Tunisia, which is often thought of as only a beach vacation, has a plethora of unexpected tourist attractions and things to do for those who travel away from the sand.
This is North Africa condensed into a small package. In the towns, there are pastel-washed alleyways and bustling souk streets to discover; in the countryside, there are old ruins to discover; and the huge desert expanse of the Sahara to the south, with its sweeping dunes, rugged mountains, and secret, palm-tree-filled oases.
Tunisia was Rome's breadbasket, and the Romans' cultural legacies are more than enough motivation to pay a visit. However, the country contains some of the most exquisite examples of Islamic architecture in the region thanks to the history of Arab empires.
It's time to head into the Sahara to see the raw, empty grandeur of the desert after craneing your neck at Kairouan's minarets and playing gladiator at El Djem. When you return, the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, flanked by palm trees and lapped by calm waves, will be waiting for you.
With our list of the top tourist attractions in Tunisia, you can learn about more locations to visit in this fascinating country.