Tunisia is a country in northern Africa. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in the north and the Sahara desert in the south-east. Tunisia has a more than three thousand years old history. During this long period of time, Tunisia has seen a multitude of civilaziations, such as the Punic, Roman, Vandals, Byzantines and later the Berber and Arabs. Urbanism is as old as its culture and has been well developed in cities like Carthage, Tunis, Kairouan, Mahdia, Sousse, Monastir and Sfax.
Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean areas and offers a unique combination of nature and culture.
Lighting up Africa 2015 workshop will be held in Sidi-Bou Said, Tunis
at the University of Carthage-IHET « Institut des Hautes Etudes Touristiques de Sidi Dhrif », Sidi-Bou Said, Tunis, Tunisia.
Sidi Bou Said (Arabic: سيدي بو سعيد) a town in northern Tunisia located about 20 km from the capital, Tunis. Named for a religious figure who lived there, Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji (previously it was called Jabal el-Menar). The town itself is a tourist attraction and is known for its extensive use of blue and white. Souvenirs can be bought in the main street. It can be reached by a TGM train, which runs from Tunis to La Marsa. In the 12th century/13th century AD Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji arrived in the village of Jabal el-Menar and established a sanctuary. After his death in 1231, he was buried there. In the 18th century Turkish governors of Tunis and wealthy citizens of the latter built residences in Sidi Bou Said. During the 1920s, Rodolphe d’Erlanger applied the blue-white theme all over the town (Wikipedia).
Attend the workshop at this exceptional place near the historic city of Carthage and the beautiful small village Sidi Bou Said !
Only a few minutes away from Sidi Bou Said, the historic city of Carthage offers relicts of a glorious heritage to its visitors.
For more than 3000 years, Carthage belonged to the largest and major economic forces and dominated the Mediterranean Sea with its powerful navy. Step on historic soil and feel the spirit of the past glorious empire by joining our visit to this beautiful city. Another destination will be Sidi Bou Said, a lovely blue and white artist village, gaily perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Tunis.
The main international airport in Tunisia is Tunis-Carthage Airport (airport code TUN) is located four miles from the capital city of Tunis, Tunisia. Africa’s 10th busiest airport, Tunis is the country’s largest city. Also named for the historical center of Carthage that sits just north of the airport.
Buses and taxis provide transport to and from the airport. The distance between the airport and the venue is about 15 km.
Transfers from/to airport will be provided.
A visa is required for citizens from some countries. However, nationals from most EU countries, USA, etc. do not need a visa. Please consult the nearest Tunisian consulate or embassy office for entry requirements. Generally, to get a visa, it takes around one week, but please apply as early as possible for your visa, no later than one month. For further information please follow this link.
Situated within the subtropical zone of the Mediterranean, the Tunisian climate is a mixture of that of the Mediterranean and of Africa. In the south, regions have just two seasons – a long, hot summer followed by a brief season of rain – whilst the rest of the country has a spring and autumn (although these seasons are considerably shorter than those experienced in Europe).
The weather in Tunis is pleasent at this time of the year (March). Temperature may range between 16 °C and 25 °C.
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The national currency is the Dinar (TND). One Euro is approximately equivalent to 2.25 TND and one US dollar to 1.95 TND. For the actual rates, please click here.
Traveller’s checks and credit cards are also accepted and money can be withdrawn with credit cards at banks or directly at automatic teller machines. Credit cards are generally accepted in upscale hotels, boutiques, restaurants and other shops.
|Visiting Tunisia’s old Medina – the historical district of the Tunis – is considered one of the most beautiful medinas in the Arab world. Located in the old city (the Medina), the Souks offer a selection of objects of unsurpassed beauty and distinction, excellent arts and craft and traditional work. A sharp eye, nerves of steel, a show of disinterest and a good sense of humor will make shopping a real pleasure.Whatever the season, your first glimpse of Tunisia will be one of golden beaches and a deep blue sea. With over 1200 kilometers of coast this sunny Mediterranean land is a paradise for the vacationer. Well known seaside resort areas – Hammamet and Nabeul, Sousse, Monastir, Djerba and Tabarka offer their visitors the finest sand beaches and crystalline water along with a dizzying choice of waterfront hotels featuring sun and sea sports as windsurfing and sailing, underwater sightseeing, fishing and short boat rides. Nearly Hotels are built with the visitor’s comfort and enjoyment in mind and their restaurants feature both international as well as Tunisian Cuisine. During the peak summer season no effort is spared to provide the maximum of activities at the hotel and throughout the region. Summer festivals held nearby invite you join in with your Tunisian hosts to celebrate Father Neptune, share their local folklore, enjoy a concert or or just have fun.Reminders of this rich historical past abound and visitors will return again and again captivated by the diversity of this Mediterranean land. Ask at your hotel for guided tours and information.
The Tunisian Tourist offices in most European capitals or in all major cities in Tunisia can supply a list of Guides, maps, brochures, and advice to help you plan an unforgettable vacation.