One of the main draws in Tunisia is its vibrant capital, Tunis. Overlooking the Gulf of Tunis, the city lives and breathes its history. Dating from around 700 AD, the Medina is a labyrinth of alleys and streets that wind their way around the city centre. As well as the elegant Al-Zaytuna Mosque, this is where the majority of the city’s atmospheric souks are located, alongside hammams and traditional eateries. For a taste of the country’s ancient history, visit the city of Carthage. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it evolved from being a Phoenician colony from the 9th century BC into becoming a major outpost of the Roman Empire. It’s a treasure trove for history buffs, though there’s much to appreciate even if ancient history isn’t your thing. While in the area, be sure to visit the Acropolium of Carthage. Formerly a 19th-century Catholic Church, it now hosts arts and cultural events. Located in the city of El Djem, about a two-hour drive south of Tunis, the Amphitheatre of El Jem is a beautiful Roman construct that draws comparisons to the Colosseum in Rome. Another worthwhile visit is to the pretty town of Sidi Bou Said, with its iconic blue and white painted buildings. Overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean, it is also home to arty cafes and exceptional seafood restaurants.
When you rent a car in Tunisia, you can visit the city of Kairouan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Great Mosque of Kairouan (Mosque of Uqba). One of the most sacred sites in the Maghreb region, it covers 10,800 square meters and is a stunning example of Islamic architecture. It is also worth making a trip south to Matmata, a small Berber village renowned for its unique underground homes. Scenes from both the original and later Star Wars films were set here too, including at the Hotel Sidi Driss. With long stretches of coastline, crystal-clear water, and a warm Mediterranean climate, Tunisia boasts some of North Africa’s most spectacular beaches. The charming town of Hammamet is home to some of the best-known beaches in the country. Warm turquoise waters and diverse marine life makes Hammamet's beaches a paradise for snorkelling and scuba diving. If you're looking for more adventure, check out Monastir's beaches, which offer a wide range of exciting water sports including waterskiing and surfing.
Getting to Tunisia is easy due to the numerous direct flight routes from destinations around the world. The country’s main airport is Tunis-Carthage International Airport, which is where you can choose to pick up your rental car. The drive into Tunis takes a mere 25 minutes, while there are good road links to other destinations, should you wish to start your holiday elsewhere in the country. Tunisia has long been a popular visitor destination and has a wide choice of good hotels, many of which offer private parking. The north of Tunisia enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers, and mild winters. The further south you travel, the hotter temperatures get, especially towards the far south, which borders the Sahara Desert. If you are mainly visiting for the beaches and you like the heat, then June to August are great months to travel, with temperatures averaging at around 27 degrees. However, if you plan on spending more time sightseeing, particularly in more southerly parts of the country, both April to May and September to October are great options.
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Driving regulations in Tunisia are very similar to those of most continental European countries. Driving is on the right side of the road and the legal age for driving is 18, but most rental companies will require drivers to be at least 21. Tunisia has a very strict policy on drivers’ permitted blood alcohol level, so it is advised not to drink alcohol at all before driving. Seat belts are mandatory and speed limits range from 50km/h in urban areas to 90km/h outside the city and 110km/h on motorways. To drive a rental car, you have to carry all the necessary documents with you at all times: your driver’s licence, registration and insurance documents. The A1, A2, and A3 motorways are the only roads subject to toll payment. Road conditions vary, but motorways are generally well maintained. Street signs are typically in Arabic, French and English.