Indulging In Desert Romance Of Tunisia – Part II

Tourist attractions

Tunisia Medina:

Discovered by Arabs in the 7th century, this legendary Medina once was Tunis. Today, this marvelous site has been marked as an UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the touch of antiquity and royalty. Its twisted streets are clogged with majestic palaces and monuments hailing from different epochs. The whole royal touch renders it an extraordinary feel and it feels as if one has landed altogether on a new planet. Maze streets of Medina are embellished with hidden mansions and magnificent ancient architects.

Tunisia Medina
Medina’s architectures are an idyllic spot to visit, as the narrow streets are cool during summers and warm during winters. Because the streets are narrow, houses had to be built aloft, eventually building the vaults and rooms above the streets. This appearance of it renders the central lane a subterranean feel. During the 19th century, the French built up the Ville Nouvelle which led to mass withdrawal of Medina as locals left their ancestral houses to settle in the posh suburban seaside homes.

Zaouias, the complexes encircling a tomb of a saint and huge palaces were transformed to manage the new arrivals. The 1930’s and 1940’s witnessed vast demolition motivated for sweeping the slums and clearing the roads for swift vehicle movements. The demolition days have passed long since and there are numerous organizations aiming for conservation. Medina’s most trim area is located near the Place du Gouvernement.



Kairouan, the revered city is one of the most consecrated Islam cities. This walled city presents a mysterious appearance with dilapidated, white-washed, blue and green colored houses, some of which hang bird cages and are marked with Fatima’s hand, yet they appear to be exotic. Here, Arabs marked their presence when they arrived from the east in 670 AD and established this spot as their first base in Kairouan. Kairouan is venerated too highly in the Islamic hierarchy and it is regarded as seven visits to this holy spot equals to one visit to Mecca. If you haven’t lost in other Medina’s of Tunisia, this holy city is sure to stagger you. Over here, selling carpets and praising gods are regarded as most revered occupations. Grab some beautiful carpets and preserve them as the most cherished items for your lifetime to mark your visit to the holy city of Kairouan.



A serene coastal town with a fortifying old Genoese Fort (unfortunately closed for the public) slouching over a long stretch of enticing white sand, Tabarka is locally coined as ‘music town’ which can be attributed to music festivals taking place over here. Your pleasant stay in Tabarka for a few months can shift you from sophisticated jazz festival to the sounds of Latin or Rai beats. You will go hip-shaking alike the others who get down on the floor for the whole day. Tabarka is a bit less developed boasting old-fashioned ambiance and pavement cafes. However, it is a Tunisians fun spot and rarely interrupted by foreigners. You may find the locals hooking upon the shishas.

salt Lake Chott el-Jerid


Past chasing the magnificent landscape of salt Lake Chott el-Jerid, you will discover the vast and exceptional palmeraie that covers Tozeur. Get down in the salt lake, as it appears like a snow-covered sheet which runs for miles ahead. If you step on the crackling surface of salt lake, the salt gets stuck to your shoe and the salt lake’s water is clearly visible beneath. Also, this lovely salt lake remains dry for 10 months in the year and offers a causeway build over it. Make sure that you catch a walk above it and grab all the stunning views it affords. If you head in Tozeur town’s old quarters, you will come across small maze with captivating exquisite brickwork houses, arches and walls. Stroll in the tangled streets and explore the charming side of this lovely town.

Indulging In Desert Romance Of Tunisia – Part I

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