One week long trip to Tunisia - alone, as a female traveler
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Africa5 days / November 2019
Highs & Lows
Sidi Bou Said is a must to see
As I traveled further from Tunis, the cities were less and less touristic
At the end of 2019, in November, I traveled to Tunisia by myself, as a solo female traveler. As Tunisia is a Muslim country in Northwest Africa, of course, my friends and family were a bit worried about me, but I have to say that during the whole trip, I felt completely safe, and I only met nice people. The most important city in Tunisia is Tunis, my plane arrived at the airport of Tunis, and I took a taxi to the city center where I stayed. The old town of Tunis, the so-called Medina is magical. There are many restaurants and spice vendors, so the whole old town has a special smell. At the bars, people smoke water pipes. The houses are all painted in white and blue and there are many wonderful mosques hidden in the winding streets. I went on two day trips from Tunis: to Sidi Bou Said, which is a real gem by the sea over a hill, and I also visited the Archeological Park of Karthago.
If you want to visit other cities of Tunisia, not only Tunis, you should travel to Sousse, which is only 140 km from Tunis. I took the train to Sousse, where I spent two nights. The old town of Sousse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is worth a visit. There are pretty houses, the old town is very vivid, it is full of bars and shops. I loved the Ribat, which can be visited for a small fee, so as the Grand Mosque. There are also many museums in the city. One thing you should not miss in Tunisia is trying their Turkish baths, the so-called Hammams. It is important to know, that women and men cannot visit Hammams at the same time, so for example women can only enter in the afternoon, while men in the morning. Professional staff will take care of you, and at the end of the visit, they will serve you delicious tea as well.
From Sousse, you can easily travel to Monasir. I went on a day trip to the city. Monastir has also a pretty old town or Medina, and the city is also famous for being the birthplace of President Bourguiba, who did a lot to develop the economy of Tunisia. My favorite place in the city was the Ribat, and the park next to it. Monastir is also a perfect place for a holiday, as it has a wonderful beach if you happen to visit it during summer. However, in wintertime, it is also worth visiting the country, as there are fewer tourists, and you can learn a lot about the culture and the history of the country. I tried many of the delicious food of Tunisia, like the couscous, the brik, and the snack bambalouni. I slept in hotels in the old town, in traditional houses. And being alone did not have any negative effect on my journey. I had a great time and I met a lot of nice people.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I wish I had more time to visit the Southern part of the country, but for that, I should have taken a domestic flight
Anything go wrong during the trip?
After 9 pm, it is hard to find any restaurants open at wintertime, but the locals were nice to serve me even though, they were about to close when I arrived.
How was the food?
Try local dishes in the Medinas. The waiters are happy to give you some recommendations
In November the weather was a bit cold, so a warm jacket is needed, even though you are in Africa
Train in Tunisia is cheap and comfortable, however, they are a bit slow.