Tunisia travel story

For the discovery of Tunisia, I joined a proposal organized by a well-known tour operators, seven days in a predetermined path that touched the most intererssanti places of this African country. The point of departure and final destination of the tour was the island of Djerba. From here we went by bus to reach the African continent using a ferry and across the bridge that connects the island to Zarzis.

The first destination was Douz after a brief stop at the city of Gabes with a visit to its souks. Douz is called the "gateway to the desert" not surprisingly, here you have the distinct feeling of a border where the land ends and the sand begins, a sea of dunes that look like gold, very impressive. The next stop was Tozeur with passage on the great salt lake of Chott el Jedir a long, long 120 km wide depression all covered with salt, where water is present only in the winter.

Along the only road that crosses the lake, in a central position with respect to the same lake, there is a small stopping point for tourists with the usual sellers of desert roses. Touzer, ancient Roman Thozuros, is a lively town, tourist development. Even from here many trips to the south although the sandy desert of the Sahara is not so close. In one of these excursions, made with off-road (half a day), it was possible to reach a point where very often you can see the classic "mirage", that is, the phenomenon that in particular climatic and soil conditions generates an optical effect it is perceived as the presence of water. The photos in question present in the photo does not do justice to this characteristic phenomenon, but I assure you that the perception of the presence of a lake in the desert rocks is real (see album of southern Tunisia).

In the film there is a time when Luke and Obi-Wan protagonists come at a spaceport where they try boarding a spaceship and meet Han Solo. This unlikely city was built here in Tunisia in a desert area and is available to tourists who can admire some remains from the truth because very little is left still standing. The next city we visited was Gafsa, a quick pass with a stop only in the medina.

Continuing our journey north we have come to Sbeitla near which lie the ruins of the Roman city of Sufetula. The archaeological site contains the remains of important public buildings, the large hole, the triumphal arch, thermal baths, the theater, etc. Roman municipality, then the colony; bishopric, it was an important center of Christian life.
Proseguenda we reached Kairouan, a must for every tour, the ancient capital of Tunisia founded in 670 A.D. The city remembers the glory days through its imposing mosque with the powerful minaret well preserved. Kairouan is the fourth holiest city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem, and is the destination of many Muslims with pilgrimages, in 1998, UNESCO has entered this city a World Heritage Site. The tour continues heading straight north to Tunis and nearby Carthage, ancient and important cities of the ancient world completely destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC Today what remains of this glorious city is very little compared to what was to be at the time.

The city of Tunis has connotations typically Mediterranean, where tradition and modernity are mixed not only in architecture but also among the locals, still prevail typically Arab customs but the Western consumerism is now clear and increasingly present with its canons and lifestyles ...... .. Worthy of careful visit is the Bardo Museum, the city's pride and Tunisia as the second most important museum of the African continent after Cairo. In it are preserved relics, statues, friezes, steles, sarcophagi and mosaics ranging from prehistory to the nineteenth century. Remember deserves the section on the first floor is dedicated to Carthage with numerous statues of Roman gods, portraits of Emperor Hadrian and several mosaics. Just the mosaics are the most represented in the museum exhibits and from different areas of Tunisia between II and VI century and representatives gods, characters (Ulysses, the cyclops, etc.) or stories of everyday life.
Near the capital we find the peaceful village of Sidi Said Daud fishermen who today has become the meeting place for artists, the youth of the middle class and tourists looking for quiet holidays, features its internal streets with very white buildings and doors and windows strictly blues ......  From Sidi Said Duad we take the road south through the famous seaside resort, and not only of Hammamet and subsequently that of Monastir.Finally we reach the town of El Jem with its large Roman amphitheater (the third largest) with its arches, staircases, buttresses and underground chambers. The remains even if partial but still gives an idea of how large and impressive was this structure. After this visit the tour ends and the last transfer brings us to the island of Djerba for a stop to the sea and an inevitable turn for the last souvenirs in the town of Houmt Souk.


Photo albums

Album that collects photographs more interesting, curious and characteristics of Tunisia captured during my trip in this colorful land.

Curiosity

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Climate

Tunis climate graph, month by month with precipitation, days of rain, sunshine, etc.


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