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Tunisia is a North African country which belongs to the Maghreb. It is bordered to the north and east by the Mediterranean (1,300 km), its western border meets Algeria and its south-eastern border is with Libya. Its name is derived from that of the capital, Tunis, located in the north of the country.
Often seen as simply a beach destination, Tunisia has an abundance of surprises for those who venture away from the sandy shores. This is North Africa wrapped up into one, a bite-sized package with vast Sahara dunes, mammoth ancient ruins and exotic cities that are home to a sprawling web of souks. Tunisia was Rome’s breadbasket, and the cultural heritage the Romans left behind is more than enough reason to visit. The history of the Arab Empires has also bestowed the country with some of the region’s most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture.
Once you have craned your neck at Kairouan’s Minarets and played Gladiator at El Djem, it’s time to head into the Sahara to experience the raw, empty beauty of the desert. The sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, fringed by palms and lapped by gentle waves, will still be waiting for you when you get back.