Welcome to Tunisia

It is no longer a piece of land in the immensity of Africa, because Tunisia has such a diverse history and natural beauty for a country of its size.

Tunisia is situated in North Africa, at the crossroads of the eastern and western Mediterranean basins, between Algeria (West) and Libya (Southeast), south-west Italy (180 km from Sicily). With its mountainous north, steppest-like central west, salty (dry) lakes and desert all over the south, Tunisia has 1300 km of coastline from the border with Algeria to Libya.

Apart from Kairouan, Gafsa and Beja (located in the centre and south of the country), the main cities are located on the coast: Tunis, Sfax, Sousse, Bizerta, Gabes, (in order of importance). Tourist centres: Cartago, Djerba, Hammamet, Kebili, Ksar Haddad, Nabeul, Matmata, Monastir, Nefta, Port El Kantaoui (Sousse), Sidi Bou Said, Tozeur, Tabarka.

Tunisia has about 11 million inhabitants, including 2 in and around Tunis.

Political-administrative division: the country has more than 250 municipalities and 24 prefectures (civil governments) of which the most important are (in alphabetical order): Ariana, Ben Arous, Bizerta, El Kef, Gabes, Gafsa, Jendouba, Kairouan, Manouba, Nabeul, Sfax, Sousse, and Tunis.


  • Sidi Bou Said on the top of...

    by Nuno Madeira
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    The village of Sidi Bou Said, on top of a hill, stands out from all over Tunisia by its whitewashed walls with turquoise doors and windows and an imposing view over the Gulf of Tunis, which is …

  • Hammamet and growing tourism

    by Nuno Madeira
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    Tunisia has grown a lot in tourism in recent years, and when I visited it in 2006, the two major tourist areas were Hammamet in the north and the island of Djerba in the south. Hammamet is …

  • Antonine Baths, the Roman Spa

    by Nuno Madeira
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    After the visit to the Bardo Museum, and before heading to Sidi Bou Said, it was time for a short visit to the Antonine Baths complex (Termas de Antonino). These ruins reminded me of the ruins of …

  • Chott El Jerid, the Salt Lake

    by Nuno Madeira
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    Chott el Jerid is the largest lake in Africa and is one of many salt lakes in Tunisia having been created by tectonic movements of the earth’s crust 1.5 million years ago.

  • Tunis, the capital

    by Nuno Madeira
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    Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, has a compact and easy to explore centre on foot, with many shops and markets. Perhaps the best known and most visited by tourists is the Bardo Museum which contains the world’s …

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