Tunisia Discovery Guide

Overview

Tunisia is the northernmost country in the entire African continent. A large portion of the country is covered by the vast Sahara desert. It is bordered by the large nations of Libya to the east and southeast, Algeria to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. The name Tunisia is derived from Tunis, the largest and most important city as well as the capital of the country. Religion in this African state is predominantly Islam. Since the early history of man’s civilization, the city of Carthage had been a very important and strategic position in the Western Mediterranean.

Tunisia’s Good fortune

Compared to other African nations, especially if compared to its two giant neighbors, Tunisia is relatively more prosperous. Education is compulsory from the age of six up to sixteen. French is taught when a child reaches 8 and English at 12 years old. Compared to other Islamic nations, Tunisia is more tolerant to other cultures. The economy of the nation is very diverse, providing numerous employment and source of revenues for the state. Agriculture is predominant in the southern, eastern, and western part of the country. Mining is the main industry in the central part of the country. Manufacturing is the industry in Tunis and other large cities. Along the Mediterranean coast, offshore drilling for petroleum products is the main source of revenue. Apart from these, tourism is also a major industry, with the country’s mix of African and European cultures. Because of this, Tunisia has one of the highest GDP in the continent, as well as a very high per capita income.

Getting to Tunisia

Tunisia is easily accessible by air. The two most important airports, Tunis Carthago International Airport and Monasti International Airport, cater to daily flights from Europe by airlines such as Tunisair, Nouvelair, Sevenair, and Karthago Airlines. For sea travel, there are daily port calls by cruise ships and luxury liners plying the Mediterranean on Tunisia’s northern coast. Moreover, the interior of the country is well-furnished with excellent roads that provides for an excellent way to travel.

Places to Visit and Things to Do in Tunisia

When traveling to Tunisia, make sure that you have with you your loved ones to share the most breathtaking sights in Tunisia:

  • Tunis. Aside from being the nation’s capital, Tunis also is a sight to behold because of the contrasts it provides. The city is a motley of influences – European and African. The city is dotted by mosques, but the coastal areas are dotted by beach resorts which affords everyone a dip in the cool and pristine waters of the Mediterranean.


  • Carthage. The ancient ruins of Carthage is the modern-day suburb of Tunis. On the Byrsa Hill, you can still see the ruins of Punic houses. These and more are some of the vivid reminders of what was once a great empire to rival even the Romans.


  • Mountaineering to the north and west. The western and northern parts of Tunisia are a cultivated region dotted by rolling hills and the imposing Atlas mountain range. For most travelers, the area is an ideal place for trekking.


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