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Tunisian Republic/الجمهورية التونسية

Region: Africa

Area: 163,610 thous. sq. km

Capital: Tunis

 Major cities:   Tunis, Sfax, Susah, Kairouan, Bizerte

Climate: varies from subtropical Mediterranean to tropical

Language: Arabic

Religion: Muslims

Local time: GMT +01

Calling code: +216

Currency: Tunisian dinar

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express 

Visa: visa-free stay for citizens of EU, the USA, and Japan for a stay up to 90 days; required for CIS nationals. For more details please visit

Transport: air transport, railway transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Tunis, Monastir, Sfax

Tunisia has been attracting overseas tourists for several decades already. For a long time they came just for recreation and recovery to a variety of spa hotels and centres of thalassotherapy. However, within the last five years the state started to actively endorse and develop the medical tourism sector represented by private specialised clinics.

Clinics providing services to foreign patients are equipped in accordance with the European standards. Most part of medical and service personnel have completed training in Western Europe and the USA. Overall, the quality level of medical service in Tunisia is quite high. In some local medical centres specialists are experienced in performing plastic, orthopaedic, ophthalmological or cardio surgeries with no less quality than in Austria or Germany. However, the prices will be considerably lower.

Most of Tunisian medical centres specialise in plastic surgery, aesthetic medicine, and cosmetology, as well as aesthetic dentistry and checkup.

Plastic surgery clinics offer a wide range of surgical operations (from rhinoplasty to liposuction) at affordable prices (40 to 60% lower than in France, where many Tunisian surgeons have received their diplomas).

Due to its geographical position, Tunisia may as well become a wonderful alternative destination for treatment compared to distant Asian countries, where you get only after a lengthy flight.

Recommended time for treatment: May to November.

The major recovery procedure in Tunisia is undoubtedly thalassotherapy. Residents of many Western European and CIS countries strive to combine recovery and recreation at the Tunisian resorts and undergo various procedures.  Prices for thalassotherapy are some of the most democratic in the world.

Tunisia today has over 20 thalassotherapy centres, each offering about 200 exclusive procedures at prices much lower than in Western Europe. Most such centres are located on the territory of 3-, 4- and 5-star spa hotels in resort towns.

The most renowned centres for thalassotherapy and recovery are situated in Hammamet. This resort town is 65 kilometres from the capital, and was founded more than 5 centuries ago. It has outgrown a small fisherman’s village and at present is considered a resort capital of Tunisia. It is one of the most reputable and Europeanised resort centres in North Africa. Wealthy Europeans started to build their villas here back in the first half of the XX century. And the 60s saw the start of rapid construction of fashionable hotels and large recovery centres for tourists. This is where you find Bio Azur (by the Royal Azur 5-star hotel), the fourth largest centre for thalassotherapy in the world. It is also worthwhile to mention the recovery complex Nahrawess Center (at the Nahrawess 4-star hotel) with its own system of water pools, where there are over 90 massage rooms alone.

To brighten up your stay at Hammamet, you can avail of the full range of active recreation and entertainment industry services: surfing, golf, tennis, safari, and camel travel through the Sahara Desert.

There is a great number of thalassotherapy centres in another popular Tunisian resort Sousse. It hosts one of the first Tunisian centres of thalassotherapy Abou Nawas Bou Jaafar Centre (by the Abou Nawas Bou Jaafar 4-star hotel), as well as Hasdrubal Port El Kantaoui 4-star centre (by the hotel with the same name) — one of the most modern and advanced Tunisian recovery centres. In these and other centres you will certainly be offered different types: of massages, hydrotherapy, aqua fitness, cosmetic and spa procedures, various wellness programmes, visiting a Turkish bath or a Jacuzzi with heated sea water.

As we know, thalassotherapy is a complex of broad-ranging therapeutic and cosmetic procedures based on the healing properties of sea water and its components: salts, muds, weed, etc. In Tunisia this field developed as a mould of best European and Arabic traditions of body care. Water for procedures is derived at a 450-meter distance from the shore-line, from the depth of 6 meters or more.

Thalassotherapy is successfully applied for treating joint aches, rheumatism and arthrosis, and of course for beautifying the body and overall health improvement. Sea water heated to +30 - +35 degrees is almost identical to human blood plasma by its composition. Therefore, human organism immersed in such environment experiences truly miraculous changes — there is an improvement of skin tonus, metabolic processes and blood circulation. To relieve fatigue and stress during thalassotherapy, local specialists necessarily apply hand massages, gymnastics, dietary nutrition, lymphatic drainage, electric stimulation therapy, cosmetic procedures, and more.

You will be offered basic therapeutic courses in Tunisian thalassotherapy centres in cases of disorders of the musculoskeletal apparatus (arthrosis, spondylosis, rheumatic arthritis, spondylitis, scoliosis, podagra), all types of muscle pains, functional disorders after insults/strokes and neuritis, as well as heart and blood circulation disorders (peripheral blood circulation disorders, varicose veins, thrombophlebitis), metabolism disorders, chronic respiratory illnesses, dermatological diseases (psoriasis, eczema, etc.).

Approximate prices:

  • Jacuzzi, jet shower, relaxation, Sharko (Charcot) shower — from $20;
  • underwater shower — from $22;
  • affusion shower with massage, general massage, general mud bath, press therapy — from $25;
  • affusion shower without massage, topical massage, sitting bath, aquatonic seawater therapy pool — from $15;
  • Turkish bath (Hammam) — from $5;

Turkish bath (Hammam) with massage — from $8.

3*- from €40;

4*- from €50;

5*- from €70.

Couscous — principal national Tunisian dish which may be prepared in a dozen different ways (mainly from stewed meat, millet, vegetables, and spices).

Chorba — veal and vegetable soup with an abundance of pepper.

Brik — fine chopped lamb or beef, vegetables, and eggs wrapped in thin unfermented dough and deep fried.

Chakchouka — ratatouille with peas, chicken meat, tomatoes, pepper, garlic, and onions.

Felfel mahchi — sweet pepper stuffed with meat, usually lamb.

Guenaoia — lamb or beef stewed with chilli pepper, sweet pepper, and coriander.

Harissa — traditional hot red pepper sauce served practically with any main dish.

Koucha — whole baby lamb baked in a clay case with rosemary.

Lalabli — garlic soup.

Makroud — a pie with cinnamon and candied fruits.

Mechouia — a cold dish of grilled sweet peppers, tomatoes, and onions mixed with tuna fish, hard-boiled eggs, and capers.

Mhalbya — a pie stuffed with rice, nuts and made on geranium water.

Salata Batata — hot potato salad flavoured with caraway seeds.

Samsa — layers of thin pastry alternated with layers of ground roast almonds and sesame seeds, baked in lemon and rosewater syrup.

Merguez — small spicy sausages.

Tagine ez Zitoun — veal with olives.

Tagine J'bin — veal with cheese.

Tagine Maadnus — veal with spinach.

Yo-yo — doughnuts with honey.

Ancient Carthage is now the suburb of the capital of Tunis. There are merely remnants of Roman buildings surviving to our days: the capitol, amphitheatre, grand Antonin Thermes (Les Termes d'Antoní), and Byzantine churches. The discoveries from the ruins of Carthage are preserved at this very place, in the Museum Lavigerie or Carthage National Museum.

120 km from the country’s capital there is one of the most interesting and excellently preserved Antique centre of Tunisia — the ancient city of Dougga. Dougga was under the Phoenician (IV c. BC), then Numidian (II c. BC), and finally Roman rule (since the year 46 BC). Here you can view the Lybico-Punic Mausoleum, the monument erected in the honour of three gods — Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva; the temple dedicated to goddess Juno Caelestis; three Roman Baths; two triumphal arches, as well as a great number of other Antique buildings and structures. Particularly impressive are the broad curves of stone stairs of the 3000-seat theatre.

If you are not enticed by antiquities, you can organize your leisure time in Tunisia going around numerous atmospheric night clubs, casinos, and restaurants.

The vast majority of restaurants, shops, discos flock in the old and new centre of Hammamet (Medina), and in the tourist resort area of Yasmine Hammamet. Popular discos are: Manhattan, Kaligula, Eurobar, Las Vegas disco bar at the Thalassa Palace Nahrawess hotel, entertainment complex at the Sol Azur hotel.

Each evening the square of this “new” Medina hosts various shows, and different kinds of performing artists entertain the public. It is here as well that a new entertainment park Carthageland was opened in 2003. Nearby there is the only skating rink in Tunisia Ice Blue, where you can skate in the heat of the summer.

You will also be pleasantly impressed by a new dazzling marina built in 2004. It is larger and much richer than the one in Port el Kantaoui. From there you can walk along a scenic seafront stretching to the new casino.

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