Tunisia, officially the Republic of Tunisia, is a country in North Africa, covering 165,000 square kilometers or 64,000 square miles. Its northernmost point, Cape Angela, is the northernmost point on the African continent. It is bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.
Tunisia’s population is estimated to be just under 12 million in 2016. Tunisia gained its independence 20 March 1956. Sadly, during the proceeding decades government neglect of the country has depressed the economy. Infrastructure shows signs of decay and mass tourism has largely deserted the country. This is unfortunate because Tunisia has much to offer. However, there are also signs of renewal, especially in Tunis, the country’s capital city. Tunisia’s name is derived from its capital city, Tunis, which is located on its northeast coast.
There are several ways to have an enjoyable vacation in Tunisia…
- Spending time on the gorgeous Mediterranean beaches is popular with most visitors, and worth spending a day or more enjoying the sun, surf and sand.
- Do a circuit of Tunisia. Travels are able to independently travel throughout Tunisia using public transport. Louages are cheap and fast and safe for single women. Louage, a French word meaning “rental”, are shared minibus taxis. Louage are sparsely decorated vans, and usually white, but sometimes yellow. Regardless of the body color, louage will have a single colored stripe alerting potential passengers to the type of transport they are. Louage depart only when filled with passengers, not at specific times. They can be hired at stations and each louage plies a set routes. The fares are set by the government.
- There are tour agencies that have ongoing tours for groups and private travelers. The south of Tunisia is very different from the north. A reputable tour guide is advisable for the south of Tunisia and visitors are advised to avoid the regions adjacent to the Algerian and Libyan borders.
Tourism is well developed in Tunisia, although nothing to compare with countries like Egypt and Morocco. Hotel star ratings are not on par with European and US standards. Hotels in Tunisia are cheap and are of a high standard in relation to European destinations.
Tunisia is best visited in late spring or late autumn. The climate is temperate in north, with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. It is desert in south. However, the Tunisian Sahara is quite gentle climate-wise compared to other deserts.
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