Tunisia has become a popular holiday destination due to its geographical position, mild Mediterranean climate and relative stability. It is especially famous for its seaside resorts.
Geographical features of Tunisia
Tunisia is located in North Africa and part of its border runs along the Mediterranean coast. It is a relatively small country. Its area is 163 thousand square meters. km, and the population is about 10 million people. In the west, it borders with Algeria, in the southeast - with Libya. On the territory of Tunisia is the northernmost point of the African continent, located approximately at the same distance from the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The coastline of the country is 1148 km.
The relief of Tunisia is varied. In the north, in the area of the border with Algeria, the terrain is mountainous, in the central part it is flat. In the south lies the Sahara Desert. The highest point in Tunisia is Mount Jebel Shambi, which is 1544 meters high. The lowest point, the drying up salt lake of Chott el Garsa, is located 17 meters below sea level.
Climate and culture
Tunisia's climate varies according to location. In the north, a temperate climate with mild rainy winters and hot dry summers prevails, in the south it is very hot and arid. On the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea is the capital of the state, the city of Tunisia. In January, the average temperature in the capital is 6oC, in August - 33oC. There are very few large cities in the southern region of the country.
The vast majority of the population are Arabs. For some time, the state was under the protectorate of France, so Western influence is felt in Tunisian culture. Tunisia is called the crossroads between east and west, and it tries to maintain a balance between its rich Arab heritage and modern Western influences.
Popular resort cities on the Mediterranean coast
Tourism in the country is one of the fastest growing industries. All types of transport support operate in Tunisia: air lines, railways and roads. The resort towns on the coast are especially attractive for tourists.
In resort areas, the dress code is similar to any European city or tourist area. In other parts of Tunisia, dress more modestly.
Port El Kantaoui is one of the most important seaside resorts. Originally conceived as an upscale holiday destination, today it is known for its white buildings, cobbled streets, chic marina, golf courses and beaches.
On the east coast is the city of Sousse. It is an old town with many historical sights. It is also famous for its noisy oriental bazaars, beaches and an abundance of restaurants with French cuisine.
The old town of Sousse, the medina, is a World Heritage Site.
In the city of Hammamet in the 60s. The first hotel was built in the 20th century. Since then, the city has successfully developed as a resort. Its features include a long sandy beach strip, fish restaurants and golf courses. It combines old town charm with beachside cafes and discos.