Trip to Tunisia
Tunisia is one of those resort countries whereTourists are not very much, as on the untwisted directions, and tours here are much cheaper. But the most important thing that attracts vacationers from around the world is thalassotherapy. The legacy of the French in cosmetology and SPA procedures, supplemented by national color, will allow you to return from the weekend rejuvenated and fit. More about this, as well as the most interesting places to visit and the resorts, read below.
Where is Tunisia? Tunisian location
By washing the Mediterranean Sea from the north and east,Tunisia has a coastline length of 1298 km. The territorial boundaries he shares with Algeria in the west and Libya in the southeast. The Sahara desert occupies a third of the country (in the south), here the nomadic Berber tribes live. In the north of the Tunisian republic (this is the official name of Tunisia) there are spurs of the Atlas mountains.
The climate of Tunisia
In Tunisia it's hot, but because of the dryness of the air, the heatIs transferred easier. The more refreshing you will be a light sea breeze, so the unbearable heat will not spoil the overall picture of the rest. In the resort zone in the north of the country the climate is subtropical Mediterranean, and in the center, which is occupied by the Sahara, is a desert tropical.
In summer the temperature reaches +33 - +38? C. You can swim from May to November. If you go here in the velvet season in September-October, then take with you warm clothes. Evenings at this time are already cool.
Visit visa for Tunisia
There is a visa-free regime. All you need to cross the border is a passport that has "3 months left" in reserve. Do not forget to drop in at the notary's office before you leave to issue a permit for the child's removal, if you eat without a second parent.
The main resorts of Tunisia
Tunisia has long been at the intersection of importantTrade routes between East and West. Therefore, except for oriental hospitality, sweets and color, resorts in this country can offer you the European rhythm of life, clubs and bars, as well as thalassotherapy procedures at a price two to three times lower than in France, where it originates. Each of the sea cities is attractive in its own way.
Sousse - this is the place where you can come off atFull reel, but do not waste all your savings in the first two days. Clubs, discos, bars work here until dawn. Girls go in open dresses, and young men - lose their heads from permissiveness. Arabs here treat all of the above condescending, not as it would have been expected in the "old city". In the medina in this form it is better not to show up! Hotels are presented in a variety of categories: three-, four- and five-star. But the "five", to put it mildly, do not hold out for these five stars, so it's better to choose between the "troika" and the "four". Another argument in their favor - crazy animation, which will not give boredom to anyone. Sousse is equidistant from the favorite places of visit by tourists, and therefore it is convenient to make excursions from here.
Pay attention to the following places in Sousse:
- Old city ("medina");
- The Ribat Mosque, built in 780;
- Tourist complex Port El Kantaoui.
Hammamet as a high-end resort wasAll times. Here, the peace and solitude of "the powerful of this world" were found, Roosevelt and Marshal Romel, the famous artists Sophia Loren and Franco Zeffirelli returned here more than once to rest their body and soul. By the way, now is the summer residence of the President of the Republic of Tunisia. This fact is the best indicator of where in Tunisia is the most equipped, developed and "qualitative" in all respects the resort. European and Arabian motifs are subtly intertwined in the architecture of the city, as manifested in multi-modern hotels in Yasmine (city district) and white Arabian villas with round domes. Natural beauty is not inferior to man-made: jasmine, orange, cypress, lemon orchards create not only a unique aroma, but also stunning views. Who wants to find pacification, will be able to find him in the centers of thalassotherapy. For those who crave new acquaintances and fun pastime, it is worth to visit the local discos and bars.
The southernmost resort and the only island in TunisiaIs called Djerba. From here you can admire the sunset, which hides in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea (the only place where such seascapes open). From the island you can reach the Sahara, if you want to see the endless sands and nomadic cities of the Berbers. It's always a couple of degrees warmer than the whole of Tunisia. On the island of Djerba, families with children like to have a rest because of sandy beaches with lush vegetation and a gentle descent into the sea, its small depth.
Do not miss the opportunity to get on Djerba in:
- The oldest synagogue in Africa, El-Griba (more than 2,000 years old), which contains the oldest copy of the Torah;
- Fort Bordzh-el-Kebir;
- A place called Gellala, where there are pottery workshops.
It is impossible not to recall the capital of this state- the city of Tunisia. If even your hotel will not be located in this city, highlight the day and visit it with an excursion group. After all, on its territory is Carthage - a city that is older than Rome for 60 years. It is the one about whom the phrase was uttered by the commander, Cato: "And yet Carthage must be destroyed!" Today, the ruins of Carthage are the outskirts of Tunisia, the center of tourist pilgrimage. The Roman amphitheater at this place, which used to host the gladiator fights, is considered the most surviving in the whole world. Certain value is the term Antonina - a resort complex in which the emperors "corrected" health. The most controversial place on the territory of the ancient city is Tophet, which is an altar for sacrifices.
But Carthage is not the only attraction. You will have something to do and after you visit it. In Tunisia every tourist should do the following:
- Visit the Zitoun mosque, the religious symbol of Tunisia;
- Go to the Catholic Cathedral;
- Photographed against the backdrop of the Tunisian Big Ben;
- Visit the National Museum of Bardo;
- Pray in the Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of Christ;
- Marvel at the "aerial-zephyr" architecture of the National Drama Theater.
The most important highlight in Tunisian cuisineIs tuna. It is added anywhere: in the first, second and even - dessert in the form of baking! There is a version according to which the country received its name from the word "tuna". In addition to dishes with tuna, you should definitely try couscous. This Arab dish of wheat cereals and "stuffing" in the form of vegetables, meat, fish, seafood is reminiscent of something more familiar to us, pilaf. Interesting and the way it is prepared - all the ingredients are languishing in a common tank for a long time. Keep in mind that in all dishes are placed a lot of spices and seasonings. Tunisians are accustomed to spicy food, so almost do not notice the severity of dishes, but you will have to stock up on a decanter with water during the first sample of their national cuisine.
In addition to Arabic cuisine, Tunisia is represented byFrench, because the country has been a colony of France for a long time. Delicious latte with an air croissant - a classic of the French genre, in Tunisian cafe is in no way inferior to the original.
Briefly about the important:
- Especially comfortable here will feelThose who speak French. In this case, the language barrier with the local population does not arise, since most of them freely speak it.
- Do not forget that Tunisia is a Muslim country, andBecause adhere to the elementary rules of religious etiquette: do not go in swimsuits or short, tight clothes on the streets of the city (beaches and discos do not count).
- Tunisian mosques are not open to visits by Muslims, but the part in which believers pray is closed to them.
- Thalassotherapy is the cheapest in the world, butIts dignity is not only in this: it is in Tunisia that fresh sea mud is used for procedures, while everywhere - only powders that are bred immediately before use.
In Tunisia, you can bring your thoughts in order,Enjoying magnificent views and relaxing over the ruins of ancient civilizations, and improve your physical condition by visiting the thalassotherapy and spa centers. Is this what you expect from your holiday? Then Tunisia is what you need.