What to see near Tunis or (Northern) Tunisia: It’s a country full of colours and contrasts: The white facades, the blue sky, ocean and doors, green farmlands and the red of the tomatoes and Harissa (chili paste) found in Tunisian food create a wide-ranged palette. It got even more colourful when we left Tunis to explore some smaller towns, the countryside and the Mediterranean Sea. We arrived in our buddy’s hometown, Menzel Bourguiba, and were greeted incredibly warm by his family and friends. Hardly any tourists find their way to that little industrial town, therefore we weren’t only welcomed like special guests by the friendly locals but also got to experience their way of life. We ate homemade couscous and drank lots of mint tea in the cafés, which still is dominated by men only.
Café Ajili, our buddy’s regular haunt: The men love to play cards, smoke or to sit outside, watch people and discuss life. A lot of coffee and mint tea is flowing but no booze.
As we were driving to Bizerte I was quite surprised to see such green landscapes in Tunisia. Apparently the land is very fertile and nearby Lake Ichkeul is one of the country’s most important national parks.
A lot more is going on in Bizerte, where you’ll find everything you’d expect from a seaside town: A pretty harbour, a palm-fringed promenade and a thriving fish market, where you can get the freshest catch for a delicious lunch.
And of course we had to stop for some ocean views on that sunny New Year’s Eve day 😉
We thought it couldn’t get much better, but then we arrived in Sidi Bou Said, a fancy suburb of Tunis – a postcard-perfectly manicured village where tangerines just grow on the street and photographers will find one photogenic spot after another. Popular among artists and visitors alike, this picturesque place is a must-see!
I love any Mediterranean cuisine and Tunisian food was no exception. The couscous was superb!
It was a sunny and warm day and we headed to THE spot for a coffee/tea break in Sidi Bou Said. Omg, Café des Delices was breathtaking: Sitting on one of the terraces, overlooking the port and the sea and soaking up the sun was my personal highlight of the entire trip. The drinks are way above Tunisian average prices but we happily paid for that amazing view… This place will be remembered as one of the prettiest cafés I’ve ever been to ❤️
It’s been only 4 days in Tunisia but we got to see a lot of different faces and colours of that fascinating country!