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What to know for a trip to Tunisia

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Lapped by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and occupied for most of the territory by the Sahara desert, Tunisia is the smallest state among those located in northern Africa, as well as being a respectable tourist destination.

Rich in unspoiled natural landscapes and some of the most prestigious cultural spots in the world (eight Tunisian attractions are part of the World Heritage Sites!), This is an excellent destination to visit with family or friends, venturing into atmospheres and scenarios dream.
Here's what to know to organize an unforgettable trip to Tunisia.



Index

  1. Best time
  2. Required documents
  3. How many days
  4. How to dress and what to bring
  5. To see
  6. Getting around
  7. What to book in advance
  8. Accomodation
  9. Where to eat
  10. How much
  11. How to pay
  12. Safety
  13. Useful advice and rules of conduct
  14. User questions and comments

Best time

Without doubt the half seasons, that is spring and autumn, ideal both for wandering around the cities and desert areas and for enjoying the beach life (the bathing season is in fact quite long and can last until the end of October). The average temperatures in these months are between 20 ° and 30 °. The sea temperature, on the other hand, is between 19 ° and 25 ° from March to May and from September to the end of October.

Required documents

Among the necessary documents you will obviously need a passport with residual validity of at least 3 months. The VisaInstead, it is not necessary unless you wish to stay longer than 90 days within the country.



How many days

  • Minimum travel time: at least 7 days
  • Recommended duration of the trip: at least 15 days

How to dress and what to bring

Among the things to pack absolutely do not forget light clothes (possibly breathable and in natural fabric), comfortable shoes for walking, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, as well as scarves and sweaters / sweatshirts not too heavy for the evening or to enter the places of worship. Finally, don't leave thebeach equipment and therefore swimsuit, flip-flops and snorkeling equipment if you intend to dive and discover the rich underwater world.

To see

Tunisia is extremely rich in attractions that are worth visiting. If what you are planning is your first trip to discover this wonderful country, we suggest you focus on some main highlights, such as the Great Mosque of Kairouan, one of the most famous and important Tunisian mosques; besides this, don't miss the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, the Ichkeul National Park, the picturesque Medina of Sousse (just an hour and a half from the capital) the beautiful Roman amphitheater of El Jem and some of the most spectacular beaches, including the beach of Mahdia.

If it is your second time in the country, take some time to visit the salt lake Chott el-Jerid, to the iconic village of Matmata (famous location of the Star Wars saga), to the desert and to some important archaeological sites, including the Thugga site and Bulla Direction.



  • If you are visiting the destination for the first time: Great Mosque of Kairouan, Tunis and the Bardo Museum, Ichkeul National Park, Medina of Sousse, El Jem, beaches
  • If you are returning to your destination: Chott el-Jerid salt lake, Matmata village, Sahara desert, Thugga, Bulla Regia

Getting around

Within cities, it is necessary to move walking (especially in the areas of the Suq and the historic center) or you can opt for a taxi if you want to reach more distant areas of the urban fabric. TO Tunis, capital and most developed city of the whole country, it is possible to use public transport: the city is equipped with one light rail, consisting of 6 lines (the ticket price is really negligible: less than € 0,15 each way!), but also an efficient bus, although more crowded than the metro (again, the prices are quite low: around € 0,12 for a short ride).

Outside the capital and other cities, however, we advise you to rent a private means of transport with which to turn freely around the country (being careful not to take secondary roads or places that are too isolated!). Alternatively, you could always rely on a organized tour: in this case, you will move around the country in a group with comfortable buses and without having to worry about anything.

What to book in advance

First of all, if you want to find an advantageous air offer, the first thing to book is the flight ticket A / R for Tunisia. If you move in time, you can find connections from Italy for just over € 100.

Moreover, if you intend to leave the cities or tourist villages, you must also book all the various ones excursions that you want to do during your stay a little in advance (even better if you rely on local tour operators or agencies). We recommend that you absolutely book the excursion to some of the most important UNESCO sites, but also a guided excursion in the Sahara desert among dunes, camels and breathtaking sunsets.



Accomodation

If you decide to stay in the capital, Tunis, and to use it as a base for exploring the surroundings, you will have a wide choice of accommodation both by type and by budget.

We advise you, however, to leave the big city to experience the true charm offered by Tunisian atmospheres: this is why the best option is, in our opinion, to stay in Djerba, the largest island in North Africa just a few kilometers away from the Tunisian coast. Here you will find crystal clear sea and white beaches, as well as numerous resorts and tourist villages that will make you feel pampered and truly on vacation.
Moreover, many of these villages organize excursions and guided tours on the mainland, so that you will be able to explore the country in total safety and without worrying too much about organizing all the various movements independently. Hotel and b & b from € 20,00 per room -

Where to eat

Tunisian cuisine is a real riot of flavors and colors, which combine different influences: from Berber to Andalusian, from Arab to Italian and Turkish. In particular, among the typical dishes of the culinary tradition we find couscous in first place, followed by Shakshouka (typically Middle Eastern influence) and chorba (a soup made with chicken, parsley, celery and lemon juice).
In any case, around the country you will find restaurants of all price ranges, from the most sought after to the most spartan ones. A visit is highly recommended for the popular markets, not only for shopping or browsing but also to be able to taste the delicious local street food.
Always do caution that the food is well cooked to avoid gastrointestinal problems, as well as to drink water if possible only from sealed bottles.

How much

  • Cost of flights and travel: € 250,00
  • Accommodation cost: € 40,00 per night
  • Minimum daily budget for meals and attractions: € 30,00

How to pay

The country's official currency is the Tunisian Dinar (TDN): € 1,00 = TDN 3,16.
If in Tunis the credit card is quite used to make most of the payments, outside the capital it will be necessary to pay directly with cash both in shops / clubs and for transport: for this reason, we recommend that you change cash as soon as you arrive at the airport destination or withdraw in dinars at the counters you will find in large towns. As for the accommodation, however, you will not have great difficulty paying by credit card, as well as for any excursions you want to take part in.

Safety

In general, Tunisia it is not a particularly dangerous country to visit as a tourist, despite some terrorist incidents that occurred in the past suggest the opposite.

Traveling to Tunisia is safe if you respect some very common common sense rules, such as not displaying cash or other valuables in a blatant way, not walking in suburban and disreputable neighborhoods and, above all, not venturing into desert areas in complete autonomy. For more information on the subject of security in Tunisia, we invite you to consult the official website of the Farnesina.

Useful advice and rules of conduct

  1. Maintain a respectful attitude, especially when visiting places of worship: in particular, remember to dress appropriately by covering your shoulders and wearing long dresses and trousers.
  2. Always negotiate prices, both when taking a taxi and when buying goods in a shop / stall.
  3. If you are traveling independently with your own means of transport, be careful not to drive along secondary roads and less frequented areas. Bring a paper road map with you - you may not have good internet reception.
  4. If you want to go on an excursion in the desert, never do it on your own but rely on expert agencies or take part in an organized tour.
  5. Especially in the Souks areas, beware of groups of children who might approach with the sole purpose of stealing from you: unfortunately, poverty is a very widespread phenomenon and children are soon trained in these dishonest practices.
  6. Travel / health insurance: recommended.

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