Located on the northern coast of Africa, Tunisia is an underrated destination. From the UK, you can be there in as little as 3 hours – and it benefits from the glorious Mediterranean climate. But, with so many beautiful destinations in Europe, why should you choose an escape to Tunisia? Here are four surprising reasons:
1. It’s an affordable destination
Tunisia is perfect for people looking for something a little bit different, but on a budget. You can book return flights from as little as £200 – but your best bet is to book a package holiday for the best deal.
Once you’re there, exploring the country is affordable too. Taxis are cheap, and you can hire one for as little as 50 dinars (roughly £13) per hour. This means they often work out better than hiring your own car, with the added benefit of a personal driver. Just make sure you negotiate the price before you get in.
2. It has diverse and breathtaking scenery
Tunisia is well known for its beaches. The most popular beaches are located in Sousse and Djerba, but with over 1,000 kilometres of coastline there are plenty more for you to enjoy!
But there’s more to the Tunisia than the coast. If you venture inland, you’ll find glorious countryside and desert landscapes, as well as beautiful vineyards and ancient cities.
From the traditional tourist destinations, you can take a day trip to the world’s largest desert, the Sahara. Star Wars fans can also visit various filming locations across the country, including Luke Skywalker’s home – which is now a hotel.
3. It’s the perfect location for history buffs
Tunisia is home to many historic delights, it’s impossible to do them all justice in this post. One highlight is El Djem – a Roman amphitheatre that attracts history fans from across the globe. It is remarkably well preserved and the huge walls give you an insight into the majestic history of the Roman Empire.
The Berber towns and villages are another must-see. They can be found across Tunisia, their unique architecture built into mountains or dug into the ground. Many of the towns have been abandoned now, and the buildings are fragile, so visit while you still can.
4. It’s safe
Due to the threat of terrorism, the popularity of Tunisia as a tourist destination has fallen. However, the Tunisian government has worked very hard to ensure safety, improving security in its major cities and tourist destinations. As a result, Tunisia is now considered a safe destination for British tourists.
As with most destinations across the world, however, you should always remain vigilant – especially in remote areas. You should also avoid areas close to the border with neighbouring countries, Libya and Algeria.
Whatever your reasons for travelling to Tunisia, you will not be disappointed. It’s no coincidence that the country is one of the world’s top five fastest growing tourist destinations. There’s so much variety on offer, making it the perfect destination for families or groups of people with different interests. Good weather, food, shopping, sightseeing and beaches – Tunisia has it all.