Golden sand on the silver screen
You may walk around Tunisia's scenic landscape and feel like you're the star of your own movie. That's because Tunisia has lent its unique surroundings to several major film franchises over the years including Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Monty Python. The island of Djerba was used for two smaller scenes of the sci-fi franchise while inland you'll be transported to Tatooine from Matmata and Medenine.
A special culture
The North African culture is evident in the many bazaars, mosques and medinas scattered throughout villages and cities alike, but there's a definite Mediterranean feel to all of the popular tourist resorts.
When it comes to world-famous ancient cities, Tunisia doesn't immediately come to mind. Did you know, though, that El Jem, 50 minutes from Sousse, is home to the third largest Roman-built amphitheatre in the world? And you can roam freely around the site, something that's not possible in overcrowded Rome.
Being a Muslim country, Tunisia's nightlife is quite low key. However, in the popular tourist resorts there's plenty on offer in the way of restaurants, bars and late-night shopping. Often compared to St Tropez, Hammamet is home to sophisticated restaurants and classy bars. Sousse is lively and a popular place to party.
If you travel to the country during the month of Ramadan, drinking in public is generally not acceptable but you can still have fun from your hotel.
Many of the country's resorts cater for several tastes but Tunisian cuisine is a taste that is proudly offered in many restaurants. Couscous is widely enjoyed in a number of variations and you'll also notice there are more lamb options on the menu.
For a light snack, try the brik, a pastry based dish filled with tuna or lamb along with parsley and onions. For dessert enjoy a bambalooney, a fried donut-like cake served with sugar.
Tunisia's souks are a maze of vibrant market stalls just waiting to be explored. Souks in this country are a long standing tradition and it provides a cultural experience not to be missed. Breathe in the rich, spicy scents that drift through the air as you haggle for colourful fabrics and pottery and try a cup of strong traditional coffee or a shot of fig tree brandy known as Bhouka.
Bartering is a common practice here but if you'd rather shop for items with a fixed price then you'll find more modern malls near Sousse, Skanes and Hammamet.
Three hours away
A short three hour flight from the UK will help you experience sunshine and beaches that feel a world away from the weather back home. Once you land your transfer time will depend on the resort you stay in but the journey is likely to take less than an hour.
When travelling around Tunisia, taxis are the most common method of transportation but be careful as the drivers can spot a tourist and may overcharge. It is advised to agree upon a price before setting off.
For far off attractions inland it is best to hire a private transfer company which can be shared by other tourists. This also helps to bring the price down.