Tunisia: Desert Rose
One of the first points on the path of conquering the African continent is Tunisia. A country in which there is an ancient history, and the Mediterranean Sea, and white beaches, and mirages of the Sahara, and thalassotherapy centers. There is simply no time to be bored there!
Tunisia has several resort cities where you can relax. We will introduce you to the benefits of some of them. And you have to choose where to spend your vacation.
Oops, oops, Africa, like Europe!
Remembering the name of the capital of Tunisia is very easy, because it is called Tunisia. And the first impression of this city: yes it is almost Europe! Tunisia has long been called Arab Paris: highways of the European level, ground metro, stadiums, theaters, cutting-edge shopping centers, small and respectable restaurants (slightly unexpected for our idea of Africa). The visiting card of the city is the famous Bardo Museum, which presents a rich collection of beautifully preserved ancient Roman mosaics. Another characteristic of Tunisia is the large number of police officers on the streets, which are mostly women! It is believed that ladies are more correct in their treatment, and for the capital, political correctness is question number 1. Perhaps this explains the fact that the country has a very low crime rate.
Previously, there were arches of the legendary Carthage From Tunisia along the Tunisian bay there is a chain of suburbs, among which the resort town of Gammart stands out. There are mainly four- and five-star hotels.
20 minutes from Tunisia is the legendary Carthage, a Punic city, founded in 814 BC. Queen Elissa. It was the capital of a state that rivaled Rome. On the famous Birsa hill, at the foot of which the queen Elissa landed, archaeologists unearthed one of the quarters of Carthage, in which, according to legend, the great commander Hannibal was born. In some areas of the former Carthage, the local population is now building houses for themselves (this is the elite area of La Mars).
The white and blue town of Sidi Bou Said, where tourists are transported along the road to Carthage, is also worthy of attention. This is a kind of Beverly Hills: it is located on a mountain and there, enjoying the view of the surroundings, the elite live. In this place the local bohemia also likes to spend time: artists, poets, writers. A unique view of the Tunisian Gulf opens from the cafe, hanging over the cliff. It serves an unforgettable specialty peppermint tea with nuts …
Second in importance
Two hours drive from the capital of Tunisia on the east coast is one of the oldest cities in the country – Sousse. It was created by the Phoenicians in the 9th century BC. and was important as an important Mediterranean trading port. But, despite the history of many thousands, today it is one of the most modern and popular resorts in Tunisia.
Any of these ceramic plates will decorate the walls of your home. The soft climate and beautiful coast fascinated many people who set foot on this earth. The Phoenicians, Byzantines, Vandals, Crusaders and Arabs settled here and enriched the old city with their customs and traditions. Now Sousse is like a historical treasury – architecture, cuisine, life here is multinational. Embark on a short trip through this amazing city, they are waiting for you: Ribat – a monastery-fortress, founded in 780; Mdina Sousse, famous for the Kalef Al Fatah tower, built in 859 (if you climb the 30-meter tower, a wonderful view of the surroundings opens up from a height). In the old town, tourists are greeted by colorful shops selling silver jewelry, woolen blankets, funny copper baubles and colorful rugs.
Italic life in Sousse is organized at the highest level, as evidenced by the Port El Kantaoui tourist complex with its own artificial harbor for yachts. By the way, the local sandy beaches in Tunisia are considered the best. The entertainment program will include amusement rides, Caraibe casinos, a golf course, restaurants (you can taste Tunisian cuisine at La Caprise). And for the sweet tooth in Sousse, the “Ice Cream House” (Casa Delgelata) works, where there are always more than 100 varieties of cold dessert on sale.
Orthodox church in the capital of Tunisia One of the holidays you must spend in Monastir. And for this it is not necessary to give up worldly pleasures. Ask director George Lucas about this: it was in these places that he shot the first part of the Indiana Jones series, as well as several initial episodes of Star Wars. In addition to work, the famous director loves to relax in this port city.
In ancient times, the Phoenician port of Ruspin (one of the main military bases of the Roman commander Tsezarya) was located at this place. In the V century, the Byzantines built a powerful fortress here to protect the commercial port. The garrison of the fortress was made up of warrior monks. Because of them, the city was called Monastir.
The main historical attraction of Monastir is Ribat Khar-tem, a defensive structure of the 7th century, which later became part of the powerful fortress that defended the city in the Middle Ages.