Before you say “Which one is Tunisia again”!!! Relax and allow me brush up your knowledge of Geography.
Tunisia is a small country in North Africa, right between Algeria and Libya (geographically), but surprisingly it’s just as vibrant as its famous neighbours Egypt and Morocco.
The geographical position of Tunisia allows it to double as a gateway to Europe and the Middle East, hence its French, Italian and Arab influences.
Tunisia, a once vibrant tourism haven especially for European countries, saw a decline after the 2016 terrorist attack following the Arab revolution.
It has since then been more determined than ever to reclaim its lost glory, thereby opening its doors to lovers of delicious cuisines, astonishing beaches, breath-taking archaeological and historic sites, the Sahara desert or Mykonos in Africa.
HOW TO GET THERE
There is currently no quick way to get there as all flights have some form of layovers.
Your cheapest option (if booked well in advance is Egypt air). The typical Egypt air flight would depart from Lagos after 1pm to reach Cairo, Egypt at 9pm.
The airline would accommodate you in a hotel near the airport (it’s best to travel as a group to benefit from this, as individual travellers with little or no travel history are at the risk of being denied exit by the consular at the airport, thereby leaving you with the only option of sleeping in the airport.
The flight would typically depart the next day in the morning and you’ll be in Tunisia before noon (so factor in the travel dates when booking your annual leave).
The same goes for when you’re exiting Tunisia, you would need to spend another night in Cairo before leaving for Lagos, Nigeria the next day.
Prior to now, getting a Tunisia visa was a painful exercise as it meant visiting the embassy in Abuja (thankfully the embassy has partnered with some travel agents to simplify the process). Prices for your visa advisory plus visa fees vary from N80,000 to 120,000, you’ll need to shop around. Your agent would put you through the documents required to ensure you get your visa in good time.
If you however wish to visit the embassy in Abuja, their address is below:
Embassy of Tunisia, Abuja
11 Kainji Cres, Maitama,
TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT TUNISIA
Your spending money would go far in Tunisia as 1 Tunis Dinar is 126 naira.
Good food is very cheap, you can eat in a small restaurant for as little as 1,000 naira or a 3 course meal for as little as 6,000 naira.
Accommodation is very affordable too (all based on your taste), hence you can easily ball on a budget.
Moving around is very easy as taxis are incredibly cheap (you would need a level of confidence for this as they speak mostly French or Arabic).
Your spending money would go a long way in Tunisia as earlier stated and that’s a dream come true for any tourist.
2. Greece in Africa
The blue and white terraces in the little town of Sidi Bou Said, on the coast of Tunis looks every inch like the coast of Santorini or Mykonos. With the houses painted beautifully in blue and white, anyone would easily believe you’re in Greece.
Besides the fantastic view of the Mediterranean once you reach the top, you would be treated with sights of artistic, colourful doors.
3. Fascinating sandy beaches
There are more than 10 beaches in Tunisia with a thousand stretches of the Mediterranean sea. The Crystal clear blue water in Tunis, Sousse and Hammamet surely awaits you. There are lots of water sports from parasailing to jet skiing or you can just spend hours lying in the sun and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.
4. Breathtaking historical and archaelogical sites
Tunisia is rich with history and relics of ancient civilization.
From the Tunis Carthage, to the Bardo Museum, to the 1st Islamic city, Kairouan where you can find the fourth sacred site of Islam.
In the town of El Djem, you would find the largest amphitheatre in North Africa, and most certainly one of the largest amphitheatres in the world. This magnificent UNESCO structure can hold up to 35,00 spectators, dates back to the 3rd century and was more recently used to film parts of Russel Crowe’s famous Gladiator film.
5. Architecture and the colorful doors
Tunisia would treat your sight to the best architecture, (beautiful infrastructure, zelije walls and colourful doors. This makes Tunisia very ‘instagrammable’ and photographic. Click Click!
6. Medina, Souks and Shopping
Shopping in the souks is a major thing for most Arab countries, and Tunisia doesn’t disappoint either. You would find vendors selling everything from spices, sweets to leather handbags, beautifully handcrafted souvenirs, jewelry and clothes, for reasonably cheap prices, and don’t forget haggling is a necessary part of your shopping experience.
7. Night life
Just like we Nigerians, Tunisians surely do know how to have a good time.
It might be a religious country but the drinking and partying culture in Tunisia is alive and well in many bars and fancy nightclubs, serving up vodka.
I visited on a Monday and the crowd was just arriving at 12 midnight (I had to ask the Minister of Tourism if Tunisians went to work and he said “ Yes, we do after a good night” ..haha).
8. The Sahara
I regrettably didn’t get to visit the Tunisian side of the Sahara desert, having been to Erg Chebbi and Zagora deserts in Morocco, I would have loved to see what the dunes in Tunisia had to say…needless say it would be on our next itinerary to Tunisia.
9. Unbeatable Spa and Wellness – Hammam and Thalasso Spa
Hammams are one of the best things about Arab countries. Hammams in Tunisia are very affordable easily making them one of the cheapest Arab countries to have a hammam spa treatment.
Another awesome thing about most beach side hotels in Tunisia, is the Thalasso swimming pools (water channel directly from the sea).The properties of seawater have beneficial effects on the pores of the skin, hence an awesome skin treatment.
Whether you prefer a pure beach holiday or wandering around monuments from the Roman times, this northernmost African country has it all. It’s time to plan your holiday in Tunisia!
It’s time to ball on a budget as there is now a subsidised trip to Tunisia from Nov 21st to 28th 2019 -N450,000 per person sharing a room .You need to visit Tunisia because there (call it balling on a budget). If you’ve always dreamt of visiting Tunisia or even travelling any where on a chance, then this trip is for you.
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