Thursday, 22 June 2017

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN TUNISIA

By Raj Thakkar  |  19:58 No comments

Tunisia is a great place to visit all year round with hot winter and very hot summers. It is the northern most country of Africa.The wonderful landscape of Tunisia has been used by various different directors as locations for their films, such as Star Wars, Gladiator, Monty Python: Life of Brian, also Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. With locations good enough for block buster films, it really has something for anyone to enjoy. Here are some of the best places to visit in Tunisia:

Amphitheatre of El Jem

Amphitheatre of El Jem
The Amphitheatre located in El Djem, it is the largest coliseum in North Africa and is said to have had a capacity of up to 35,000 spectators. It was built by the Romans and was mainly used for gladiator games as well as chariot races. So get ready to join the ancient world where animals and men used to meet there fate.  It was partially used to film Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, and with the help of CGI, they brought the Amphitheatre to life by reconstructing the parts that are no longer there. It is surrounded by cafes focused mainly for tourists; there is also a cafe located in the coliseum. It was named a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1979.

Matmata

Skywalker at matmata
Matmata is a small town in the south of Tunisia, it is best known for its unique architecture. Some of the towns’ houses and other buildings are located underground. George Lucas used this location to film the planet known as Tatooine in Star Wars. The most famous part of this town is the Hotel Sidi Driss, this was the home of Luke Skywalker as well as his Uncle and Aunt in the Star Wars films. The town has become very popular with tourist all round the world because of the film franchise.

Great Mosque of Kairouan

Great Mosque of Kairouan
Every city in Tunisia has a great mosque but the Great Mosque of Kairouan, is the oldest and most important mosque in the country. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kairouan, and was built in 670AD. It is known to be the 4th holiest place in Islam, after Mecca, Jerusalem and Medina. Not only is it open to Muslims, but it is also open to any tourists that want to enter, but you have to be appropriately dressed to enter. Robes are available at the entrance for the people that aren’t suitably dressed. For Muslims the mosque can be entered from 9 different gates, whereas non-Muslims are only able to enter from the Main gate.  Tourists are allowed in the courtyard, but are forbidden to enter the prayer hall, but the door is open for those who want to have a quick glimpse of what it looks like.

Aqua Palace

Aqua Palace
Grab your swimming costumes and your towel and head down to the first and largest water park in Tunisia situated in Port El Kantaoui. Aqua Palace covers 2 hectares with slides and attractions that include the Space Boat where you will find yourself circling a bowl before plunging into a small pool. Or you could try the Toboggan Kamikaze where you will fall 10 metres at a speed of 50Km/h. For those who don’t fancy the thrill of a slide but fancy something a little more relaxing then join the lazy river that spreads 200 metres across the park. It has enough attractions for the whole family to enjoy an entire splash filled day.

Medina of Tunis

Medina of Tunis
The medina that is located in the centre of the Tunis spreading over 270 hectares making up one tenth of the population of Tunis. With its narrow walkways and covered passageways it is always filled with different scents, open markets that sell all kinds of handcrafted souvenirs. Such things as leather to tin or even the best filigree are offered at these markets and shops, but be ready to haggle as it is a tradition for the market/shop keepers. Tunis is home to over 700 Monuments like mosques, fountains, mausoleums and palaces. The medina holds a lot of the 700 different monuments.

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Author: Raj Thakkar

Raj Thakkar is a Blogger (By Choice) from Bhuj.He has completed his B.Tech. CE from Ganpat University. He is addicted to web development.

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