Most likely, Tunisia makes you think of beaches lined with palm trees and coastal areas adjusted to the highest standards. Despite the general belief, the country offers much more than trees, dunes and beaches. If you step beyond popular areas on the Mediterranean coast, you will reveal a less known Tunisia, a country shrouded in mystery, that many tourists do not know they exist. A journey off the crossed path can be an interesting option for tourists in search of adventure.
Dating back more than 700 years, the holy city of Sidi Bou Said offers countless opportunities for the visitor’s delight. Cobblestone streets, houses with facades painted in white and blue, windows filled with colorful flowers that seem detached from a story from long gone times. For a relaxing vacation, tourists should consider coming here in the off-season when you do not run into giddy characters in shorts walking aroubnd with cameras hanging from the neck. After dreamy views of the Meditereanean Sea, a walk in the surroundings will offer you the chance to better appreciate the dreamlike and extremely relaxing atmosphere. It is not by chance that this destination serves as inspiration for poets, writers, musicians and artists from all areas!
Museums, tamarinds and the water springs
Irrigated by more than 200 springs, Tozeur Oasis is one of the most beautiful attractions in Northeast Africa. Its lush vegetation, rocks and its narrow paths covers an area of over 400 hectares, offering the visitors an escape from the landscape of the overcrowded beaches. “Dar Cherait” Ethnological Museum allows tourists to appreciate the local way life. Inside of it, you will discover traditional costumes and will manage to understand the local habits, such as wedding parties, old jewelry, vases, pottery and ancient weapons.
Salt and mirages
After a visit in Tozeur, a stop at Chott-el-Jerid is required. Not many views compare to those offered by the magic silver and purple reflections, issued by the thick blanket of salt. Consequently, wearing sunglasses is not a bad idea. The occasional mirage is not uncommon around these places. Do not forget to take your photo camera with you: colors change at different times of the day here, veiling everything in a really magical light that will make this scenery unique and spectacular - like you will not encounted something similar anywhere in the world, but in these places.
The goats and camels fair
Located at the edge of the desert, Douz is the place where you can admire a camel race in the Sahara desert. Even the sunset beyond the horizon, located behind the sand dunes is a show in itself. Tourists who want to socialize with the locals must make a visit to the market which is organized and frequented by nomadic herders, goats and camels. Another attraction is represented by the "International Sahara Festival", an event where folk music is played traditionally, where weddings are being organizes and greyhounds are sent to hunt beyond the dunes.
Lakes, forests and oases
There is a part of Tunisia which is gaining in popularity and is completely different from touristic Tunisia. It is an area located in the North - a place known as the "Green Tunisia" -, where the city of Tabarka is located. Blessed by a Mediterranean climate, the landscape here abounds in magnificent forests and lakes.
A vist here will nevertheless offer an incredible experience, different from what you have known from touristic guides. It’s all about the seductive and magic atmosphere and the serene way of life of the locals.
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