Holidaymakers can, naturally, retreat to the all-inclusive coastal resorts at the core of Tunisian tourism, but the most intrepid thrillseekers will find a whole other side of the country lies in its otherworldly southern landscapes – once the set of the Star Wars franchise – manicured golf greens and luxe campsites pitched on the golden sands of the Sahara.
That’s without mentioning the abundance of ancient World Heritage medinas, Roman ruins and traditional slices of Tunisian culture in the Berber villages, fortified granaries and troglodytic houses that dot the arid terrain.
From camel treks to 4×4 tours and even golfing getaways, here’s a carefully curated list of Tunisian highlights to inspire the ultimate North African holiday – and how to incorporate the inland adventures into your sunny stay on the Mediterranean Sea.
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Tour the World Heritage sites
Tunisia entwines ancient archaeological sites with the traditional heritage of Berber, Arabian and African cultures. The North African country has eight World Heritage sites and landmarks officially recognised by Unesco, including the Roman amphitheatre of El Jem, ruins of Carthage and ancient medinas – a stark contrast from the azure Mediterranean shores in Hammamet. Experience the past in the present at the Unesco-listed Medinas, a medieval fortress, Sousse and Tunis, and the historic sites of the Great Mosque and the Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba in Monastir.
How to do it
Wild Frontiers Travel features an epic 12-day “Tunisia Uncovered” package for £2,985pp, including all meals, transport and accommodation. Tour highlights such as the ancient ruins of Carthage, the Unesco-listed Tunis medina and nomadic dune camping culminate on the inviting waters of the Mediterranean coast. International airfares are not included; return flights to Tunis currently average £112 when departing from London.
Trek the Sahara Desert
For the ultimate desert adventure, trek by camel, 4×4 or on foot across the towering golden dunes of the Sahara…