Just under 3 hours away from the UK with 1,000 miles of coastline and half the country covered in sand dunes, Tunisia is ideal for a spot of desert action in the winter or fix of sunshine in the summer. The country may have something of a reputation for catering to the three star market, but Original Travel has visited recently and sorted the wheat from the chaff to offer a couple of excellent hotels and activities that make this a potentially hugely rewarding destination. For example, the excellent Residence Hotel, just outside Tunis, is a sister property of the Residence in Mauritius and every bit as good.
Tunisia has a fascinating history that has seen occupation by everyone from the Romans to Arabs, Berbers and Phoenicians. The ancient city of Carthage, artistic suburb of Sidi bou Said and the bustling medina of Tunis are all within easy reach of each other, and for those wanting to explore an even more authentic side of Tunisia the Sahara is only a short propeller plane flight away.
In the desert there's the option of exploring by 4x4 or quad bikes or the more sedate pastime of watching the sunrise over the vast salt plains nearby. As well as this Star Wars fans should know that several scenes from the original movie were shot here in Tunisia, although for some that might be more of a deterrent than a draw.