What to see & do in Tunisia
What to see & do in Tunisia Reviews
Sep 12, 2007
When in Tunisia, there are several things/places you must see:
*Matmata is a must see. Matmata is in the southern section of Tunisia. Not quite at the Sahara yet, but you're getting close! This interesting little town is one of the places where scenes in Star Wars were filmed. The Berbers of Matmata found underground homes the best defence against summer heat. The pits are circular and about 10m in both depth and diameter. Spikes in the walls, or a knotted rope, help them to the next floor.
*El Jem - The Roman amphitheatre
According to the facts, it is the world's sixth largest Roman amphitheatre. The Romans built this colossus in AD 230. The three tiers of arcades could seat some 30.000 spectators. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk.
*Sidi Bou Said
The small village of Sidi Bou Said, situated on the top of the hill above the Mediterranean Sea, is turned into the one of the main touristic attraction of Tunisia. It is located in the vicinity of Carthage. I place some pictures which shows a part of the traditional Tunisian house, painted in the characteristic white and blu colors.
*Chott el Jerid
In southern Tunisia there is a large salt lake that you can drive over by causeway. At times in the year it is mostly dried up because of the heat. Because of the heat and the sun reflecting off the salty surface, it is well known for the interesting mirages that appear there. The different minerals in the water cause it to be many different colors. When driving past one side of the lake may appear pink while the other looks green! Along the causeway you will find some little cafes and souveneir huts. Be on the lookout for the salt harvesters as well, they are very interesting to watch as they scrape the salt off of the surface.
*Riding a camel in the Sahara
Definately a touristy thing, but how cool is it to say "I have rode a Camel in the Sahara Desert"? It was amazing being surrounded by all those waves of dunes. A word of caution: Camels are not very comfortable to ride on. It's a very bumpy ride! You may want to consider this before booking one of the longer treks
*Port el Kantoui
It might hear repulsive to some: A town only built for tourism. But Port el Kantaoui is a highly successful "ghetto". It offers beautiful architecture, a great beach, reasonable shopping and plenty of OK restaurants.
I like this place so much, but it is definately best to enjoy the tranquility of Port el Kantaoui after you have seen the genuine Tunisia.
For a couple of days, Port el Kantaoui has enough to offer most travellers.
Tunis is neither very Arab, nor African. It is not European either, even though Tunisians might tell you so. Tunis is highly functional, effective, clean and is mixing the old and the new, all at the same time, all over.
Tunis is not a typical tourist site, but tourists going to places like Hammamet and Sousse, often come on day trips to the capital. When entering Tunis keep your eyes open for the cleanliness, the lack of beggars, and all the women wearing modern clothes. Depending on your preferences, visit the Bardo museum, which has a stunning selection of mosaics. Or for the kids, go to the zoo in the northern part of the city. Next to that, you will find yourself surrounded by people, but no Westerners. But more than anything else, use your time in and out of the suuq, or medina, walk along the vegetable stands, head into the meat and fish market (between the suuq and the railway station).
I you have any more questions: please feel free to ask me.
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