From north to south and east to west, Tunisia reveals colours, fragrances, iridescent landscapes and a vibrancy that will charm visitors in search of relaxation or thrilling adventures. Once inhabited by many civilizations that fought to keep it for themselves, the country now has a most welcoming population that expresses itself in Arabic and in mellifluous French infused with various Mediterranean accents.
The smallest country of the Maghreb region, Tunisia stretches over 163,610km2. Bordered by Algeria to the west and Libya to the southeast, Tunisia has always been a major entry point for a multitude of conquering nations. An African state with some 10 million inhabitants, its territory encompasses a great variety of landscapes: long sandy shores, mountains, valleys, plains and barren deserts. The Tunisian coasts spread over 1,300km, revealing heavenly beaches and quiet bays to the east, where the sea is calm and warm along most of the shoreline.
Leaving the Mediterranean seaboard to enter Tunisia's heartland, one walks upon mountainous territories featuring green summits in the north and arid hillsides in the south, mystical steppes and lush oases, as well as undulating, monochromatic sand dunes that are ideal for meditation and solitude. Finally, a trip to Tunisia would not be complete without visiting the numerous archaeological sites that bridge the historical, spiritual and cultural gaps between the past and the present, laying the groundwork for this legendary country of contrasts.