Roman ruins, Arabic holy sites, and classic African medinas, you may not think Tunisia, but this little-known destination seems to have it all.
Tunisia may not be the first place that comes to mind at mention of the Mediterranean – but it should be up there. Tunisia has Roman ruins to compete with Italy itself, including the city of Dougga and the El Jem amphitheatre. Then there’s the medina of Tunis, grander even than that of Cairo, and the Kairouan pilgrimage site, second only to Mecca. The blue-white facades of Sidi Bou Said Andalous and the countryside olive groves may conjure Greece – but no. This is Tunisia, the little-known Mediterranean gem.
Tunisia travel highlights
Wander the ruins of Carthage
It doesn’t take much to picture this city as it appeared in the 9th century BCE, when it stood in all its ancient glory.
Go underground at Matmata
The Berber village at Matmata is one of a kind, with its underground dwellings built into the earth. It was also the site of the filming of Star Wars.
Make your way through Sousse
The oasis town of Sousse may seem like a mirage, but this beauty really does have a Grand Mosque, legendary tower and a centuries-old Kasbah.
Tunisia holiday information
Local culture of Tunisia
Geography & environment
Shopping guide to Tunisia
Tunisia festival calendar
Food & drink in Tunisia
Tunisia travel FAQs
- Australia: Yes - on arrival
- Belgium: No - not required
- Canada: No - not required
- Germany: No - not required
- Ireland: No - not required
- Netherlands: No - not required
- New Zealand: Yes - in advance
- South Africa: Yes - on arrival
- Switzerland: No - not required
- United Kingdom: No - not required
- USA: No - not required
At the time of writing all Western European countries, Americans, Canadians, Irish and Japanese can get a free 3 month visa at the Libyan/Tunisian border crossing of Ras El-Jedir. Australians can also get a 3 month visa at this border without any trouble but must pay a fee of $6 US. New Zealand citizens are required to apply for a visa before arriving into the country as visas aren't available at the border. They should check with their Tunisian embassy to ascertain the most recent requirements.
Please note that it won't be possible to enter Tunisia with Israeli stamps in your passport.
Tipping is expected of you in Tunisia for services at restaurants and for drivers, porters and hotel staff. Avoid offending anyone by leaving some extra change for their hard work.
You’ll have good internet access in large cities where there is Wi-Fi and internet cafes. However service may be harder to find in rural and remote areas.
You’ll have good mobile coverage in major cities and towns, but service can be patchy outside these areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
While there are Western-style toilets at some hotels and touristy establishment, most toilets are of the squat variety. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Cup of coffee in a coffeehouse = 1-2 TND
- Street food snack = 2-3 TND
- Basic lunch at a cafe = 6-10 TND
- Dinner in a restaurant = 15-20 TND
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Tunisia. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card at some hotels, large shops and restaurants, however you’ll require cash to make purchases from most local vendors.
Tunisia has ATMs in its major centres however they are less common in rural and remote areas.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/tunisia/public-holidays