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Exploring Africa: 5 Places To Visit in Tunisia

Happy 60th Independence Day to Tunisia! The North African country was invaded and colonized by the French in the late 1800's, but gained its independence March 20, 1956. The people of Tunisia have also won

Happy 60th Independence Day to Tunisia! The North African country was invaded and colonized by the French in the late 1800’s, but gained its independence March 20, 1956. The people of Tunisia have also won significant gains since the revolution of 2010–part of the ‘Arab’ Spring and the most dramatic wave of social and political unrest in Tunisia in three decades. In honor of their freedom, we at Applause Africa would like to give you a glimpse into the beautiful country.   Here are five breathtaking places to visit on your next country-hopping excursion on the Continent.

 1. El Haouaria

El Haouaria seascape, Tunisia

El Haouaria seascape, Tunisia

El Haouaria, the small, coastal town in southern Tunisia, allows you to relax and enjoy the beautiful beach without a flock of other tourists. You can also hike along the rocky coastline while taking in the nature around it. If that’s not enough, being able to submerge yourself in the culture and locals presents a unique experience that’s incomparable to mass tourism.

2. Bardo National Museum

Bardo museum, Tunisia

Bardo museum, Tunisia

Bardo National Museum is one of the largest museums in  Tunisia, and is located in Tunis. It’s been around for over a century, and is dedicated to preserving Tunisia’s cultural heritage. With excavated pieces and historical artwork exhibited throughout the museum, centuries of the country’s rich history can be seen on display during your visit.    

3. Theatre Municipal de la Ville de Tunis

Theatre Municipal de la Ville de Tunis

Theatre Municipal de la Ville de Tunis

The Theatre Municipal de la Ville de Tunis is a remnant of the French colonial era, and opened in 1902. This architectural beauty, more inside than outside, houses operas, ballets, plays, and concerts with Tunisian, African, Arab, and international artists. Be advised to get your tickets in advance because they’re known to have sold out shows nightly.

4. Douz

Douz, Tunisia. Fantasia International Festival of the Sahara Douz Southern Tunisia.

Douz, Tunisia. Fantasia International Festival of the Sahara Douz Southern Tunisia.

Tunisia is also home to Douz, a famous palm oasis in the Sahara. Every December, Douz hosts thousands for the country’s oldest festival. The Fantasia International Festival of the Sahara features horse races, camel marathons, poetry readings and dancing. In addition to the festival you can visit the Museum of the Sahara, to see more about the history of the Mrazig, who are natives to the region. Riding camels or doonbuggies is also a popular thing to do when visiting. 

5. The Medina District

El Jem Colosseum, Medina -Tunisia

El Jem Colosseum, Medina -Tunisia

The Medina District is historic as one of the first Arab-Islamic towns and once considered one of the wealthiest too. Entering the main gate, Bab el Bahr, leads you historic sites, landmarks, cafés and shopping. You can’t help but to admire the architecture during your adventures through the district. It’s easy to find yourself there the entire day, but also easy to navigate for a quick stop near downtown Tunis.

Kimberly Jacobs
Harlem, NY – Kimberly Jacobs is a culture and lifestyle journalist from Los Angeles romanticizing about life in her free time. Follow her @thejournalist25 on social media and www.thejournalist25.com
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2 COMMENTS
  • Ikbel Achour March 20, 2016

    Thank you for this great article! Best Ikbel from the Tunisian American Young Professionals.

    • Applause Africa
      Applause Africa March 30, 2016

      Thanks so much!

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