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Elizabeth Agboola: Here’s Why You Should Put Tunisia On Your Vacation Destination List

Another awesome thing about most beachside hotels in Tunisia, is the Thalasso swimming pools (water channel directly from the sea). The properties of sea water have beneficial effects on the pores of the skin, so you can be sure of an awesome skin treatment.

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Before you say “Which one is Tunisia again?” Relax and allow me brush up your knowledge of Geography a bit.

Tunisia is a small country in North Africa, right between Algeria and Libya (geographically). 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.

Why Tunisia?

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 been more determined than ever to reclaim its lost glory. Tunisia has opened 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.

Visa

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:  ‘Embassy of Tunisia, Abuja 11 Kainji Cres, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria’.

Top 9 Reasons to Visit Tunishia

Affordability

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) so 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 money would go a long way in Tunisia as earlier stated and that’s a dream come true for any tourist.

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 will be treated with sights of artistic, colourful doors.

Fascinating sandy beaches

There are more than 10 beaches in Tunisia with a stretch of the Mediterranean sea. The crystal clear blue water in Tunis, Sousse, and Hammamet surely await you. There are lots of water sports from parasailing to jet skiing. Alternatively, you can just spend hours lying in the sun and swimming in the Mediterranean sea.

Breathtaking historical and archaeological sites

Tunisia is rich with history and relics of ancient civilization. From the Tunis Carthage, 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 35,000 spectators. It dates back to the 3rd century and was more recently used to film parts of Russel Crowe’s famous Gladiators.


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!

Medina, Souks and Shopping

Shopping in the souks is a major thing for most Arab countries, and Tunisia doesn’t disappoint either. You will find vendors selling everything from spices, sweets to leather handbags, beautifully handcrafted souvenirs, jewelry, and clothes for reasonably cheap prices. Don’t forget that haggling is a necessary part of your shopping experience.

Night life

Just like 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).


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 offer. Needless to say, it would be on our next itinerary to Tunisia.

Unbeatable Spa and Wellness – Hammam and Thalasso Spa

Hammams are one of the best things about Arab countries. Hammams in Tunisia are very affordable. This easily makes them one of the cheapest Arab countries to have a hammam spa treatment.

Another awesome thing about most beachside 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, so you can be sure of 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!

Elizabeth Agboola is the Lead travel consultant at Nigerianstraveltoo by day, an avid traveller by night and 24/7 mum of 3 with an insatiable travel appetite. She is constantly looking for ways to inspire others to travel more mostly be breaking their travel barriers through all possible means. For more travel tip,advice or anything travel related you can contact her [email protected]

3 Comments

  1. Solotravelbag

    November 16, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I am sold on this article .. Let’s go to Tunisia 🇹🇳

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  2. Moe Ezzine

    November 17, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Amazing review from Nigeria! Wish there was a direct link from Lagos to Tunis so both people can enjoy visiting each other’s countries!

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  3. Temi Tope

    November 17, 2019 at 9:34 am

    this is from me. I am a Nigerian Woman and I work for an International Organization, And don’t get me wrong.. I have been everywhere on assignment. I love to travel, some countries I visited were for my job assignments and others were on my own. I have been everywhere.. from South Africa, to Lesotho, to Morocco , Asia, Europe.. all over the world even Fiji Islands, you name it. I have been everywhwere.

    But, sister, I must say I am so surprised, so surprised by this information about Tunisa.. I traveled three times to TUnisia. The second one was a wedding of a colleague.. But, BELIEVE ME …TUNIISANS ARE RUDE, RACIST, AND VERY WICKED PEOPLE.. I SWEAR TO GOD.. I am not the only person who said this.. I have friends.. from may places indeed not WHITE FRIENDS.. BUT BLACK FRIENDS, ASIANS FRIENDS and African American friends. who experienced the same thing.. TUNISIANS think that they are WHITE AND ABOVE ALL, THEY dont even want to consider themselves being part of AFRICA.. they are so RACIST.. YOU HEARD ME RIGHT.. JUST ASK Nigerians or any other Africans who have worked for the ADB: AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK THERE.. those people have experienced WAHALA.. I just have a friend who moved there for her job and invited me to Visit TUNISIA.. I turned that down.. do you know i was walking on the STREET and someone trying to hit me with his car and yelled at me.. I will never return to that country.. I am traumatized.. I am glad you liked it.. and enjoyed your stay.. But, what I said is very true.. AFRICANS working for ADB there are suffering from TUNISIAN RACISM, WICKEDNESS, AND RUDENESS.. very racist.. it is like they are not EVEN MUSLIMS..

    Thank you for posting this.. people need to know.. as it is not always GOLDEN

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