Tunisia is the easternmost and smallest of the nations, along the Atlas mountain range, which borders Algeria to the west, and Libya to the south east.
One of the easiest African countries to get to, Tunisia is a tourist hot spot especially in high summer when tourists flock to the endless sunshine and beaches that line the coast.
Although escaping the flocks of tourists might be a challange, head to inland to Douz for a tour of the desert on camels or even quad bikes.
Although the capital, Tunis, is not the nicest nor cleanest capital, it can be fun trying your hand at bargaining in any of the city's thousands of stalls. Bargain hard though!!
Escape to the island of Jerba for some relaxing beach time or for more of a lively party atmosphere head to the huge seaside resort of Hammamet.
Tunisia began experiencing demonstrations and protests in December 2010, which culminated in the ousting of President Ben Ali in February 2011. Political and social unrest continue in much of the country. Tunisia’s revolution is thought to have triggered similar protests across neighboring North African countries including Egypt and Libya.
The US State Department has issued a travel alert for Tunisia which continues to alert US citizens to the potential for political and social unrest despite the order that has returned to many areas. A state of emergency is still in place and the State Department has advised US citizens to defer non-essential travel to the central, western, and southern regions of the country. The coastal tourist areas however, have stabilized although tourist services have been affected.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Climate: Hot and humid summers with cooler rainy winters.
Languages: Arabic, French, and a little English.
Power: 230V, 50 Hz
Currency: Tunisian Dinar
Time Zone: UTC+1