Tunisia is a relatively young tourist country. Its intensive development began only in the 1980-s. But in historical terms, it is one of the oldest resorts in the world. It existed even in times of the Phoenicians, the Ancient Egyptians, and the Romans. Tunisia is a land with 1,200 km of sandy beaches, hundreds of modern hotels, excellent sources of thermal waters, modern spa centers, as well as many historical monuments.

Tunisia is the country's capital and its main port, located on the shores of the lake. This is a very original city, which combines modern spa centers, the traditional Muslim architecture, numerous markets and great museums. The center of Tunisia is a walled medina where the tourists will see the spiritual heart of the country, Jami ez-Zeitun Mosque, surrounded by numerous madrasas. If Tunisia is the first Arab country you are going to visit, Medina certainly deserves special attention. Unlike the coast and the fashionable resorts of Hamameta, Kelebia or Monastir, there are not many tourists, and it is here that you can feel a real Arab Maghreb. This part of the city is known for its leisurely lifestyle with bazaars, lively squares, mosques, Turkish baths, and madrasas. Ask your Tunisian tour operator to arrange a tour around the capital city with a professional tour guide.

The narrow streets, mosques, markets and shops of Medina are the main attraction of the city. Nearby is the Suq al-Attarin, the most exotic quarter of the city, which grew up on the site of a medieval market. Multicolored marble buildings and decorated palaces of Dar Othman have been preserved here. The Museum of Applied Arts, the City Museum of Art and Folk Traditions keep record of the country’s unique culture. Other historic structures include Yusuf Bey Mosque and Hamouda Pasha, the mausoleum of Sidi Mahreza, the Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul, and the oldest building in the city Dar al-Haddad.

Historical heritage of the country is huge and attracts the visitors with the ruins of the terms of Antoninus Pius, one of the largest resorts of the ancient time, numerous Roman villas, the remains of the Capitol, the amphitheater for 50 thousand spectators, the ancient cemetery on the site of the temples of Baal and Tanita, as well as numerous ancient port facilities, which stretch along the coast. Most of the buildings of the ancient period are severely damaged. Other popular places are the ruins of Byzantine churches, the Cathedral of St. Louis, and the Cathedral of St. Cyprian.
One can also visit Zigvan with its ruins of the Temple Water Forum, the Capitol, the market, and the temple of Mercury.

The pearl of Tunisia is the town of Sidi Bou Said, which finds its shelter at the foot of the cliff. It offers stunning views of the capital and the surrounding area. This is a delightful place to stroll among the narrow cobbled streets lined with old stone slabs.

Hammamet is an ancient fishing port and one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country, situated on the coast. Its main historical attractions include the quadrangular castle on the beach with a large mosque and a market. In the southern part of the city there is a young resort area of Yasmine Hammamet. The infrastructure is well-planned here, with many institutions, the modern Medina, children's entertainment center Karfagoland, a landscaped urban park with fountains, diving centers and numerous discotheques, casinos, restaurants and a golf club. It offers a wide variety of boating and water sports. On the northern coast, there are rocky beaches, surrounded by cliffs, reefs and historic ruins.

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