12 Reasons It's Time To Visit Tunisia

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Apr 18 2019 / 14:23 PM

It is home to the holy mosque of Uqba, which is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site

12 Reasons It's Time To Visit Tunisia

Aside from being the home of fashion favourites, former BAZAAR cover star Afef Jnifen and the late designer Azzedine Alaïa, Tunisia is a country steeped in rich history. From wondering through Roman ruins to visiting the Santorini-esque streets of Sidi Bou Said, we catch up with the team at The Residence Tunis who tell us 12 reasons why it’s time to book a trip to this North African-meets-Mediterranean escape...

1. Visit El Jem...

Only two hours from Tunis, El Jem is home to the third largest ampitheatre in the Roman world after those of Capua and Rome. It hosts the International Festival of Symphonic Music each summer. 

 

2. You won't want to miss Cape Angela either...

Cape Angela, the most northern point in Africa, is less than two hours away from the capital of Tunisia, Tunis. 

3. It's a year-round holiday destination...

Whilst April to October is perfect for sea and sun, autumn and spring are perfect for boat trips and adventure excursions. There are also a range of activities that can be enjoyed year-round from golf, water sports & kitesurfing to spa treatments at the Thalasso & Spa, visiting the medinas, museums and archaeological sites, Tunis offers a myriad of activities. There is also the option for horse rides, rock climbing, trekking, quad biking in the desert, thermal springs visits, scuba diving, art gallery tours and motorbike excursions. 

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4. The histroy...

Tunisia has more than 3000 years of history and has lived through civilizations from the Berbers to the Romans.

5. It's kinda famous, too...

The Tunisian desert was the birthplace of the original saga of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, the Monty Python, the English Patient and Gladiator were also shot in the Sahara.

6. Even NYC thinks it's a big deal...

Tunisia was ranked the 27th top destination to visit in the New York Times this year. 

The Residence Tunis

7. It's a profound spot in Islamic history...

The city Kairouan is the fourth most important city in the Islamic world after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. It was founded in 670 AD by Uqba Ibn Nafi. It is home to the holy mosque of Uqba, which is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

8. You won't leave hungry...

Tunisia was elected for the 5th time in the world champion of couscous at the 21st edition of the international contest Couscous Fest 

9. Africa kind of ows them a lot...

Tunisia, which was called Ifriqiya in the Middle Ages, gave its name to Africa

10. Their quest for democracy in the nation was widely received...

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

11. They're responsible for some of the most prolific moments in history...

Tunisia was the first Arab-Muslim country to abolish slavery in 1846, before other countries such as the United States (1865) or France (1848).

12. They support women's rights...

Thanks to the Code of Personal Status in Tunisia initiated by M. Habib Bourguiba and promulgated on August 13th 1956, Tunisia gave women a unique place in its society and in the Arab world in general. Through the years, modifications have been frequently introduced in the Code to reinforce it.

A treasure trove waiting to be discovered, Tunisia should be at the top of everyone's 2019 travel list.