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Tunisia : Michelin's recommendations

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Located between Algeria and Libya, Tunisia is the smallest of the Maghreb countries with an area corresponding to just one-third of France. But its landscapes are extremely varied: dunes in the Sahara and lush oases, chott, sebkhet and salt lakes, steppes and canyons worthy of the American West, oak forests and rich meadow lands in Kroumirie. All these wonders are within your reach - in a 300km radius - for example from the charming fishing port of Mahdia.
Since the so-called Jasmine Revolution of January 2011, this country famed for its leading tourist industry has been focused on political and social reorganisation. But Tunisia remains the oldest political entity in Africa, along with Egypt, its borders having stayed nearly the same as they were 2 500 ago! In Antiquity, the capital at Carthage was one of the main powers in the Mediterranean. Hannibal was feared by Rome and went so far as to cross the Alps with his army and his elephants.
While the vestiges of this civilisation, which the Romans finally assimilated into their Empire, are still fascinating to us, it is perhaps the south of the country that holds the greatest appeal for Westerners in search of a change of scenery, with the Sahara, its oases, troglodyte dwellings, fortified granaries (called ksour), traditional oil presses and, naturally, the mythical island of Djerba!
A melting pot of civilisations, and historically often invaded, Tunisia is the product of multiple influences, which may explain its open-mindedness and tolerant attitude. It is not unusual for Tunisians to invite you into their home for couscous or even to a family celebration.

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Tunisia : Must-see towns and regions

  • Tozeur

    As a result of the date trade, Tozeur was once an important staging post on the caravan route across the Sahara. It also happens to stand in the middle of one of the world’s most beautiful oases. The ...

  • Bizerte

    An industrial centre, strategic port and seaside resort all in one, Bizerte has started to embrace tourism while attempting to maintain its authentic feel. For the past few years it has, with good rea...

  • Sousse

    While its huge white sandy beach, stretching the length of the town, and its restored medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attract over half a million visitors a year, Sousse, the third largest conur...

  • Douz

    Douz, a tiny oasis on the edge of the Sahara, is an ideal base from which to explore this huge desert, where locals will inundate you with numerous excursion options. Before heading off on your desert...

  • Ksar Ouled Soltane

    The Ksar Ouled Soltane, with its granaries built on four floors, is laid out around two highly photogenic courtyards. The stone façades here have been concealed beneath an outer protective layer, givi...

  • This mountain village, with its red roofs and steep streets, stands at an altitude of 800m, nestled in a verdant setting on the slopes of Jebel Bir (1 210m). Aïn Draham has few sights of interests, bu...

  • Kelibia

    By climbing to the top of Kelibia’s 6C fortress, you will be rewarded with a view of this small fishing village and the beautiful beaches in the surrounding area. In August every year an International...

  • Tabarka

    Located on the shores of the Mediterranean at the foot of the Kroumirie mountains, Tabarka offers visitors the pleasures of both the sea and the hills. Discover the wonderful array of fish, coral and ...

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