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Yasmine Golf Course

Yasmine Golf Course

Yasmine Golf Course

Yasmine Golf Course — in comparison to Citrus Golf Course, there’s no doubt that Yasmine is slightly smaller in size. It boasts just one course, although it would be fair to say that it’s hugely challenging, yet still suited to players of most abilities. Funny enough, it’s another of those attractions in which you’ll also become accustomed to the Tunisian culture, with countless locals hovering on holes looking to sell balls or takeover your bag and act as a caddy. The combination of this and the design of the course makes Yasmine a fantastic experience for the typical golfing enthusiast. For more information, go to : www.golfyasmine.com


Tabarka

Tabarka

Tabarka

Tabarka (snorkeling) — the beautiful town of Tabarka in northern Tunisia is one of the most spectacular diving areas in the Mediterranean Sea. Its coral reef just of the coast is still under explored and you feel like Cousteau discovering the paradise for the first time!! The most beautiful coral reefs can be found in the National Marine Park, as well as near the rocky islands of La Galite. There are about 20 diving spots, including the amazing Pigeons Cave, with a rocky, colorful bottom and the water full of tiny fish, which is perfect for beginners. The depth of the cave oscillates around 3-12 meters. The Rock of Hakes, with a width of 10 meters is equally remarkable. Seemingly, you can see hakes weighing up to 40 kg swimming in this area.

The Cape of Tabarka offers divers thousands of shoals of multicolored fish and a water depth from 3 to 20 meters. A huge abundance of fauna and flora, including colorful anemones, majestic octopuses, funny crawfish, and a rocky bottom with lots of algae and rare black corals – these are the advantages of the local waters.


Sidi Bou Saïd

Sidi Bou Saïd

Sidi Bou Saïd

Sidi Bou Saïd – reachable on the TGM suburban train line, and overlooking the Gulf of Tunis, is this beautifully preserved cobbled town, named after a 13th-century Sufi saint and has long been a favorite retreat for European artists and intellectuals. Swiss-German artist Paul Klee came to paint there in 1914 and praised the clarity of the light. In season, coach-loads of tourists are dropped off here but for most of the time the town is a quiet, up-market, residential district. Slightly down the hill from the Café Sidi Chabaane, is a spectacular view of the whole of the Gulf of Tunis which lies below and the twin-peaked mountains the Phoenicians used to navigate by.

Red Lizard Train

Red Lizard Train

Red Lizard Train

Red Lizard Train — You’ll feel just like Indiana Jones as you step aboard the Red Lizard Train, called the Lézard Rouge in French. That’s because it was used in the Indiana Jones movie The Last Crusade, in which he fights on top of it. This famous historic train offers rides for tourists, running from Metlaoui to Redayef through Tunisia’s flat rocky desert. The train track was once used by mining trains to carry phosphates, and you’ll pass through the Selja Gorge before entering the mining areas in the mountains. The French antique train was built in the 19th century and is an attraction in itself, with its red wooden panels and old-fashioned carriages. Visitors can sign on for this train ride through: www.frontiersoftravel.com; www.gmtours.com; www.mosaicnorthafrica.com; www.tunisiatours.org.

Parasailing

Parasailing

Parasailing

Parasailing – parasailing is one of the major beachside activities in Tunisia. Being attached to a parachute by a harness and pulled along by a speedboat, provides participants with a nice view of various beach areas from the air. Beachside resorts at the town of Port el-Kantaoui, Hammamet, and elsewhere offer parasailing sessions.

Matmara

Matmara

Matmara

Matmara – located about six hours (471 km) south of Tunis, this part of southern Tunisia has become known for Berber residents who live in traditional troglodyte structures (caves which are carved into mountainsides, or beneath overhanging rocks of a cliff).

George Lucas, the filmmaker behind the “Star Wars” films, chose this location to film “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”, and “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”. As a result, this site has become a magnet for tourists wanting to see remnants of a unique architectural phenomenon turned into a Hollywood film set.

La Marsa

La Marsa

La Marsa

La Marsa (beach town) – for those staying in Tunis, one can take the TGM suburban train line from the capital to this beach town (the last stop on the TGM)(a.k.a. Al Marsa). There, you will find a town built around a moon-shaped beach. Once a resort for the Husseinite Beys in the 18th century, it is now where ambassadors live and Tunisians come to swim from early spring to late autumn.

Ksar Hadada

Ksar Hadada

Ksar Hadada

Ksar Hadada — For those “Star Wars” movie fans out there, a trip on the jeep to Ksar Hadada should not be missed. Located six hours (521 km.) from Tunis, this is the derelict location where scenes of “The Phantom Menace” were filmed and suffice to say, this has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Jeep Safari

Jeep Safari

Jeep Safari

Jeep Safari – while some opt to explore Tunisia’s landscape from above (hot air ballooning), others are more comfortable staying on the ground, and can have just as much fun exploring the country’s desert via jeep. While some may encounter a long-lost Roman-era town, others may find one-time sites for Hollywood films here, such as “Star Wars”. Among the tour outfits that provide such excursions are: www.tourcanvacations.com; tunisia-safari.com; www.tunisiafirst.co.uk; www.yonderbound.com

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning – those visiting Tunisia have the option of seeing the country – from its towns to the Sahara Desert from above – in a hot air balloon. Tour outfits offering such a unique experience include: www.discovertunisia.uk; www.incredible-adventures.com; www.ultramagic.com

Along with various tour outfits that provide for such excursions, an international hot air balloon event (Tunisian Balloon Festival) is organized every March (launched from locations such as Sousse and Hammamet).