If you never yet visited Tunisia and learned this is the country in Africa, you might probably picture to yourself exotic landscapes - savannahs, lions, lianas... However this small country which is placed on the north of African continent will meet you with absolutely different things.
Tunisia is an arabic country, and everything there resembles you how fast time flies. Tunisia has kept the arabic spirit. It is felt even in the air. When your plane lands in Tunis–Carthage International Airport (placed in the capital of the country - Tunis) you feel the odor of essential oils mixed with oriental perfume, blooming trees.
Most of the tourists who come to the country won't stay in Tunis ( the capital). They take buses to go further - to the country resorts. The most popular direction for today has become Sousse. This ancient city which was found over 3,000 years ago may be called an icon of the perfect resort place. When you come to your hotel territory you see that the tile of the hotel garden is thoroughly cleaned with hands. Inch by inch, the hotel workers care about the beauty of the hotel, the garden and the beach.
Sousse is placed at Mediterranean coast and welcomes mostly European people. The choice of the tourists living in Italy, Spain, France, Germany is clear - Tunisia is close ( 576 miles from Italy), and the tours are cheap. In a low season the night in hotel may cost under $20, and this price includes buffet with hundreds of dishes from arabic and European cuisine. From various salads to roasted lamb and lobsters - the variants of tasty food become a pleasant surprise to the hotel guests. Classical dessert in Tunisia is dates (they grow everywhere in the country). Traditional national drink is green tea with mint. Hot summer Tunisian days always need something fresh. Although green tea is served hot, after you drink it you feel cool.
Tunisia has an ancient history. From the lessons of history everybody knows this land as Carthage. This city was a prosperous one and rich merchants lived there. It belonged to Phoenicians, but was destroyed in 146 BC 9 3rd Punic War). Those who come to Tunisia to see the places which have their own history should visit the place which was called once Carthage, and now ruins are scattered over the Bay of Tunis. Starting with "historical" tours you should not miss visiting Bardo National Museum which has got the collection on Tunisian art works and ancient treasures.
East has been always associated with market. In arabic it is called Souk. Visiting Medina District - the old city in Tunis you can shop for gold, spices, perfume, essential oils, fruit and sweets. There are several "pure Tunisian" souvenirs which tourists take home. The cheapest and the most sweet gift from Tunisia is a box of fresh dates. The other one, which is more expensive, is hookah or water pipe as Tunisians often call it when talking to tourists. The most expensive luxurious souvenir from this country is a woven handmade carpet. You can buy it on the Souk or take a tour to Kairouan - the city which is famous for its Berber carpets. Each year millions of Kairouan visitors buy there the best handmade things, and hundreds of shoppers return to their homes with a real woven Berber carpet.
Although Tunisia is an ancient place, it has European level of life and service. For years the country was a French colony, so most of people know French very well. Since 1990s the tourist business has been widening . The healing thalassotherapy has become one of the reasons why people go to Tunisia. The natural treatment with the sea water and mud has a really fantastic effect. The skin returns its turgor, becomes fresh and gets healthy look. Those who come from Tunisian thalassotherapy resorts look younger.
Tunisian Safari in Sahara Desert is an amazing trip to the place where bedouins in Tunisia live. You will ride 4X4 vehicles over the sandy Sahara and meet the sunrise. The sight is fantastic - when the sun rises, the desert changes its color shades each minute.
During you visit to Tunisia you should respect islamic traditions. Coming to the house, always take the shoes off. Women and men eat at different tables. The clothing you wear should be always neat and clean - thus you demonstrate you respect to other people. It is better not to offer alcohol to locals. Be generous with compliments to the house. Some of these rules will help you to spend the time you will never forget and probably get new friends from sunny Tunisia.