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A Trip to Ancient Tunisia

A Guide to Tunisia’s Archaeological Wonders

A trip to Tunisia may be notable for many things – fantastic beaches, luxurious resorts and, increasingly, great golf courses. But there’s one more ingredient in its heady holiday destination mix which is arguably its strongest and most unique: its awesome array of archaeological remains.

Where to start

Most tourists tend to stay in one of the big resort towns that line the Tunisian coast. In many ways the resort town of Hammamet is the perfect place to be based when it comes to accessing the country’s historical sites. Hire a car, hit the road, and then return for an evening’s cooling dip in the sea; it’s the ideal setup.

Heading out from Hammamet

For those holiday-makers whose Tunisia trip is based in Hammamet, once you’ve settled into you hotel and got your bearings, the first point of call should be probably be Kerkouane. A little to the north of the resort, it nevertheless has an out of the way feel that’s either exciting or disconcerting depending on your point of view.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1985, it’s a stunning collection of extensive Punic ruins. The city itself was deserted in the wake of the first Punic War sometime in the middle of the third century BC, but excavations have uncovered remains stretching back to the fourth.

Captivating Carthage

Being only a couple of hours’ drive from the capital Tunis, Hammamet is the perfect jump-off point for the most famous of Tunisia’s attractions: Carthage. A city whose origins stretch back to the sixth century BC and was home to legendary general Hannibal (amongst half a million other inhabitants at its peak), Carthage was at the center of a vast Mediterranean trading power, and is now one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

For the more adventurous, two other Roman sites lie inland. The wonderfully preserved remains of the town of Dougga are not far from the town of Terboursouk, while a little further to the west, lie the hot springs of Hamman Mellegue.

Dougga in particular is outstanding. Another of Tunisia’s World Heritage Sites (the country’s practically littered with them!) the site contains a mausoleum, a couple of fascinating temples and a wonderful amphitheater stretched out over a site of some 3km squared.

Both Dougga and Hamman Mellegue are fairly considerable distances away from the coastal resorts – but that’s part of their appeal. Bumping along the country’s dusty roads, admiring its dramatically arid and stark landscapes, is the stuff of adventures… the stuff of romance… the stuff of travel!

Book Round Trip Airline Tickets to Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid, though the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, is only used for state ceremonies. It has around 3,000 rooms, a vast garden and an armory. By floor area, it is the largest royal palace in Europe. Along with booking round trip airline tickets, you can book tickets online for a tour of this majestic palace. A rectangular, arcaded square, Plaza Mayor, is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. A site for many events in the past such as soccer games, bullfights and public executions, in today’s world it is famous for its shops and cafes.

One of the largest parks of the city, the Buen Retiro Park, belonged to the Spanish royal family until the end of 19th century. It is a grand park filled with exquisite sculpture and monuments. It also has an art museum and a lake. It hosts many events such as book fairs, puppet shows etc. There’s also a well-equipped outdoor exercising area.

There are many museums which houses a massive art collection and archaeological collection, such as Museo Nacional del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Museum of Lazaro Galdiano and Museum Cerralbo. The art collection belongs to different cultures such as English, Dutch, Italian and German. The pieces of art are from 13th to 20th century. Book some great round trip airline deals and soak in the culture and history these museums have to offer.

Founded in the 9th century, the buildings of this historic city is a testimony of the grandeur of European Culture. The best time to visit are the months of September, October, April, May and June. Book round trip airlines tickets well-in-advance to avail lucrative round trip airline deals.

Football fans can go on a pilgrimage of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, which is home to Real Madrid C.F. The stadium was inaugurated on December, 1947.

One of the many attractions of Spain is the La Tomatina Festival, which is hosted by the village of Bunyol. Located 3 hours away from Madrid, you can rent a car or take a bus to visit this charming little village, the streets of which turn red during the festival. You’ll need to book the tickets for the festival months-in-advance. It’s held on the last Wednesday in August, every year. Another major attraction is Bullfighting. Though considered to be barbaric and regressive by some, many people still enjoy watching and even participating in Bullfighting. When you book round trip airline tickets, don’t forget to book your tickets to a Bullfighting show as well.

Two places of worship not to be missed are the Basilica of el Grande and the Almudena Cathedral. Madrid is a vibrant city blending history, culture and the present world in a way that it has something to offer to everyone who visit’s this beautiful city.