Any traveler to Tunisia can be overwhelmed by the number of sites and museums to visit during your tour. One of the great things about traveling through Tunisia is that it is a small country and travelers can visit more sites and spend less time on the road traveling between destinations. Obviously we encourage travelers to spend at least one to two weeks enjoying the beauty and diversity of this country instead of racing through it. But if you are looking to hit some of the highlights, then here are 5 recommended sites on your Tunisia tour.
1. Bardo Museum: Travelers to Tunis should not miss a stop at the world-famous Bardo museum. This museum hosts numerous mosaics and statues with artifacts from Punic, Roman, and Islamic periods. You should plan on a few hours to slowly wander through the many rooms to enjoy the variety of objects on display. The museum is not yet fully open due to renovations but there are rumors that they will be completed soon.
2. El Jem – This is said to be the best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world. In 230 AD, the Romans began to construct the amphitheater and after eight years it was completed with seating for over 30,000 spectators. Visit the nearby museum to see the numerous artifacts found in the area and to learn more about this fascinating site.
3. Kairouan – The most important Islamic city in Tunisia, and it is said to be the oldest Muslim city in the Maghred. The city contains the Grand Mosque of Okba which dates around 800 AD. The ancient medina, a UNESCO world heritage site, should be included in every Kairouan visit.
4. Dougga – Located 100 km southeast of Tunis sits the UNESCO world heritage site of Dougga. This large Roman site dates to around the 2nd or 3rd century AD, but its history goes back to the 2nd Century BC because of the Libyo-Punic Mausoleum found at this site. The site contains a theater that could have sat 3500 people as well as baths and temples.
5. Djerba Island – Found in Southern Tunisia and Africa’s largest Mediterranean island, the island of Djerba has a unique combination of pristine white sandy beaches and rich historical monuments. This island is a great way to end your Tunisia tour to sit and relax after traveling through numerous archaeological sites. Save a few days to enjoy the sun. If you want to continue exploring historical sites make sure you visit the El-Ghriba Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in North Africa.
The above are 5 recommended sites on your Tunisia tour. This is only a taste of all that Tunisia has to offer. Other sites include the Sahara desert, Matmata, Carthage, Sousse, and many other recommended sites on your Tunisia tour. Please contact Mosaic North Africa for your Tunisia adventure.