Tunisia is a country rich in natural beauty and spoilt with history. One of its most historical sites is that of Carthage, the Phoenician capital. It is almost 3,000 years old and is in impeccable condition. It has an incredibly diverse culture and architectural elements, due to its long periods under different empirical rules throughout the ages.

From the Romans to the Ottomans, to even the French, Tunisia has seen many countries come and go. For those who love history and want to feast their eyes on ruins and ancient cities, there is no better place to visit.

Brief History of Tunisia

Tunisia has changed hands from conquerors throughout the centuries. First, the Phoenicians claimed the land and built Carthage, then the Romans following the Punic Wars. The Vandals and the Byzantine Empire then followed before finally being taken over by the Arabs in 647. By the 1570s, it was taken over again by the Ottoman Empire, and then by France in the 19th-century.

Tunisia has worked hard and has finally managed to gain its independence. However, it wasn't until the Jasmine Revolution of 2011 that the state gained a stable democratic government. The Jasmine Revolution is considered to be the only uprising during the Arab Spring to have been a success.

Its recent rise to democracy means that civil unrest is still a risk, and between protests and the potential for terrorist attacks, travellers to this region need to remain vigilant, keep up to date with travel advisors, and may benefit from comprehensive travel insurance.

Historical Landmarks in Tunisia

Tunisia has many incredibly important historical landmarks:

  • Carthage ruins
  • The Bardo Museum
  • Medina of Tunis
  • The Antonine Baths
  • The Kasserine Pass

While there are risks associated with visiting Tunisia, there are also incredibly beautiful and historical landmarks to see and enjoy. Most landmarks are located in locations relatively safe for travellers to visit, but remember to check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)s recommendations before you fly.

Tunisian travel guide

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