Tunisia in Pictures: Off the Beaten Tracks

Like me a lot of people, i’m sure, like to sneak a peak at a place before they actually visit it. I’ve been to Tunisia many times and i’m in love with that country. It is my pleasure to give you a little tour to show you my Tunisia in pictures. I’m taking you off the beaten tracks from the capital Tunis all the way to Douz in the desert. I have a few surprises along the way and some amazing pictures of a country that has more to offer than beaches and crowded Souk.

Flying to Tunisia is very easy as there are many airports but the main one is definitely Tunis Carthage. So if you arrive in Tunis don’t rush to your destination just yet, take a stroll in the city first, it’s beautiful and has got loads to keep you busy and entertained.

Tunis

The capital, in the North of the country, is a blend of Arab and western culture and you should take the time to visit it. You’ll have loads to do and see in the city centre. I’ll show you around then, shall i?

First go to Avenue Bourguiba and stop at one of the Paris style cafe, then walk down slowly all the way to La Porte de France, then cross the street, pass the water fountains and you’ll find the entrance to the famous Souk. Adventures, friendly haggling and unusual encounters await you. Enjoy!

Sidi Bousaid

Sidi Bousaid is a city on the outskirts of Tunis, and if this is your first trip to Tunisia you’re about the discover something truly special. The whole city is painted white and blue and while it doesn’t sound like much, the overall effect is quite amazing. When you go up the main street there is a typical Tunisian house that you can visit, all in white and blue and full of traditional features. Take the time to look around it’s beautiful.

 

Hammamet

An hour south of Tunis following the motorway is the city of Hammamet. It is very popular with tourists from all over the world, the city really is beautiful. But i can show you how to avoid the crowd and discover breathtaking little spots that are almost deserted.

When you walk down to the city centre keep your eyes open, check out little paths on the right hand side, they lead to deserted beaches. Don’t stop at the Madinah, go don’t in with the crowd, walk around it following the sea, you won’t be disappointed i promise. All around the old Madinah, a white stone path follows a turquoise sea and deserted fine sand beaches. Sit down enjoy the view and relax.

When you get tired, or you find that perfect view that takes your breath away take the time to enjoy it. Check this out… perfect isn’t it? What could possibly be missing? The sea, the fine white sand… maybe you! Behind the tourist-crowded Medinah, you’ll find the old city with typical houses and of course no crowd.

OK it’s now time to go get those souvenirs for those who couldn’t come with you to Tunisia. When you go into the Souk enter from the back, you’ll see what the tourists miss. Into the Souk then, right or left, straight ahead… just let the colours guide you. Lose yourself into the little alleys of the Souk, they’ll take you to a shop or a house, to the sea who knows? Enjoy the coolness of the Souk. The smaller the path the bigger the surprise…

El Jem

Many people on the road to the South of Tunisia stop in El Jem, to see remains of the Ancient Roman Empire and visit the amphitheatre. It is really huge, too wide to fit into my camera. A little piece of history, still standing after all this time. Visitors are allowed inside too and i recommend you go in it’s totally worth it.

It is really huge, too wide to fit into my camera. A little piece of history, still standing after all this time. Visitors are allowed inside too and i recommend you go in it’s totally worth it.

Gabes

Further south much closer to the desert, in a more arid setting is the city of Gabes. Right on the sea, very few tourists and quite typical way of life. I actually have family there and while gabes doesn’t look as fancy as Hammamet from a touristic point of view, it’s the perfect place to discover the real Tunisia and its incredible people.

Enjoy a slower pace of life, typical small town markets and local traditions. This is the place i go back to about once a year and every time it never fails to make me feel at home.

 

Tamerza

By the time you reach Tamerza you are properly in the south, it’s the desert, more rocks than sand however. Tamerza is the largest mountain oasis and a must see. It does take a bit of a walk up and down the rocky mountain to appreciate this treasure but you won’t regret it. After the pass over the mountain top the sights are very unusual and you have to wonder how those palm trees and the water got there. One thing is for sure, once you’re there, you simply don’t want to leave: it’s so beautiful and peaceful.

Tunisia Further South

Still further south you’ll find the desert towns of Tozeur and Douz, the Door of the Desert. From there you can either travel even further south or start your way north again. I highly recommend travelling along the border of Algeria, passing through Chott el Djerid. There are more surprises this way, some sights i’m sure you didn’t expect to find in Tunisia.

Douz means one thing: a quad bike or camel ride into the desert, a total umissable thing to do. In Tozeur you’ll get the chance to taste and buy the best Tunisian dates, named Diglet. Don’t forget to haggle for price. Finally did you know Tunisia was covered in Salt flats somewhere along the Algerian border? hundreds of them along the road actually and if you get to catch a view of those in the early morning sun, you’ll have memories to last you a lifetime.

 

Tunisia in Pictures: Doors of Tunisia

During my first trip to Tunisia i fell in love with the doors. It’s the shape, the colours, the crafmanship that i like… and the little doors inside the big door! Picture perfect and it might just give you some things to think about next time you need to paint your house.

Feel like you need some more pictures, check out the Hammamet and nebeul GALLERY. To know more about my trips to Tunisia visit my Travel Page.

 

8 thoughts on “Tunisia in Pictures: Off the Beaten Tracks”

  1. Ruth - Exploramum says:

    Brilliant – gave me lots of ideas – thanks
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    1. Jameela Deen says:

      Excellent, this is exactly what I intended to do with this post 🙂 Thanks

  2. Pinay Flying High says:

    I love the doors series!
    you’re right! It’s absolutely beautiful!!! 🙂

    1. Jameela Deen says:

      i have loads of pictures of Tunisia and if you ever need any help to plan a trip there i\’d be more than happy to assist you. You know where to find me 🙂 As for the doors i\’ve already set my eyes on one to become my front door when i finish building my house

  3. Vitaliy says:

    Off the beaten path is often the best path to travel 🙂

    I would add this one Tunisia’s gem to the list:
    Tatooine
    This is the place where Star Wars was filmed.

    Happy New Year!

    Happy 2015!
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    1. Jameela Deen says:

      I think you may have been talking about Matmatah, which is a city near Gabes famous for its troglodyte dwellings (houses carved out in the rock)

  4. Tim | UrbanDuniya says:

    Lovely pictures here! I had no idea Tunis and the cities were so picturesque! Ahhh… one day!! 😀
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    1. Jameela Deen says:

      The thing about Tunisia is that most poeople think of it as a holiday resort, which it is around Hammamet for instance but if you actually leave the beach for a bit you\’ll get to see so much more. The best part is you can realistically tour the whole country in 2-3 days as it is really quite small.

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