Tunisia

Tunisia

Etymology

The word Tunisia is derived from Tunis; a central urban hub and the capital of modern-day Tunisia. The present form of the name, with its Latinate suffix -ia, evolved from French Tunisie. The French derivative Tunisie was adopted in some European languages with slight modifications, introducing a distinctive name to designate the country. Other languages remained untouched, such as the Russian Туни́с (Tunís) and Spanish Túnez. In this case, the same name is used for both country and city, as with the Arabic تونس, and only by context can one tell the difference. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

MentorNations Coding Series- Tunis Chapter – Join the MentorNations gang to spark passion for computer science, and perfect your skills in website and mobile app dev. Our team will alternate topics and locations with an aim to improve your technology skills, increase tech entrepreneurship in Tunisia, and provide access into mentorship relationships locally. [meetup]

OpenFab Tunisia – This group is aimed at all those interested in culture maker, DIY, Open Source Hardware and Fablabs, the objective is to bring together a DIY community, do-it-yourselfers of all kinds, to know them and make them known. [meetup]

Tunisia IoT Meetup – Let us find ourselves to create and then spread a common understanding of the Internet technology of objects, its applications, its standards and the problems related to the security of the data used. Join us to create an environment where we can discuss case studies and exchange about new IoT products. [meetup]

Tunis Management 3.0 – Agility is often associated with Scrum or Extreem Programming or Kanban. Soon, now that your teams have decided to adopt an agile approach, we begin to talk about self-organization, accountability, motivating and innovative environment … [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

FirstMet – Meeting singles from Tunisia has never been easier. Welcome to the simplest online dating site to date, flirt, or just chat with Tunisia singles. It’s free to register, view photos, and send messages to single men and women in Tunisia! [firstmet]

Tunisia Dating – The best and most serious chat and dating website 100% free dedicated primarily to date in tunisia (tunis, sfax, sousse, ettadhamen-mnihla, kairouan, gabès, bizerte, ariana, gafsa and in all tunisian cities) and is used also in Arab countries, French-speaking countries, English & American cities and Mediterranean countries … [tunisia-dating]

Tunisian Dating- Love Habibi – The Web’s favorite place for Tunisian dating worldwide. Whether you’re new to this or finding out about LoveHabibi for the first time, signup free today and connect with other people from Tunisia looking for free online dating and find your very own LoveHabibi. [love habibi]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Intrepid Travel – At this stage we don’t have any organised trips to Tunisia. That said, Intrepid can create tailor-made tours to many destinations, including Tunisia. Our fully customised trips still offer the same small group experiences with local leaders, but made just the way you want it. Simply fill out your details below and one of our travel specialists will be in touch. [intrepid travel]

Pure Travel – Travel on inspiring and individual holidays, knowing that your holiday is locally sourced from responsible tour operators in your chosen destination. What are you waiting for? Be inspired today… [pure travel]

Siroko Travel – Although often associated with sun, sea and sand mass tourism, Tunisia is a versatile country, small in size but huge in natural and cultural wealth. Trekking is the ideal way to discover its enchanting heritage which harmoniously confines fragments of history with the treasures of a changing natural environment. [siroko travel]

Tour in Tunisia – With the Classic Tour you get 1st hand experience of what makes Tunisia a world class emerging destination. This tour is made for those who want to enjoy enchanting blend of European sophistication and Arabian exoticism. Enjoy a charming holiday to Tunisia offering visitors a variety of experiences, from the legendary Carthage to the island of the lotus eaters to the heartland of berbers. The classic tour of tunisia allow the visitor to experience the beauty of real Tunisia. [tour in tunisia]

Tours By Locals – Experience Tunis through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour ‘suggestions’ – each can be customized just for you. [tours by locals]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bardo Museum – Even non-museum fans can’t fail to be impressed at the haul of beautiful mosaics in The Bardo. This is one of North Africa’s top museums and it houses one of the world’s most important mosaic collections. It’s a showcase of ancient world artistry that isn’t to be missed in Tunis. [planet ware]

Bulla Regia – Tunisia has no shortage of Roman ruins, but Bulla Regia near Tabarka is the country’s most interesting and intriguing site. Here, the Roman inhabitants coped with the harsh summer climate by ingeniously building their villas underground, which has left the city houses incredibly well preserved today. [planet ware]

Carthage – Once Rome’s major rival, Carthage was the city of the seafaring Phoenicians forever memorialised in history books about the Punic Wars. The atmospheric ruins of this ancient town now sit beside the sea amid the suburbs of Tunis, a warning that even the greatest cities can be reduced to rubble. [planet ware]

Chott el Djerid – The moonscape of the Chott el Djerid is a storybook panorama brought to life, filled with shimmering mirages on the horizon and jigsaw puzzle pieces of blindingly white cracked land. This sprawling salt-pan near Tozeur is a desolate moonscape that wows with its stark and brutal beauty. [planet ware]

Djerba – If you’re looking for the picture-perfect beach escape, then the island of Djerba checks all the right boxes. The main island town of Houmt Souk has an old town district that’s a muddle of whitewashed houses. It is an attraction in itself, with plenty of shopping opportunities for those who want to get off the beach. [planet ware]

El Djem Amphitheatre – The walls of the mighty Roman amphitheatre of El Djem dwarf the surrounding modern town. This incredibly well preserved Roman relic is one of the best examples of amphitheatre architecture left standing in the world, reminding of Rome’s once grand grip across North Africa. [planet ware]

Grand Erg Oriental – Tunisia’s vast Sahara covers much of the country’s interior, and the most beautiful corner of the desert is the field of sand dunes known as the Grand Erg Oriental. These poetically beautiful dunes are a surreal and gorgeous landscape, shaped by the ever-shifting desert sands. For many visitors, this is a playground for riding dune buggies and camels, but nothing tops the simple pleasure of sitting atop one of these mammoth sand mountains and watching the sunset. [planet ware]

Hammamet – Hammamet is all about the beach. It is Tunisia’s top resort, a dreamy place dotted with pristine white buildings set beside a bright blue sea. The relaxing charms of this town woo all who come to sunbath on the white sand, or stroll in the restored old town souks. It’s a no-stress kind of place that sums up the pleasures of Tunisia in one pretty package. [planet ware]

Kairouan – With mosques, madrassas, and tombs aplenty, Kairouan has more than its fair share of monuments as the fourth most important city for those of the Muslim faith. The Arabic architecture here is truly inspiring and the skyline is full of skinny minarets and bulky domes. But it’s probably the back alleys of the city’s Medina that steal the show. [planet ware]

Monastir Ribat – One of Tunisia’s most photogenic buildings with its bulky walls, the Ribat in Monastir looks out to the harbour. Originally part of a string of coastal forts, this Ribat is one of the few still standing and has been grandly preserved. But it is now a tourist attraction rather than the town’s defence. [planet ware]

Sidi Bou Said – Impossibly cute, Sidi Bou Said is a cliff-top village with petite dimensions that seem to have fallen off an artist’s canvas. Unsurprisingly, artists have feted this little hamlet for decades. The whitewashed alleyways, wrought iron window frames and colourful blue doors are Tunisian village architecture at their finest, while the Mediterranean backdrop is the cherry on top. [planet ware]

Sousse Medina – Overlooked by the mighty Ribat and Kasbah, Sousse’s Medina just begs to be explored. This lovely old town district is a shopping paradise with a tempting selection of ceramics, leather-work and metalwork on display. Away from the souk streets, quiet and rambling back alleys are a charming place to dive in and sample local life away from the bustle. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Falconry Festival – If you’re around between June 23 and June 25 it might be an idea to head over to the Falconry Festival in Haouaria. Just like the above Jazz festival, this is an event that widely appeals to tourists with many making a specialist trip to Tunisia every year in a bid to experience it. [tourism tunisia]

Festival of Carthage-Byrsa – If you happen to be taking a trip out to Tunisia during the latter months of the summer, specifically between 15 July and 15 September, the Festival of Carthage-Byrsa in Carthage could be on the schedule. This is one of the more traditional events of the season and revolves around dancing, music and even horse riding. [tourism tunisia]

Festival of the Medina – Staged during Ramadan, the Festival of the Medina is again one of the top events of the Tunisian calendar. Most of the events, which include international movies and musical performances, are shown from the Tunis Municipal Theatre which also provides access to some nearby landmarks, like Kheireddine Palace. [tourism tunisia]

International Festival for Symphonic Music – This is perhaps one of the more interesting festivals to don the country, with the International Festival for Symphonic Music being held in El Jem between 14 July and 11 August. There are a total of seven shows of symphonic and orchestral music, with the likes of Egypt, Poland, Australia and of course Tunisia being some of the nations behind such work. [tourism tunisia]

International Festival of Bizerte – Held between 14 July and 17 August, this is another one of the long-lasting festivals that Tunisia boasts. We’re now on the 32nd version of the event and just like most of the others which have been browsed through, this is something which include music, dance and theatre. [tourism tunisia]

International Festival of Carthage – As the name highlights, this is a festival held in Carthage and happens to attract people from around the world. This year, it will be held between 12 July and 23 August, and will be the 50th time it has occurred. Music is the main theme, although there are also places for theatre, ballet, opera and cinema. [tourism tunisia]

International Festival of Dougga – If classical music is your thing, a trip to Dougga between 15 July and 6 August should not be spurned. The fact that it is again held in a Roman amphitheatre makes the effects of the performance even more impressive, with the acoustics of the venue being incomparable. There are also dance and theatrical events, with the festival usually attracting some of the top performers of the classical genre. [tourism tunisia]

International Festival of Hammamet – This festival is another long-lasting one, with this year’s event lasting for five weeks between 13 July and 22 August. It will be based in Hammamet and while it doesn’t attract the international superstars, it always features some of the most accomplished jazz and theatre performers in the business. [tourism tunisia]

International Festival of Sousse – In some regards, the International Festival of Sousse differs from a lot of the other festivals that we’ve looked at so far. This is an event which has been designed to celebrate the diversity of culture around the world, and will take place in Sousse between 14 July and 18 August. [tourism tunisia]

International Festival of Testour (Malouf) – Anyone who is familiar with Tunisian culture will recognise this festival in an instant. It has been created to savour Arab music known as Malouf, which has become hugely popular since it reached the country at the back-end of the 15th Century. This year it will take place in Testour between 17 July and 31 July, and as well as the standard Malouf performances there will be workshops and exhibitions which aim to educate visitors on the origins and style of this form of music. [tourism tunisia]

International Jazz Festival – Slightly earlier on in the year is the International Jazz Festival, with this being held between June 29 and 7 July. This time the lucky destination is Tabarka and it would be fair to say that the nature of this festival is much different to the previous one discussed. [tourism tunisia]

La Marsa’s Nights – If we return to the peak of summer we’re greeted with La Marsa’s Nights. Staged between 13 July and 18 August, unsurprisingly in La Marsa, this is a festival which takes full advantage of the picturesque costal region. It’s again aimed to throw whatever Tunisian culture it can on you, with music, theatre and ballet being common themes throughout this event. [tourism tunisia]

Oasis Festival – The Oasis Festival is another winter favourite, with this being held between 3 November and 6 November in Tozeur. In the past this event has attracted thousands of people, which is hardly surprising when you consider the fact it has history dating back to the late 1930s. It is designed to replicate the celebrations that were held by ancient nomadic people, and visitors can again watch camel races, storytelling and traditional dance events. [tourism tunisia]

Plastic Arts Festival – Lasting for just over two weeks between 22 July and 6 August, the Plastic Arts Festival in Mahres is a little more low-key than some of the other events that have been discussed. This is held on one of the smallest fishing towns of the area and rather than concentrate on music and dance, it is instead a festival to showcase some of the finest Tunisian artists around. [tourism tunisia]

Sahara Festival in Douz – If you happen to be heading out to Tunisia for the winter, the Sahara Festival in Douz between 8 November and 11 November is one not to be missed. In fact, it’s probably THE festival of the year and having taken place since 1910 it would fair to say that it’s one of the most prominent events that is held in the country. [tourism tunisia]

Sahara Tourism Day – Held on 12 November in Lessive, this is another famous event that dons the country ever year. The Minister of Tourism usually gets the event underway, and from then on it’s about celebrating everything there is to do with Sahara tourism. The peak of the event is probably the camel race, which has now been running since 2006. [tourism tunisia]

Summer Discounts – As strange as it may sound to some cultures, a lot of Tunisians regard the Summer Discounts period like a festival. Generally, this arrives shortly after the Eid holiday and in the case of the next event it will take place from 1 August to 15 September. [tourism tunisia]

Thoroughbred Horse Festival – Again, the name is in the game with this next festival. Thoroughbred is one of the most famous horse festivals in the country and if you’re around Meknassy between July 5 and July 8 it’s certainly worth a visit. This is an event which proves popular with a lot of tourists with many keen to see not only the traditional races, but also the military parades which are another feature of the festival. [tourism tunisia]

Ulysses Festival – Ulysses Festival is slightly shorter than some of the more recent festivals that we’ve taken a look at, with this taking place between 17 July and 25 July. It’s held in Jerba and is unsurprisingly made to celebrate the life of Ulysses who had visited Tunisia. It’s primarily a dance festival and if you arrive in time, you’ll see the first display which is deigned to decipher Ulysses himself. [tourism tunisia]

Yasmine Hammamet Festival – As the name may have given away, this festival is held in the popular area of Hammamet in the peak of the summer, on 12 July to be precise. It is one of the most significant festivals in the country and while live music is one of its premier attractions, it’s also possible to see art exhibitions, poetry readings or even talks from famous Arab writers. [tourism tunisia]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bike – You can hire bikes from many hotels and guesthouses in resort areas such as Sousse and the island of Djerba, and in the town of Tozeur where they are a great form of sightseeing. Most local hired bikes are old and not in top-notch condition. Anyone wanting to travel long distances by bike in Tunisia is better off bringing their bicycle from home.  [world travel guide]

Car hire – You can find major international and local companies at all international airports and within bigger towns. Hire is relatively expensive; the charge usually includes insurance and breakdown cover. To hire a self-drive car, you must be over 21. [world travel guide]

Coach – The national bus company is SNTRI which runs a fleet of air-conditioned modern coaches between towns and cities across the country. Booking ahead is a good idea during the peak travel season of August and September. [world travel guide]

Rail – Regular trains are run by SNCFT and connect Tunis with major towns. The main route is north-south between Tunis and Gabès, via Sousse and Sfax, with a branch line to Monastir and Mahdia. Other lines out of Tunis link the capital with Bizerte and other northern spots. [world travel guide]

Taxi – There are two kinds of taxis in Tunisia. Private metered taxis are readily available within towns and cities and are reasonably priced. If you would like to hire the taxi for a half or full day it’s usually cheaper to negotiate a price rather than work by the meter. There are also long-distance shared taxis called louages. They leave their departure points when full and serve the whole of Tunisia. This is the quickest form of public road transport, although it can sometimes be a lengthy process waiting for the vehicle to fill. There are many louage stations and prices are similar to those of buses and trains. [world travel guide]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Meteor Tunisia – Meet other developers using Meteor. Share your knowledge, apps, and get feedback from others. Meteor is the JavaScript application platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started. [meetup]

Pebble TN – This is a gathering to showcase projects from our amazing international developer community who love working on cool apps, exploring great connected hardware integrations, and sharing app development insight for the Pebble, Pebble Steel, Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round smartwatches. [meetup]

PrestaShop Tunis Ecommerce Meetup – PrestaShop is an Open source ecommerce software dedicated to innovative technology and providing online success for merchants and developers. We always want to grow our community and reach out to e-commerce lovers. [meetup]

Tunis Big Data Meetup – Tunis Big Data Meetup, is for everyone interested to know more about big data, from professionals to academics. We will try to work together and share our experiences and learned lessons. [meetup]

Tunis JavaScript Meetup Group – This meetup group is open to all JavaScript developers that happen to be in Tunis. Whether you’re interested in AngularJS, Ember.js, Backbone.js, Node.js, or even plain JavaScript you are more than welcome to join in and share with us your passion and experience. [meetup]

Tunis Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. [meetup]

Tunisie HTML5 User Group – This group is created to bring together the entire HTML5 community in Tunisia. Meetups will be organized after gathering a number of developers. You are interested in HTML5, Javascript, CSS ?? Join us! [meetup]

Women Who Code Tunis – Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organization tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Tunisia – If you are (or plan to be) an expat living in Tunisia, please find below a list of expat clubs, schools, general links for women living in the region. We also have useful information on the country the local embassies and much more… [expat woman]

Living in Tunisia- Expat – On the north of Africa, Tunisia hosts a large expat community. With its Mediterranean coast, its natural beauty, its rich and diverse culture, the country indeed has some seductive assets to invite expatriates to settle here to live and work. If you are looking for job opportunities in the local economy, mastering Arabic or French will be necessary so as to ease your integration process. [expat]

Your Expat Community in Tunisia – As-salām ‘alaykum and a very warm welcome to the InterNations expat community in Tunisia! We’re here to help guide you through all the hurdles of moving abroad. Many expats in Tunisia have found our network useful for preparing and undertaking the big move abroad, helping them adapt to their new environment with minimal hassle. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Tunisia LGBTQI – A monitor interested in everything related to the Tunisian & international LGBT community. [twitter]

Resources

Resources

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