Tunisia is one North African destination that has enjoyed a tourism boom of late. Holidaymakers looking for a blend of unspoilt beaches, colorful markets and atmospheric restaurants will find this sun-drenched spot ideal.

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It’s not too hard to see why Tunisia is such as popular vacation destination. This country is bursting with activities and sightseeing opportunities set amidst some of the most idyllic scenery imaginable. The resort beaches are of course a major attraction and the good news is that this country boasts year round high temperatures in which to enjoy the sand, sea and watersports.

Some of Africa’s best beaches

If your idea of bliss it to relax on the beach, lapped by warm waters, this is an everyday reality in Tunisia. Raf Raf in Bizerete is arguably one of the best stretches of pristine sand and is where locals come to enjoy some time out for the family. The palm-tree fringed island of Djerba offers soft sands with clear turquoise waters — and don’t be surprised to find camels wandering along the beaches. If you’re a watersports enthusiast you’ll find activities galore, including scuba diving, canoeing and sailing at Monastir Beach.

What to see

If you can tear yourself away from the beaches you’ll find plenty of sightseeing opportunities including many that will be recognizable from famous films. Tunisia’s dramatic deserts, salt lakes and mountain scenery have all been used in blockbusters such as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Life of Brian and The English Patient to name a few.  The coastal areas are picturesque and Hammamet is probably one of the best in which to explore the traditional whitewashed villages. The ancient Medina of Sousse is an archaeological town and military complex with a number of important monuments that can be viewed after navigating the maze of alleyways and paths.

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Daily activities

If you love outdoor activities you can not only enjoy a wide range of watersports but also land-based sports such as golf, horse riding and quad biking. If you’re interested in shopping then you should head for the traditional souks. You can find some of the best marketplaces selling inexpensive goods in Nabeul, Hammamet and in the Sousse Medina. There is an abundance of places to eat in Tunisia whether you are looking for atmospheric little eateries or chic restaurants with beautiful sea views. Try out the dining establishments at the glamorous Hammemet marina and this will quickly become your favorite nightly spot to relax and eat.

Tunisia has been a playground for the rich and famous for many years but the excellent value for money means that everyone can enjoy this fascinating country. This is an all year round vacation hotspot and you’ll be able to enjoy all of those activities and excursions no matter when you visit.

Images by ahisgett and snake3yes, used under Creative Commons license.

Holly Wright is a travel journalist and lover of Arabic-speaking countries. Her favorite ones are Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. She has a daughter and two sons.

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