Hi all, a friend of mine and I are heading to Tunisia for the first two weeks of April and I was wondering what you would consider the things 'not to miss' there. Carthage is obviously a must, but we've got a fairly good amount of time to travel around the country. We'd like to spend some time on beaches (we live in Scotland for most of the year and yes, it gets rather cold...) and make a foray into the Sahara. I'm not sure if this is totally far-fetched and unrealistic, but I would love love LOVE to see Tripoli. I know that getting a visa is difficult and adds to the expenses, but would it be worth it? Any advice would be much appreciated--thanks!
- Chott el Djerid: saltflats/lakes in the south, east of Tozeur. Some oases around Tozeur are also nice.
- Matmata Caves: also in the south, more towards the border with Libya
- Tunis medina/souq
- El Djem amfitheatre, almost as impressive as the one in Rome
- The northernmost border of the Sahara sanddunes, south of Douz
- Kairouan, one of the holiest cities in the islamic world
I'll also add the mountain oasis Tamarza, Chebika and Mides, with the canyon nearby. And the oasis Ksar Ghilane in the desert.
Enjoy your trip!
Sousse and El Jem are to be not missed as well. Going into Libya is easier if you plan ahead and have an agency prepare the visa for you. But it seems as though you'll be leaving soon, so this isn't an option anymore.
Also, whilst in Tunis, the suburb of Sidi Bou Said is very picturesque, and the Bardo museum has some great Roman artefacts, particularly mosaics.