Tunisia, land of sun and relaxation

Entertainment Player5Level7 July 25, 2016 0 14
Tunisia is a Muslim country which is in North Africa and after a short 3 hour flight from Schiphol you're already there. Last year we honored the country with a visit and we were pleasantly surprised, it's a very nice holiday! Quite died, Tunisia has always been in the hands of strangers in the course of history. Only since 1956 has been declared the independence of Tunisia.

Read along: the history of Tunisia in a nutshell

  • Ca 1200 BC. Foundation of settlements by the Phoenicians
  • 146 BC. The destruction of Carthage by the Romans
  • 7th Century conquest by the Arabs
  • 909 of the Fatimid Dynasty
  • 1228 Dynasty Hafsids
  • 1535 Spanish protectorate
  • 1574 The land is a Turkish province
  • 1883 French protectorate
  • 1955 Internal autonomy for Tunisia
  • March 20, 1956 Independence Tunisia
  • July 25, 1957, Habib Bourguiba is elected 1st President of the Tunisian Republic
  • November 7, 1987 The new era

Now we all know this, we can look at the country's go.

Sights from Port El Kantaoui

Medina Monastir
The Medina, the old walled city within the city. Here you go back in time and imagine yourself quickly in the Fata Morgana of the Efteling. Everywhere tiny shops selling all sorts of trinkets. It is intended that you haggle. Now this is not for everyone. The advice is to look first in the state store what are some of the prices. Put particularly large sunglasses when you enter the Medina. If they see that you're interested in something, they come right at you and they do not let you just go, there you should be able to. If you still after fifteen minutes the Medina shrieking end, you always can return to the state store, because you can sniff at ease among all the stuff without being disturbed. It is certainly a great experience there in the Medina and they have some really good stuff.
Camel ride
You should of course have done well! No holiday in Tunisia without having sat on a camel. The effect you get on a kerchief and a true ?? Ali Mama ?? make a ride through the olive groves. In the break they bake traditional bread in a well. Actually, they do nothing but dough sticking to the inside of the stone of the well while in the pit in the ground created a fire. It looks easy but it had become out our sandwich black, so it's more difficult than we thought. The bread is served with olive oil and is very delicious.
For those who ride a camel can not see sitting, can also be transported in a coach ?? ?? . With a little luck you can also pick pomegranates. All in all a great experience and highly recommended.
Folklore evening
By bus you will be brought inland to a location to taste the real Tunisian spheres. First let us take a horse show. Then you get a show of music and dance, juggler with pitchers and a belly dancer. All this during a well kept Tunisian meal. Then you go out and you get to see the greatest light show of Africa. With been using 100 extras and riders, using water, fire, sound and image is portrayed 3000 years of history of Tunisia and as you have read above, there is only war. After this evening you have a good image of the country Tunisia and its history, really a must.
Day trip Tunis / Carthage / Sidi Bou Said
During this trip you go to the capital Tunis. The Medina is the largest in Tunisia. You will visit the Bardo Museum. In various rooms you can see the finds from the Punic, Roman and Byzantine times. Especially the largest mosaic collection in the world is famous. Normally you can not take pictures here ?? s, but if you pay one dinar, you may undisturbed or take pictures ?? s.
Then you continue by bus to the ruins of Carthage. This is the spa complex located at sea from the time of Antoninus Pius. During four centuries Carthage was the largest city after Rome, a center of culture, commerce and entertainment and also the capital of the province of Africa. Again, you can create photo ?? s if you paid one dinar.
Finally, head to the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said with its narrow streets, the white houses with blue windows and doors. This village is a monument. In the 13th century, this town was known when here an artist named Sidi Bou Said many disciples gathered around him. After his death in 1231, he was venerated as a saint. Famous are the typical bird cages. At your leisure you can visit the village.
This is an intensive, but very nice day, you can see and learn a lot from the history of the country.
Two-day trip to the south
You will visit the Medina of Kairouan. Gone are the Metlaoui land rovers ready to visit the mountain oases of Tamerza and Chebika. You eat and sleep in Tozeur. The next day you go to Douz. There you can take a camel ride through the sand dunes of the Sahara. Then you visit Matmata and its lunar landscape and finally visit the magnificent amphitheater of El Jem.
Since we only had one week in Tunisia, we found a two-day trip too long because we wanted to see and much to do, but who knows next time?
Boat trip
From some ports sail pirate boats. On board you get a light lunch and non-alcoholic drinks. You can swim or fish with a line.
This is fun to do with children, who imagine themselves quickly Captain Hook.

Some facts from Tunisia

  • The capital of Tunisia is Tunis.
  • Tunisia is also a member of the United Nations and some UN organizations, the Arab League and the Arab Maghreb Union.
  • Tunisia is covering an area of ​​164 418 square kilometers, the smallest country in North Africa. Together with Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Libya, they form the Maghreb.
  • The official language is Arabic, the spoken language differs significantly from the written language. French is still widely used in government and commerce.
  • Tourism is one of the main income sources of foreign exchange.
  • Tunisia is the most modern Islamic country. Women and men are equal and men are allowed to marry only one wife.
  • The Tunisian currency is the dinar and it is divided into 1000 millimes. All prices are indicated with three decimal places. There are banknotes of 5, 10, 20 and 30 dinar. Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 millemes, ½, 1, and 5 dinar.
  • In Tunisia, three mosques are open to tourists. The Great Mosque in Sousse, the Sidi Okba Mosque in Kairouan and Ezzitouna mosque in Tunis. The mosques are visiting every day until 14:00, except on Fridays. The prayer room is not accessible to non-Muslims. From the courtyard you can view the prayer room.
  • Public transport is the bus the cheapest in Tunisia.
  • Louages: a louage is a collective taxi for long distances. They are recognizable by the white color with blue or red stripe.
  • ?? S yellow taxis have meters. Between 21.00 and 05.00 you pay a 50% surcharge. Up to four guests per taxi. You pay per taxi per trip.
  • In typical souvenir shops is supposed to haggle. To get a good indication of what something should cost, you first go into a supermarket or shop look is what it costs them.

Tunisia and diseases

Drink and food
The hygienic conditions can be poor in Tunisia. Do not drink tap water, but buy bottled drinks.
Malaria occurs in Tunisia not.
Flies can transmit many pathogens on food. Do not eat food that fly to sit or have sat.
Bathing water
Avoid contact with fresh surface water. Do not go paddling in an oasis.

Vaccination for Tunisia

It is advisable to let your timely grafting for DTP and Hepatitis A. Meeting with the GGD or your family doctor.


Dutch embassy in Tunisia
6-8 Rue Meycen
1082 Cite El Mahrajane
Tel: 00-21671-797724
Tunisian Embassy in Netherlands
Gentsestraat 98
2587 HX The Hague
tel: 070-3512251
Happy holiday!