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If what you're after is something exotic mixed with Mediterranean pleasures and some authentic Arab spirit – choose Tunisia for your next trip. It's a country whose long coast is washed by a sea as blue as anywhere in the world and where, on the other side, lay sands of ocean-wide Sahara. Moreover, Tunisia is an Arab spring country that has managed to win democracy while keeping peace and stability in a region of relative volatility.

Tunisia packs everything that may be called the North African culture. Pointy mosque minarets dot its skyline, sweet shisha smokes emanate from its pubs, and the camaraderie of elderly people playing dominoes in the streets is palpable. Moreover, it is a country with layered historic heritage from the Phoenicians, Romans, and other civilizations. Tunisia has always been in the centre of historic events, be it 2000 years ago during the Punic wars or during the 20th century atrocities of the Second World War.

Today, Tunisia is famous for coastal resorts, its rather cosmopolitan spirit and deep North African traditions. There are also plenty of cosy little fisher villages with time flowing at its own pace and tourism just taking first steps. Many Tunisian resorts boast of excellent SPA centres and sanatoriums where wellness procedures are based on sea products and healing qualities of the Mediterranean water. Salt, algae, mud, and minerals from the sea are used to treat skin, muscle, and joint ailments under the supervision of experienced specialists in lovely hotels and exceptional Tunisian climate.

The first tribes moved into the territory of Tunisia as early as four millennia B.C., the forebears of present-day Berbers. At around 1200 B.C., powerful Phoenicians settled on the coasts of Tunisia, erecting the city of Carthage, one of the most powerful in entire North Africa.

Between the sixth and eighth centuries, the land was incorporated into the Arab world. The Arabs built cities and mosques and Islam became the religion of the land. It was later briefly conquered by the Normans, but eventually the Christian faith almost completely disappeared from the Tunisian territory. Alongside the Arab rule came all the achievements of the Muslim civilization: medicine, science and schools, architecture.

In 1881, Tunisia was claimed by France. For this reason, French is still widely used today.

The capital shares the name with the country, Tunis. The city is rich with heritage of ancient civilizations, situated as it is in the vicinity of legendary Carthage, with only ancient ruins reminding of its past glory today.

However, most tourists head for the famed Tunisian resort towns: Hammamet, Sousse, Port El Kantaoui, Monastir, Mahdia. In these resorts, one can explore both the historic districts of narrow streets, mosques, and traditional markets and brand-new hotels with top-class services.

For the culturally minded, Tunisia has much to offer in the way of artistic and architectural heritage: the El Djem amphitheatre that is second to none in size and grandness save perhaps for the Roman Coliseum; the white houses of Sidi Bou Said that line the rocks overlooking the Mediterranean Sea; unforgettable Carthage and its ruins; the city of Kairouan; the vast stretches of the desert and oases.

Tunisia has no shortage of sunlight which floods its beaches from May to September. Day temperatures stay at around 30° C in most Tunisian resorts, so noons are better spent somewhere in the shade. Meanwhile morning hours and evenings in Tunisia are fantastic. The Mediterranean breeze will also keep you from overheating, as will diving, swimming, and various water sports, all exercised in the warm sea or sunny beaches.

Another sport that Tunisia has excellent facilities for is golf. Virtually every resort town will have a great golf course capable of hosting world-class tournaments. But don't be intimidated – the green fields welcome anyone who wants to enjoy or learn hitting the white ball, or just spend some good time in a company of friends.

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