Five Reasons To Visit Tunisia This Year
Wedged between Algeria and Libya, Tunisia may be small in size, but it has enough history and natural diversity to dwarf its much larger neighbors. With a long Mediterranean coastline dotted with many beautiful beaches warmed by the hot-summer-Mediterranean sun, Tunisia is the perfect destination for fun-in-the-sun holiday. No wonder it has been named one of the top 10 destinations for 2015.
If you are looking for some action, here are 5 reasons to visit Tunisia this year:
1. Yasmine Hammamet Festival (July 12)
If you want to feel the power and sweetness of Arabian music, then you should be in the beautiful beach town of Hammamet come July 12. One of the most significant festivals in Tunisia, it attracts famous musicians from all over the Arab world. But it is not only about music, you will also get to savor Arabian arts and craft, poetry recitations and literature at their creative best.
2. Falconry Festival (3rd week of June )
Do you want to feel the thrill of watching a falcon swoop down on its prey? Many people go to the beautiful seaside town of El Haouaria year after year just for the experience. While the locals hunt with their trained sparrow hawks (to hunt quails) and pilgrim falcons (to hunt partridges) throughout the year, the Falconry Festival takes place in the third week of June. The festival also offers cultural events like music shows and sea excursions. While there, you will also get the chance to visit the Roman grottos, for which the town is famous.
3. Thoroughbred Horse Festival (early to mid July)
Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Thoroughbred Horse Festival takes place in early to mid July each year in the town of Meknassy, near the city of Sfax. The town and the festival are internationally famous for purebred Arabian horses. During the festival, only the best breeds are allowed to take part in the races, which makes it all the more exciting. Another attraction of the festival is the military parade.
4. International Festival of Carthage (July)
Who hasn't heard of Hannibal, the general who almost brought the Roman Empire to its knees? But did you know that Carthage, at one time one of the most powerful empires of the ancient world, was and still is in present day Tunisia? Every year for two weeks in July, the International Festival of Carthage is held to commemorate the glory of ancient Carthage with ballets, opera and musical shows in the town's local amphitheater. The fact that One Republic and Shaggy have participated in the past speaks amply about it growing reputation.
5. Sahara Festival (2nd and 3rd week of November)
If you are curious about Bedouin culture and want to experience it, then you should be in the town of Douz in the second and third week of November. The oldest and the best known festivals in Tunisia, it is dedicated to appreciation of nomadic way of life and traditions. During the week-long festival, you will get to see camel marathons, horse races, a Bedouin marriage ceremony, desert hunting dogs catching rabbits and other exciting shows.
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