can reach 1,000 mm in some parts. Winters are sunny. The climate is usually suitable throughout the year for cultural and sporting activities such as trekking, excursions, sailing, scuba-diving, golf and so on.Tunisia.com.ua

Three Thousand Years of History

A kind of rudimentary temple, Hermaion, discovered in El-Guetar, near Capsa, known today as Gafsa, bears witness to the ancient presence of man on this land. Its ancient inhabitants were the Capsians who then mixed with the peoples coming from the southern regions and Egypt to make the Berbers. Other peoples came to settle here: Phoenicians, Jews, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, Spanish, Muslim Andalusians and Jews evicted from Spain, Italians, Maltese and French. These peoples left their traces in the landscape and the resulting civilisation. The Phoenicians founded Utique, Kerkouane and Carthage, later destroyed and rebuilt by the Romans who developed a brilliant urban civilisation. The Arabs gave the country a religion - Islam -and a language - Arabic. The Turks left their mark in art, architecture, culinary art and clothes. The Europeans deeply marked the urban landscape, architecture, lifestyles, clothes and language...



Undoubtedly, mosaics are one of the most eloquent artistic expressions of antiquity. It was in Tunisia that this important artistic expression had its heyday, and Tunisian mosaics surpassed all the mosaics of other provinces in their richness and finesse, including those of Rome and its region. Today, Tunisia is home to the richest collection of mosaics in the world.

The Bardo National Museum, four kilometres from Tunis, holds the major part of this rich and prestigious collection. Before becoming a museum, this Moorish palace was the residence of the Beys - the monarchs of Tunis. One can still find Mosaics in Carthage, Dougga, Bulla Regia and the Sousse Museum.





• Thalassotherapy is the use of sea water at a given temperature, algae and sea mud, for preventive and curative purposes.
• Being a new product, it is attracting more and more customers in need for rest and fitness treatment.
• Given that its characteristics are in line with the tourism policy orientations, the product is of interest to Tunisian tourism. It targets well-off categories that afford a high spending level.
• Tunisia has all assets to succeed in promoting the product: market proximity, top range hotels, mild weather, the long sunny back-season, leisure potential, sports and cultural activities, skilled medical and paramedical staff, very advantageous quality/price ratios.




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