Tunisia in autumn: the most impressive sights and historical heritage

According to Jolita Kazlauskaitė, the travel organizer’s representative abroad, Tunisia reveals its completely different colors in the autumn: not only the exceptionally warm sea water, but also the smell of ripe dates tempt you here, and the Tunisian hydrotherapy and spa centers invite you to escape from all your worries, where you can recover your strength.

Exclusive autumn magic

According to J. Kazlauskaitė, Novatur’s representative abroad, Tunisia opens up much more in autumn than in summer: the heat subsides, people relax, most of the locals living abroad leave, and the rest return to their normal rhythm – work, schools, so hotels empty out, and there are no queues of historical objects. Therefore, according to Jolita, this country is an ideal place for autumn holidays.

Photo of the authors of the report. / Hammamet is a resort town in northeastern Tunisia

Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate, so the autumn season here is associated with swimming in the sea and long walks on the beach, boat trips and visiting historical sites. Meanwhile, those who are thirsty for rest and want to pamper themselves can visit the Tunisian hydrotherapy and spa centers, famous for the exceptional quality and variety of procedures that provide health benefits.

Photo of the authors of the report. / Boundary of Monastir

“Tunisia’s gold – dates – ripen and fall in autumn, and traveling to desert oases becomes even more fun because it’s not so hot anymore, but it’s not really cold yet. The autumn sun allows you to get a nice tan, but it’s not so hot anymore, so autumn is a great time for beach fun. The average air temperature in October-November reaches 25-28 degrees, and the water warms up during the summer and its temperature ranges from 23 to 26 degrees. Although there are days when it rains in autumn, the precipitation here is short-lived. Even the sea in autumn in Tunisia is sometimes more attractive and looks like glass – completely calm,” says Jolita.

From Carthage to Star Wars

Tunisia is a former part of the Roman Empire, so you can visit many historical sites here. Although not all of them are included in the lists of tourist routes, they are definitely worth the attention of travelers.

“The country’s history has left humanity with an artistic and cultural heritage that is worth exploring. History buffs will be impressed by the ruins of the mythical coastal city of Carthage, the best-preserved ancient Roman city of Duga, and the small town of El Jem to the south, which hides a huge historical treasure – an impressive 3rd century. the amphitheater, the best-preserved in all of North Africa, and the jewel of Tunisian heritage, the Bardo National Museum, which exhibits archaeological finds and the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics. These are just a few stops that must be visited in order to get to know the historical heritage in Tunisia”, says the representative abroad.

Photo of the authors of the report. / Tunisian architecture

Photo of the authors of the report. / Tunisian architecture

For fans of not only history, but also of Star Wars, she recommends visiting the oasis capital of Tuzar, one of the most popular and most visited places in Tunisia, where an impressive gateway to the desert is located between two large salt lakes, and the Atlas Mountains to the west are a natural border with Algeria, hiding green palm valleys, oases and waterfalls. 39 km from Tuzar is also Mos Espa – The set of the first episode of Star Wars.

According to J. Kazlauskaitė, the Tunisian capital of the same name is located in the northeast of the country. Although it is very pleasant to walk around the modern city and the residential area with colonial-style buildings, the main attraction of the city is the Medina district, which is included in the World Heritage List. Out of the city Bab el Bahar gate you will find a maze of narrow streets with mosques, such as the largest and oldest (703 AD) Ezzitouna the mosque.

What is worth seeing and experiencing?

According to Jolita, who works in Tunisia and welcomes travelers, the Sahara desert, Roman and Phoenician Carthage, Matmata mountains, Chibika an oasis is a place that takes everyone’s breath away.

“Autumn temperatures are ideal for carefree exploration of the Sahara desert’s sand dunes, rugged mountains and green oases, but if you’re looking for a unique experience, consider spending one night in a Berber tent – a unique opportunity to gaze at the starry sky, sample charcoal-grilled bread and drink local mint tea . However, if you want a more active rest and adrenaline, definitely take a ride around the dunes on four-wheel motorcycles”, recommends Jolita.

Photo of the authors of the report. / Camel tour

Photo of the authors of the report. / Camel tour

She says Tunisia also offers many places to admire the country’s spectacular nature, and one of the most unexpected offers is birdwatching on the northern Bon Peninsula, home to one of the main Mediterranean crossing points for migrating birds. In total, as many as 400 different species of birds can be seen here.

According to J. Kazlauskaitė, Tunisia is also worth the attention of music lovers, because music festivals of various styles are held here in the most unexpected places in autumn. For example, the Acropolis of Carthage hosts the annual October Musical festival for classical music lovers, while electronic music fans gather at the Electronic Dunes event, which takes place on the set of the Star Wars movie in the middle of the Sahara.

In Tunisia, “flying close to the sea” is not just a beautiful metaphor, because about 70 km south of the capital of the country stretches the coast of Hammamet Bay, around which the country’s most spectacular beaches are located, and for water sports and diving enthusiasts, it is a real paradise. About 20 diving clubs belonging to the World Confederation of Underwater Activities operate in the country. Both in Tunis itself and on the island of Djerba, you can find centers for sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, paragliding and kitesurfing.

Photo of the authors of the report. / Port of Sidi Bou Said

Photo of the authors of the report. / Port of Sidi Bou Said

Tunisian culture and food

According to the representative, when traveling to Tunisia, it is important to get to know each other and not have preconceived notions: “Tunisia is unique – it is a North African country with a thousand-year-old Berber culture, Roman heritage and Arabic spice.” If you travel with an open heart and a good attitude, Tunisia will definitely leave a great impression: here is good cuisine, friendly people, it is safe and quite calm, and in addition, this country hides a lot of history and beautiful nature.”

Tunisia is unique – it is a North African country with millennia of Berber culture, Roman legacy and Arabic spice.

For those who want to indulge their taste buds, it is important to know that Tunisian cuisine is similar to the cuisine of the Mediterranean region. Vegetables, fruits, beef and chicken, fish and, of course, olive oil prevail here. However, in more touristy areas, the food will be even more varied as it is more geared towards foreign travelers. Therefore, don’t be surprised to find pizzerias and restaurants combining local and western dishes:

“In Tunisia, you must try the local bread, which can be dipped in rich sauces. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy Tunisian sweets made with honey or dates. Don’t forget to try the country’s typical mint tea with pine nuts.”

Jolita points out that a trip to Tunisia would not be complete without trying the country’s very popular thalassotherapy and hydrotherapy treatments, which include the use of hot water, massage and mud or seaweed wraps.

Photo of the authors of the report. / Old Town Street

Photo of the authors of the report. / Old Town Street

“The combination of all the beneficial properties of the Mediterranean Sea and the relaxing effect of water allows thalassotherapy to reduce or even eliminate stress, relieve chronic rheumatism, back pain, circulatory disorders and carry out cosmetic detoxification. Tunisia is full of hotels that offer spas, massages, thalassotherapy and hydrotherapy services to help you completely relax, while luxury hammams often offer treatments inspired by Tunisian culture, such as oriental massages or traditional scented clay wraps.

According to the number of thalassotherapy centers, Tunisia ranks second after France, and the highest quality procedures are offered throughout the country, so you can combine the pleasures of the spa with a more active vacation, getting to know this wonderful country,” recommends the representative.

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