Tozeur is an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. The city is located North West of Chott el-Djerid, in between this Chott and the smaller Chott el-Gharsa.It is the capital of the Tozeur Governorate. Tozeur once a Roman outpost and a stopping point for the caravans coming from the sub Sahara, has a museum and medina (market place.) Today it still is a stopping point, but for tourists. Having seen the ‘little waterfall’, we then drove over the mountains to the 'big waterfall', just south of the village of Tamerza. Here, the waterfall, higher than the 'petite cascade', but narrower, plunges over a cliff into a U-shaped gully. Niagara it's not, but it's the best they have.
Tozeur's beautiful date-palm oasis is a serene and tranquil world. Here, below the shade of outstretched palms, a series of red-dirt paths wind through a wonderland of lush agricultural land. The oasis is on the south side of Tozeur, accessed off Avenue Abou el Kacem ech Chabbi from where a number of small streets run south to the oasis.
Tozeur's Medina (Old Town) is known as Ouled Hadef, and is the most atmospheric part of town. The geometric brick designs of the houses are very similar to the age-old design motifs found on many Berber carpets. Tozeur-style architecture is made from local kiln-fired clay or mud bricks, and can also be found in neighbouring desert towns.
The Chott el Djerid is the Sahara's largest salt pan.Fata Morgana (mirages) are commonly sighted here. It's a popular day trip from Tozeur, and one that shouldn't be missed by photographers - the surreal scenery offers the perfect opportunity for otherworldly shots.
Housed in the Koubba of Sidi Bou Aissa, Tozeur's small Folk Museum has a series of exhibits that explain the day-to-day life of traditional Tozeur households. There are also Roman columns and fragments of statues from ancient Thusuros on display, local craft products, furnishings, coins, pottery, jewellery, wedding costumes and Qur'anic inscriptions.
The traditional geometric brick designs continue to be used on many of the buildings. The hub of the new town is Place Ibn Chabbat, named after the 13th century imam who laid down the water distribution system for the Tozeur oasis. The main streets running off the square are a heaven for shoppers with dozens of stores selling local textiles and craft-work.
The Maison Blanche is a luxurious and comfortable hotel that offers its guests spacious and clean rooms. The large bathrooms have both shower and bath. The hotel is located only three kilometers away from the Medina. If you feel like having a lazy morning making the most of the comfort of your room, the breakfast can be served in all rooms. They also offer free parking.
The building of this hotel has unique traditional architectural features and its interiors are comfortable and homely. Dar Ben-Gacem has been furnished and decorated by artisans blending tradition and modernity. They serve fresh and well cooked breakfast every morning, and once you step out of the hotel after breakfast you’ll find yourself in the middle of a UNESCO heritage site, the medina of Tunis. Moreover, the hotel is a social enterprise that supports cultural preservation and gives its guests the possibility of experiencing the authentic Tunisia. The location is great, right on the edge of the Medina.
Le Corail is a modern hotel offering both the luxury and comfort of hotel accommodation and the intimacy of an apartment with its suites. This is a great option for business travelers, situated in the heart of the business district of Berges du Lac II and five minutes away from the Tunis-Carthage international airport. Access to Tunis is easy, the city center can be reached in ten minutes. The hotel offers a variety of suites at different prices adapting to the needs of guests, and they offer special prices for longer stays. The hotel has a Veranda where guests can kick back and take advantage of the services of the different restaurants and cafés. There’s often live music in the hotel’s restaurant for dinner.
This hotel is located in a calm residential area and provides easy access to the city, located ten minutes away from the business district, and the international airport, 15 minutes away. The hotel is also close to the banks, art galleries, cultural centers, the embassies, the big restaurants, and some fashion boutiques. A good option for both business and leisure travelers, Ariha offers single, double and triple rooms with all basic mod-cons including air conditioning. You can have breakfast in the breakfast room or the terrace, and the hotel also features a meeting room which can accommodate up to 50 guests.
The Bardo National Museum building was originally a 15th-century Hafsid palace, located in the suburbs of Tunis.The Bardo is one of the most important museums of the Mediterranean basin, and the second largest on the African continent after the Egyptian Museum. It traces the history of Tunisia over several millennia and through many civilizations through a wide variety of archaeological pieces. Being in the former palace, it offers many major works discovered since the beginnings of archaeological research in the country. Originally called Museum Alaoui the name of the reigning bey at the time, it has had its current name of Museum of Bardo only since the country's independence.
The urban layout of the Medina of Tunis has the distinction of not obeying geometrical layouts or formal compositions such as gridlines. Nevertheless the north-south and east-west axes are comparable to a Roman cardo and decumanus (Sidi Ben Arous, Jemaa Zitouna and Pasha Streets) that intersect at the court of Zitouna mosque, house of prayer and studies. The thoroughfares include the main streets; secondary streets and finally, small cul-de-sacs. Sometimes entire private spots are reserved for women. The built environment is generally characterized by the juxtaposition of large plots (600 m2) and joint ownership.
The mosque is the oldest in the Capital of Tunisia and covers an area of 5,000 square metres (1.2 acres) with nine entrances. It has 160 authentic columns brought originally from the ruins of the old city of Carthage. The mosque is known to host one of the first and greatest universities in the history of Islam. Many Muslim scholars were graduated from the Al-Zaytuna for over a thousand years. From Ibn 'Arafa, one of the greatest scholars of Islam, Imam Maziri, the great traditionalist and jurist to the famous Tunisian poet Aboul-Qacem Echebbi and countless others all taught there.
The Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul is a Roman Catholic church located in Tunis, Tunisia. It is dedicated to Saint Vincent de Paul, patron saint of charity. The church was built in a mixture of styles, including Moorish revival, Gothic revival, and Neo-Byzantine architectural traditions. Construction began in 1893 and the church was opened at Christmas 1897, albeit with temporary wooden bell towers owing to a shortage of funds.It is situated at Place de l'Indépendance in Ville Nouvelle, a crossroads between Avenue Habib Bourguiba and Avenue de France, opposite the French embassy.
The Baths of Antoninus or Baths of Carthage, located in Carthage, Tunisia, are the vastest set of Roman Thermae built on the African continent and one of three largest built in the Roman Empire. The baths are also the only remaining Thermae of Carthage that dates back to the Roman Empire's era.The baths are at the South-East of the archaeological site, near the presidential Carthage Palace. The archaeological excavations started during the Second World War and concluded by the creation of an archaeological park for the monument. It is also one of the most important landmarks of the Tourism in Tunisia.
This incongruous, trippy park is a testament to the liberal vision of the former mayor of Tozeur. Scattered around gorgeous grounds is what amonts to a 3D education on evolution, history and religion. Highlights include dinosaur-sized replicas of dinosaurs, a gallery of icons of the world's major religions and an excellent history of Hannibal and the Carthaginian wars. It's all tremendous fun and there's a particularly prettily situated restaurant, pizza place and cafe.
Tourism is heavily developed and promoted, and Tozeur is considered a center of "desert tourism". This becomes very evident if one visits the city during the "International Festival of Oases" in November/December of every year. The region is embracing the very unstable tourism economy and shying away from its traditional agricultural based economy that provided security for centuries.
Tunisia’s climate is essentially Mediterranean, so summers can grow very hot, particularly further south as one approaches the Sahara. Winters in the north can be quite bitter, with the temperature hovering in the low teens. Ideal times to visit are in the springtime, particularly from April to June, when the fields in the north are a picture of blooming poppies and the apricot season is at its height, and again in September and October when the edge comes off the summer heat and the first dates are harvested.
According to the Overseas Security Advisory Council ( www.osac.gov ), which is a Federal Advisory Committee advising travelers about the safety risks of various areas in the world as they apply to United States travelers, Tunis is a travel destination with moderate threat of crime. For the thorough safety information report put out by the Overseas Security Advisory Council in regards to Tunisia as a whole, travelers should visit http://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cf ... .The most common crime to affect Tunis tourists is petty theft, which is generally in the form of pick pocketing or purse-snatching. Increasingly common is cell-phone theft, with phones being taken directly from the hands of travelers as they are speaking on them. The area of highest risk of these sorts of crimes is the medina ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction... ). Travelers, especially when spending time in this area, should remain aware of their surroundings and avoid cell phone use when possible.
However, a U.S. passport is required: Your U.S. passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you plan to depart Tunisia. Your passport must have adequate unused visa pages to allow for entry and exit stamps upon arrival and departure from Tunisia. Australian passport holders are required to obtain a visa. This can be obtained on arrival at the airport. British, EU and Canadian passport holders can enter Tunisia without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days with exceptions for certain EU nationals.