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    Posted on September 29th, 2009 admin No comments

    Tunisia

    The mighty Atlas Mountain Range dissects the country into two distinctly defined regions. The northern territory is itself mountainous and far more fertile than its southern counterpart. Where the north, with its sparse population, dense forest and manageable inclines makes for ideal tours for exploration, hiking, mountain biking and nature-rambling, the arid deserts in the south provide the perfect opportunity for camel trekking and the chance to experience the largest hot desert in the world: the vast Sahara. Those determined not to stray too far from the lapping Mediterranean might opt instead to try scuba diving or one of the many watersports available off the coast. Moreover, Tunisia’s climate that varies from Mediterranean to African allows holidaymakers to select a tour destination whose temperature suits them best.

    A country with a long and distinguished history, Tunisia has within its borders a wide variety of fascinating historic monuments and buildings. Over the ages, the country has been subject to the influence of a string of civilisations — Phoenicians, Spanish Vandals, Arabs, Turks, the French and Romans — and each have left their mark on the landscape and culture of Tunisia.

    Perhaps the most famous aspect of North African history is the Carthaginian Empire, which was the arch-nemesis of the great Roman Empire in the second and third centuries BC, and though the Romans effectively destroyed the city of Carthage in the third Punic War, it retains to this day much of its splendour of old and is now a designated World Heritage Site. Many Roman buildings such as the Antonine Baths and the amphitheatre in modern-day Carthage are sights not to be missed, and a tour to the Bardo museum reveals one of the largest selections of mosaics in the world, as well as antiquities that date from prehistoric times through to present-day Tunisia.

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