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Tunisia

Touristic attractions of Tunisia
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Your vacations in Tunisia

Tunisia, officially the Tunisian Republic, is a country located in North Africa. It is bordered by Algeria to the west and Libya to the southeast. Tunisia is located southwest of the island of Sicily and south of Sardinia. Its size is almost 165,000 km² with an estimated population of just over 10.3 million. Its name is derived from the capital Tunis.

Tunisia is the northernmost country on the African continent, and the smallest of the nations situated along the Atlas mountain range. Approximately 40% of the country is composed of the Sahara desert, with much of the remainder consisting of particularly fertile soil and a 1,300 km coastline. Both played a prominent role in ancient times, first with the famous Phoenician city of Carthage, then as the Africa Province which was known as the bread basket of the Roman Empire, and then as the Maghreb region of various medieval Islamic states.

Tunisia consistently ranks at the top among Arab and African nations in reports released by The World Economic Forum.

Official language

Arabic (official language), French (second language)

Currency

Tunisian dinar

Electricity

230 volts, 50 cycles

Shopping

Outside of the official controlled Artisanat (handicraft) shops, where everything from carpets to birdcages bears a price tag, and carpets a stamp of origin and caliber, shopping in Tunisia is definitely an art. Located in the old city (the Medina), the Souks offer a selection of objects of unsurpassed beauty and distinction , excellent arts and craft and traditional work. A sharp eye, nerves of steel, a show of disinterest and a good sense of humor will make shopping a real pleasure.

Useful information

While shopping, bargaining is a golden opportunity to exhibit your talent as an actor. Start by cutting the offer in half, then work up to a compromise if you are really interested.