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Tunisia is often thought of as the sun and sand capital of North
Africa, and with over 1,200 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline that assumption is not
Tunisia Travel and Tourist Information with
links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for
visitors to Tunisia.
Around Tunisia, Carthage,
Map of Tunisia, The Sahara Desert, Tunis, Tunisia's Mediterranean
Coast, Tunisian Language and Culture.
Countries neighbouring Tunisia are: Algeria
Tunisia's Mediterranean coast is indented by many harbours and
inlets, notably the gulfs of Tunis, Hammamet, and Gabes.
The Carthaginian Empire once dominated most of northern Africa and at
times the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula, Corsica, Sardinia, and parts of Sicily.
The expanding Roman Empire finally defeated the Carthaginians and
sacked their capital during the last of the three Punic Wars (149-146 BC).
Most of what is now Tunisia then became part of the Roman Empire,
until the Vandals came over from the Iberian Peninsula some three hundred years later.
Arabs took control of the area in the 7th century, and replaced the
Roman-Christian culture with Islam.
It was during this period that the area became known as Tunisia.
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Today a wealthy suburb of Tunis, Carthage is an important
archaeological discovery also attracting many tourists.
The digs have revealed early Phoenician artefacts and buildings from
Roman and Byzantine times with well preserved floor mosaics from the 3rd and 4th centuries
The city was probably established as a Phoenician trading post towards
the end of the 9th century BC.
The earliest artefacts unearthed by archaeologists at the site date
from 800 BC.
The National Museum of Carthage is located on the Byrsa Hill.
The capital of Tunisia is divided into two parts: the old, walled,
Muslim quarter; and the newer, European district.
The modern city of Tunis was built while Tunisia was under French rule
(1881-1956), hence known as the European District.
Streets in the old town are narrow and winding, with interesting
bazaars and admirable mosques.
The official website of The Tunisian National Tourist Office, UK & Ireland.
The old Palace of the Bey houses a museum of arts, antiquities and
The official language of Tunisia is Arabic, although French and
English are also spoken among the educated and in tourist areas.
Tunisians are essentially of Berber stock, who have come to regard
themselves as Arabs; the Berber language is spoken by less than 2 per cent of the
Southern Tunisia contains the Sahara Desert.
About 40 per cent of the country's land area is sand, and camel
caravans are still used as a means of transportation where water is scarce.
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Tunisia is one of Africa's most exciting and accessible destinations.
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