TUNISIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Tunisia, officially the Republic of Tunisia, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Its northernmost point, Cape Angela, is also the northernmost point on the African continent.
Deep blue waters of the Mediterranean, sheer cliffs, sunny skies and old cities with exotic souks full of the magic of Arabian nights – carpets, perfume, incense, spices, copper and brass, gold and silver. A warm and friendly people who live in the heart of the Mediterranean, whose civilization and culture developed and grew with new influences absorbed the from both the east and the west - from Phoenicians to the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and the French; a country resplendent with a heritage of Punic and Roman ruins and medieval cities.
Tourism is pretty well developed in Tunisia, although not on par with other countries like Egypt and Morocco. You can easily travel independently in Tunisia using public transport although the south of Tunisia is very different from the north. A reputable tour guide is advisable for the south of Tunisia and visitors are advised to avoid the regions adjacent to the Algerian and Libyan borders where kidnappings have been reported.
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TUNISIA QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Tunis
- Currency: Tunisian Dinar (TND)
- Area: 163,610 km²
- Population: 11,57 million (2018)
- Language: Arabic (official and one of the languages of commerce), French (commerce)
- Religion: Muslim 98%, Christian 1%, and Jews 1%
- Electricity: 127-220V/50Hz (European plug)
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TUNISIA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 14 January, Anniversary of the Revolution and Youth Day (2011)
- 20 March, Independence Day
- 21 March, Youth Day
- 9 April, Martyrs’ Day
- 1 May, Labour Day
- 25 July, Republic Day
- 13 August, Women’s Day
- 15 October, Evacuation Day
TUNISIA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Tunisia’s climate varies due to the country’s diverse geography, which can be divided into three regions. The northern mountainous region has a Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The south has a hot, dry, and semiarid climate as it enters the Sahara Desert, while the eastern coastal border has an arid steppe climate. Rainfall also varies by region, with average annual rainfall at 158 mm per year for the whole country, but less than 100 mm annually in the south and over 700 mm annually in the north. Historically, average temperatures likewise vary seasonally and regionally; in the northern coastal region temperature ranges from a low of 10°C in the winter months (December to February) to a high of 27°C in the summer months (June-August), while in the central western and southern regions temperature ranges from a winter low of 11°C to a summer high of 32°C.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN TUNISIA
You can enjoy outdoor activities in Tunisia from March to October, although the months of July and August can be rather hot.
BEACH OPTIONS IN TUNISIA
Tunisia has some beautiful beaches with a swimming season from May to October. Just be mindful of the jellyfish season which lasts from middle of July to September.
SURFING IN TUNISIA
Tunisia has a fairly unexplored surf coast, but you can find plenty of surf spots and consistent swell during the winter.
KITESURF IN TUNISIA
The most popular place for kitesurfing in Tunisia is the island of Djerba. The best season for kiting is from May to October.
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