Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Tunisia also has some fascinating places to stay: a luxury, air-conditioned camp site in the middle of the desert, a revamped, stylish rural dwelling on Jerba island, or old merchants’ inns with kaleidoscopic tiles and sunny courtyards. Though package tourism has brought jobs and relative prosperity to parts of the country, much of traditional local culture still grates uncomfortably against modern influences, so tread lightly and enjoy this diverse, fascinating country.
Some places of interest:
The Bardo museum is situated in the beautiful Ottoman palace in Tunis, and offers both itself and the exhibits to be admired. A tour around the museum is a tour through Tunisian history, though dominated by Punic, Roman and Christian periods. The collection of Roman mosaics in the Bardo museum is considered to be one of the best in the world.
Sidi Bou Said
Whitewashed cliff top village, enchantingly pretty and with dreamy coastal views. Sidi Bou said is one of those tourist traps that retains its charm no matter how many tourists walk the streets. Sidi Bou Said is really just the one main road, going up the hill, ending in many fantastically situated cafés overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and the marina of Sidi Bou Said.
Mazelike old city, centred on its great mosque, with a tangle of lanes and glittering souks.
Sidi Ali el-Mekki
Perhaps Tunisia’s loveliest beach – secluded, fronting deliciously turquoise waters, and close to caves housing a saint’s tomb.
Balmy, busy resort, basking by day and sizzling by night.
If you are interested in visiting this lovely country, go to www.medestino.com for your hotel booking.