Endless sand… sun… caravans, nomads, camels… ancient trade routes crossing the emptiness… these are a few of the pictures that flash across the mind-screen when most of us hear the words “North Africa”.
Many things have changed since those romantic days, Maghreb is no longer just a picturesque place located in Northwest Africa, the Berber World. The most calm part of this African corner is Tunisia, the smallest country in the Maghreb at the same time. Atlas Mountains, the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea. What a geography! The Ottoman Empire legacy and the part of the history when Tunisia used to be a French protectorate make Tunisia a highly diverse country. Whether you want to climb the mountains or relax by the seashore, speak Arabic or French, you can. I highly recommend not to be scared and travel across Tunisia on your own, it’s well worth it. There’s nothing to be afraid of. People are quite nice there and I guess I still have the train ticket with train schedule from Tunis to Hammamet. I asked the conductor when was the last train running from Tunis and he wrote down the whole schedule on it.