Tunisia

Desert forts, superb beaches, colourful bazaars, Berbers, vivid dance festivals – Tunisia could be a movie set

When you picture Tunisia, do you imagine tiny figures crossing an immense sea of sand, or colourful bazaars thronging with people haggling, street performers, music and exotic fragrances? Or do you see beaches and Star Wars?

There are so many different aspects of Tunisia that will inspire your imagination and fill it – and your camera’s memory – full of unforgettable images.

Travel, by camel, through the serenity of the Great Eastern Erg and you’ll be struck by the immensity and the awesome silence of the desert. You’ll also discover ancient troglodyte dwellings tucked underground away from the burning eye of the sun, and ksour – Arabic for castles – the enigmatic, fortified adobe strongholds of the desert. All part of a landscape that many movie buffs will recognise; films like Stars Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark were shot here.

History enthusiasts will be similarly charmed. There any numerous sites with spectacular Roman and classical ruins, and we suggest a trip to the BARDO museum in Tunis; a collection that will give you a fabulous insight into the extent and sophistication of local Roman residences.

Tunisia is also the place to buy local handicrafts, carpets and Kilims, ceramics and jewellery – as well a great place to catch high energy dance and music, poetry, theatrical and art festivals for which Tunisia is famed.

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