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Tunisia, a Mediterranean jewel.

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Country of the Arab Maghreb, Tunisia is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the south-east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. Its name is derived from the capital, Tunis, located in the north-east. It is the smallest of the nations situated along the Atlas mountain range and the south of the country is composed of the Sahara desert.

The Tunisian currency is the Tunisian Dinar (1 € = 1.76 TND)

While travelling throughout the country, you should probably begin by Tunis, the capital, which is a great place to start. A combination of traditional and modern. Walk along the interlaced alleys of old Medina, and then, wander from corner to corner in the modern city boulevard!

For a sight at Tunisia’s fantastic past, make your way to the ancient cities like Le Kef, Dougga, Carthage, El Jem, or Sbeitla. Be sure to go to Hammamet (which is the cultural heart of the area and combine a rich historical past with traditions (the berber tradition) in a lively present.

Visit the magnificent Djerba, which is known as the legendary home of the 'lotus eaters' and Ulysses himself. Nowadays, it is a very famous tourist destination!

If you are interested in a little desert adventure, go to the towns bordering the great Sahara where are organised the desert safaris. An interesting stop is the oasis town of Douz. Its Thursday Camel Market is a must see! Douz is the gateway to the Sahara and has a unique charm.

And what about making a stop at the Troglodyte village of Matmata? (for the record Star War films have been recorded in this desert).

Other main cities of Tunisia: Sidi Bou Said, Sousse, Gammarth… Monastir, situated in the Sahel area, Tabarka a coastal town in the northwest, located between the mountains and the sea. Tozeur is an oasis and a city in central Tunisia. The city is located north-west of the Chott el-Djerid.

As every great culture, Tunisia has some food specialities that worth a try. We all know the kebab or the Couscous but there is other hundreds of dishes really mouth-watering. Tunisia presents a sun cuisine, based mostly on spices, olive oil, meat (primarily lamb), tomatoes and seafood. Taste the Brik, a fried Malsouka dough stuffed with tuna and egg, the Tajin, the Samsa or Kaak which are popular pastries ,without forgetting the shakshouka .

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