Among those tourist destinations, which Russian recreationers have been fascinated by only recently, Tunisia occupies one of the leading positions.His attractiveness – in numerous cultural wealth, which went from the departed civilizations: Punic, Roman, Arab; In the charm of huge beaches with small sand; in delightful gardens raid; In the virgin beauty of oasis and salted desert lakes. In addition, Tunisia is the most Europeanized from Arab countries. In a small state – five international airports, fashionable hotels are towering in the capital, and golf courses are on the map as attractions. Convenient roads are built here, hotels service will satisfy the most demanding customers. Healing climate and thermal waters attracted here people from Europe at all times. Nowadays, spa towns are built in the most beautiful areas of the country, one hotel complex is adjacent to the other, and their choice is very diverse.
Still, for most Russian tourists, Tunisia remains the land unknown. Especially for them is designed to be published below the material, rather a reference than an artistic sense having a practical orientation. After all, natural beauty and unique attractions of this amazing country you can appreciate yourself, without our hint. But some useful information is better to get in advance before the trip. In this we will help you.
Tunisia is washed in the north and in the East of the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded by the mountains of the Atlas and the Sugar Desert. Strait 120 kilometers wide separates Tunisia in the north of Sicily.
The average height of the mountains is 700 meters, and the highest peak of Shambby – 1544 meters.
The coast of Tunisia extends more than 1000 kilometers. His big part occupy the beaches. Coastal dunes are located in the northern and northeastern part of the country. The most populated and lively areas of the coast are located in the east – from Hammamet to the island of Djerba, the main tourist facilities are also placed here. From Hammamet to Susta go beaches with white sand.In the north of Tunisia, on the coast, coming from Bizerti to Tabarka, landscape is more wild. There beaches are mixed with cliffs. The coast in the area of Tabarca is called Coral, this is the kingdom of underwater hunting and fishing.
South of Tunisia is located in the Sahara desert. This is the most amazing part of the country. If you refuse the comfort of three-, four- or five-star hotel on the coast and go for a few days on a tour of the desert, you will understand that no hotel "stars" Do not replace you with thousands of stars in the magic sky above your head. Oasisa’s special beauty gives the desert. Travelers always amazes the womb pattern, cradled by green threads of oasis on an infinitely extended canvas of the desert.
In addition to the capital of Tunisia, the city with the same name, there are a lot of places in this country, to visit which it would not be at all. Among them, we especially recommend Sousse. This big old town is both a resort, tourist, industrial, agricultural and training center. He is an ancient Carthage.
Sports Susta held Mediterranean games. Governor of the city recently allocated 4.7 million. Dinar to finance various sports projects. He intends to build in the city of Youth Center, Tennis Court, Olympic Stadium and Public Pool.In the Sousst Tourists attract beautiful beaches, as well as unique historical monuments. They keep the memory of the past and give the city a unique color.
Djerba Island. This is really the very island of lotophods, which did not want to leave the Uliva satellites (Odyssey).Yellow-green palm trees, pure blue sky, amazingly white sand and the opportunity to engage in golf, piloting of ultralight aircraft, diving attracts the island an endless flow of vacationers.
Hammamet. Hammamet Along with Jeroba is the most visited place, as evidenced by the number of clubs in the city approaches. And it is better to say – to the town with a small port. Thanks to a happy coincidence, a beautiful beach has become a world famous resort, where celebrities love to rest. Hammamet is unique with its nature: Zitrus plantations, olive and orange groves, intermitted with white villas with beaches with white villas with beaches of cypresses begins for amazing beaches of the bay.
Closer to the resort area – a huge number of benches, where they sell leather and carpets. Thalassotherapy Center "Bioazur" in Hammamete. "Thalala" Translated from ancient Greek language means "sea", And thalassotherapy is a science of human treatment with sea water and marine mud.
Here you will be offered the following programs: General recovery; postpartum therapy; treatment of arthrosis; antistress; antipers; For those who want to quit smoking; For those who want to lose weight.
The cost of each program depends on the duration of the course: from 295 dinar (4 days of procedures) to 695 dinar (12 days), including medical advice with interpreter services, free visit to the marine pool and Turkish bath.
Tunisia, who fully deserved the name of the globe for swimsters, offering approximately 1,200 km of small sand beaches, always filled with the sun, along which there are immaculately built and equipped hotels. Palm trees surround spacious pools, and paths catering among fragrant jasmine bushes lead to the beach.
Visiting the beach is free, lounge chairs are usually too. Paid (about 1 dinar) on some beaches there may be plastic sun beds with mattresses.
No dangerous fish and snakes off the coast of Tunisia.Your safety during swimming is guaranteed on aquatic space marked by buukers. The rescuers always duty here.
In the resort areas, tourists can dress easily and freely, but in the capital and old Muslim neighborhoods of cities in shorts and too open T-shirts is better not to walk. On "sore" beach or by the pool "his" Women’s hotels can afford to appear in a swimsuit without top. When bathing in the sea do not swim for fender booins. There are pass "Tracks" marine motorcycles, surfing, catamarans or boats. In addition, the flow, imperceptible at low tide, can carry a swimmer far away in the open sea.
It is better not to take money and valuable things: only a trifle to buy drinks.
It is not recommended to buy fruit on the beach. They are here roads and can be poorly washed. In the bars on the beaches you can drink and eat.In Tunisia, especially in summer, you need to drink a lot (23 liters per day), but not too cold drinks, best – mineral water. In large cities, water from the tap has an unpleasant taste.
Should not be in the sun for a long time. From 11.00 to 16.00 is better to be in the shade. It is recommended to use tan creams, a large selection of which is located in each hotel. Sunglasses are simply necessary.
Twilight in Tunisia Short, and hot day quickly turns into the evening, warm and star.
Many summer open disco. They open at 22.00 and usually work up to 3.00 in the morning. For gambling and wealthy people, we recommend casino "Emerod" (Hotel Sol Azur), which works with 15.00 to 3.00 in the morning. Winning is not taxed.
All year round stands smooth, warm weather. On the coast warm in spring and autumn, in the summer is hot, but from the sea to the beach blows the sea breeze. You can swim in October and even in early November. In the north, often in winter and early spring are raining. In the south, with an exceptionally hot and dry summer at night, it happens cool. But in the spring there is very good. The best time of the year for the southern regions is winter, although at night there is cool, on the day the sun shines brightly and pleasantly walk in the desert and oasis. While Europe trembles from the cold, you will enjoy fresh fruit.
Language. Official language – Arabic, very common French, part of the population knows Italian, German, less often English. All hotels personnel speak German and French. In a number of hotels, employees are successfully mastered Russian.
Religion. State Religion – Islam. 95% – People deep believers, Muslim Sunni. But here, with respect, they also apply to other beliefs – the remaining 5% confess Judaism and Christianity.
Time. Tunisian time in winter lags behind Moscow for 2 hours, and in the summer – on 3.
Currency. The monetary unit is Tunisian Dinar. It consists of 1000 million. There are banknotes worth in 5, 10 and 20 dinars and coins of dignity in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 million and 1 dinar. 1 US dollar equivalent to about 1.05 Tunisian Dinara. Import and export of Tunisian dinars is prohibited.
Banks and credit cards. From June to September Banks are open on Monday-Friday from 8.00 to 11.00. Other months: on Monday-Thursday from 8.00 to 11.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00, on Friday from 8.00 to 11.00 and from 13.00 to 15.00.
During Ramazan, if it falls for the winter, banks are open on Monday-Saturday from 8.00 to 15.00.
On the avenue on November 7, there are several ATMs with the capital. In all major cities there are bank branches and the exchange bureau, problems may occur only to receive cash on the VISA credit card, but it is taken at the airport and in many institutions in the tourist area. Money can be exchanged not only in banks, but also in hotels and most post offices. Most credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, American Express – are accepted when paying in large stores, hotels, car rental agencies and banks.
Markets. In small towns of the center of the country, it is necessary to go to the market. There are all products of everyday demand, but there are no truels for tourists.
Free trade is a very common phenomenon in the country, where the beggar is practically absent. In this regard, in cities and villages quite a lot of free vendors. All of them attack you from all sides, not showing tact and delicacy. Just this is their work – rushing to the car, freezing the blue name plate (car, rented), or on the tourist passing by.
In the markets it is accepted to bargain! If the seller calls the price, say, in 100 dinars, it means that it will be possible to go somewhere on 20-30 dinars. Not agreed, you can safely leave. But necessarily with a smile. In 50 cases out of 100 sellers will catch up and give the goods for the proposed price.
In stores where prices are installed, not accepted.
Transport. In Tunisia, it is more convenient to use a taxi or take a car for rent. Taxis are cheap and can be found everywhere. There are three types of taxi."Small taxi" Yellow runs only within the settlements. Cost 1 km – 280 million plus 100 million for each place of baggage. At night (from 21.00 to 5.00) tariff increases by 50%. Counter shows Millim, and not dinars. Maximum amount of tip – 500 million.
"Big taxi" Take to travel to long distances across the country. The cost is negotiated in advance.
"Route (or rent) taxi" Calculated for five people. It does not adhere to the schedule, and only gets risen when the machine is full. A car with a red stripe follows long distances, with blue – within the settlement.Parking of the route taxi exist in every city. Before the trip, it is necessary to figure out the official tariff and firmly adhere to it without listening to the driver who will call astronomical amounts.Municipal transport is represented by trams and buses.In the Tunisian capital – five trams routes. Ticket price 230-580 million, ticket for two weeks – 2,450-4,550 dinars depending on the zone. For children up to seven years, a preferential rate is provided.Buses do not have a specific route. In the windshield they write a number and destination in Arabic. Tourists use buses not recommended. The exception is the N35 bus, the following from the airport to the capital to Burgibiba Avenue. The fare is 350 million.
To visit the Northern suburbs of the capital, you can use the train, which is usually called TGM (Tunisia-la Gulele la Mars) and which goes 35 minutes from the city of Tunisia in La Marsu through La Gulet, Salambo, Carthage and Sidi Bu Sid.
There are regular air flights connecting among themselves the largest cities of the country: Tunisia, Monastir, Sfax, Tozer, Tabarca and Djerba.
Persons who have reached 21 years old can take a car. International rights must be issued for more than a year ago. You can rent a car in a hotel or at the rental point. The cost of the cheapest car is 75 dinars per day, one liter of gasoline "super" – 570 million.
In Tunisia there are Western European Road Rules. Movement – right-hand. In cities, speed is limited to 50 km / h, on large roads – up to 90, on highways – up to 110 km / h. On the island of Djerba speed on all roads – 70 km / h.
Tunisians are mostly attentive and cautious drivers, respecting pedestrians. On the roads a large number of police posts and checks. In addition to patrol machines on the highway, there are control points in many cities and settlements. Road signs on major highways are performed in Arabic and French. Parking machines can be produced in any safe that does not interfere with the movement.