History and Culture in Tunisia

Tucked away in Northern Africa with a Mediterranean coastline between Malta and Italy, Tunisia is a holidaymaker’s dream.  The preserved ruins, the history and the culture are some of the reasons why a Tunisia holiday is becoming extremely popular among British tourists.

Architecture in Tunisia is a mix of Roman, Arab, Phoenician, and Byzantine influences from the 9th century. Though ancient, these buildings blend well with the new modern areas, allowing visitors to enjoy the comforts of the modern world, while walking away with a piece of history. This rich culture is superbly preserved and presented in The National Museum of Carthage, famous for its collection of marble sarcophagi.

The city in itself, Carthage, is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Tunisia. A former Phoenician colony, the town that used to be the largest trading post of the ancient world. Today Carthage is known for its bustling local market.

Any holiday to Tunisia must include a trip at the market. Tunisian merchants there sell a variety of spices, distinctive trinkets, woven rugs, and refined pottery but you may want to brush up on your bargaining skills before our trip, as haggling is a way of life in Tunisia.

Other historical sites to visit on your holiday include the El Jem, a town that boasts some of the most wonderful Roman amphitheatre ruins.  You will find other beautiful ruins while travelling   around the Tunisian countryside, such as the ruins of a Punic settlement at Kerkouane, which has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Matmata is another unique attraction that you won’t want to miss. This desert village is completely housed underground in cave abodes and was featured in the cult Star War movie; fans of the franchise will easily recognize the caves from the scenes that were set on fictional planet Tatooine.

Desert safaris are also quite popular for those planning Tunisia holidays because a large section of the Sahara desert can be accessed from the country as well as several other deserts that are linked from the towns of Touzeur and Douz, which make excellent starting points for a desert trek.  Many people choose to take historical train journals in restored wagons from 1904 across the desert where you can take in the beautiful landscape of the mountainous desert dunes and peaks.