Is It Safe To Travel To Tunisia?
If you’ve had to cancel travel plans to Tunisia in 2015, you may have heard of recent intentions to recommence flights in March, by major airlines. As reported in the Telegraph, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz is encouraging tourists and international authorities to return to Tunisia, due to his confidence in Tunisia’s security measures.
However, the current advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises against all but essential travel to most of the region, while some areas are designated complete no-go zones, including the Chaambi Mountain National Park area. It’s stated that further terrorist attacks remain highly likely, including against foreigners in tourist resorts.
As it’s not advisable to explore the diverse natural beauty that Tunisia offers for now, here’s an ‘armchair traveller’s’ sneak peek.
Tunisia’s beaches are a Mediterranean dream, with pristine aqua waters, white-sands and dramatic cliffs. Coastlines surrounded by a desert landscape join popular resort beaches, meaning there’s a stretch of sand for everyone. The town of Hammamet is a holiday mecca, with a wealth of marine life for snorkelling and diving.
Monastir offers waves perfect for water sports, including surfing, skiing and boating. Djerba is the quintessential beach lover’s dream, with swaying palm trees, turquoise water and powdery sand, while El Haouaria is off the beaten path, for unspoiled nature among quaint villages.
History in Tunisia
For history buffs, there’s a lot to love about Tunisia, with an Ottoman and colonial past to explore. Hammamet’s Medina is a maze of souks, filled with souvenir shops and beautifully preserved buildings. The Kasbah offers sweeping coastal views from a café in the ramparts. Outside of town, you’ll find the Roman site of Pupput, with Byzantine tomb mosaics and fascinating remnants of 5th century buildings.
Tunisia Resorts, Attractions and Nightlife
Adventure enthusiasts are well-catered for in Tunisia, with everything from camel treks and hiking, to cycling, diving and attraction parks. In most towns, a buzzing café culture thrives, with snacks and shisha pipes. There’re festivals and events during summer, a theatre season, folklore performances and cinemas. The top resort areas offer beach nightclubs in amongst luxurious, all-inclusive resorts, including British pubs complete with dart boards and pool tables.