From the most epic Roman ruins in Africa to a cosmopolitan capital, a great coastline and just great medinas and historical sites everywhere, Tunisia is a tiny country that once used to be a mass tourism destination but today, only a few backpackers dare to go.
Capital – Tunis
Population – 11.4 million (79th)
Official language – Tunisian Arabic, but also Berber, and French is widely spoken
Visa – Most Western nationalities can obtain a free 90-day visa on arrival.
Safety – After the 2015 attacks in Sousse, Tunisia saw a massive tourism decline but the truth is that nothing has happened since then. Today, Tunisia is as safe as Morocco and other European countries.
When to go – Most Tunisia is a year-round destination, with a Mediterranean climate in most of the north. If you are planning to swim, you must come in summer, whereas if you are planning to travel south (desert area), be aware that summer is utterly hot.
Travel insurance – Remember to get proper insurance. I recommend World Nomads:
- It is the only company that covers with an unlimited budget
- It provides coverage for a very big bunch of adventure activities, including trekking in high altitudes
- You can hire it while on the road
Top 5 Experiences in Tunisia – My favorites
- Epic Romans ruins: Some of the most impressive Roman ruins outside of Rome.
- Jugurta Table: Epic flat mountain and a viewpoint to Algeria.
- The capital of Tunis: The most cosmopolitan Arab city after Beirut. Read my Tunis city guide.
- Road tripping in the Berber south: And discover all Berber villages and ancient ruins.
- The food: The spiciest food in the Mediterranean and an Italian-Maghrebi blend.
Typical costs – Tunisia is so cheap. Tunisian Dinars is their currency.
- Private room in a budget hotel – 20TND (8USD)
- Big bottle of water – 0.7TND (18¢)
- Espresso in local café – 1.50TND (40¢)
- Meal in a local eatery – 3-5TND (1-1.30USD)
- Mid-range seafood – 25TND (8.75USD)
- Train from Tunis to Sousse – 7.50TND (2.60USD)
- Entrance fees – 8TND (2.80USD)
Transportation – Moving around Tunisia is very easy. Most cities are connected by train and where there is no train, you can easily move around by louage, which are the tiny minivans.