Can't Determine Between Greece & Morocco? This Unique Journey Vacation spot Combines Them Each!


Years in the past, I (rightly) predicted that Morocco would grow to be the following “Iceland”.

Iceland – a rustic nobody bothered about beforehand, however is now high of everybody’s bucket listing as a result of it began trending on Instagram and folks began to need to be seen there or even perhaps as a result of their friends had been there.

As we speak, Morocco is precisely that (Iceland). All of the sudden everybody desires a “desert camp expertise”, or to have their picture taken in Morocco’s “Blue Metropolis”, Chefchaouen. What modified?

Greece however, has lengthy been a typical vacationer hotspot, with Santorini main the cost in fact; blue seas, nice seashores, white & blue homes, and most of all, instantaneous Instagram recognition.

Holidays do not come low-cost although. Many individuals take only one massive journey a 12 months, it is a powerful alternative; The place to subsequent?

Greece? The standard romantic “semi unique” journey vacation spot? Or the most recent child on the block and present “Like Generator”, Morocco?

Effectively, you may thank me later, however THIS suggestion of mine simply solved that dilemma of yours;

Behold….Tunisia

(Most likely among the many most Instagram-able journey locations most will doubtless by no means go to)

Café Des Delices, probably the most photographed place in Sidi Bou Mentioned, Tunisia

Tunisia, like Morocco, is a rustic in North Africa which has the standard attention-grabbing souks (markets), gives an expertise of the Sahara, desert tenting, camels, and the like.

And similar to Greece, Tunisia additionally has a type of Mediterranean vibe to it, boasts some nice seashores and plenty of spectacular archaeological websites.

Each Morocco & Greece will surely be thought-about among the many hottest unique locations to go to. And Tunisia? Effectively, let’s simply say it gives vacationers a great mixture of each international locations. To high it off, Tunisia can also be residence to key movie places of certainly one of cinema’s best wonders; Star Wars.

The place Is Tunisia? / Route Overview

Tunisia is the northernmost nation on the African Continent, and is bordered by Algeria, Libya, and the Mediterranean Sea. It is fairly near Italy and Malta, so if you would like to mix one other nation to go to together with Tunisia, it will be these two.

Essentially the most snug method to tour Tunisia would in all probability be to lease a automotive because the in a single day trains haven’t got sleeping berths (not like these in Europe), and buses aren’t probably the most environment friendly or snug method to get round.

Renting a automotive price $30 USD a day ($15 every!), and right here (under) is the route we took.

Tunis – Sidi Bou Mentioned – Carthage – El Jem Amphitheatre – Matmata – Douz – Tozeur – Kairouan – Sousse – Tunis.

7 full days can be good for Tunisia, and you would in all probability add in a pair extra Star Wars locations than we did. We aren’t followers, so we did not hassle visiting each website.

What Is There To Do?

Archaeological Tourism (Mainly Historic Ruins)

The Baths of Antoninus, Carthage Ruins

If Athens has the Acropolis, Tunis has Carthage.

Carthage was one of many Roman Empire’s most essential cities and was the centre of Roman affect in Africa.

I’ve visited each archaeological websites and admittedly, the ruins of Carthage aren’t as spectacular because the Greek Acropolis as a result of they have not been maintained as properly over time and it has properly, fallen in a reasonably unhealthy state of damage; so far as ruins are involved. The perfect preserved website can be the “Roman Baths”. Standing there, I may think about the way it was again in these instances, and admittedly, it felt fairly superb.

For very spectacular ruins in Tunisia capable of rival any in Greece, go to Dougga and El Jem.

“The Woman” overlooking the world at El Jem

The El Jem amphitheatre is the very best preserved historic roman website in all of Africa.

I’ve been to Rome’s colosseum and I have to say El Jem is simply as spectacular. Actually the doorway price for El Jem is 3 instances cheaper at $4 USD and permits entry to extra elements of the colosseum than the one in Rome does.

The gladiators would enter the world and face dying or freedom from right here

The Tunisian’s wish to market El Jem because the inspiration for Russell Crowe’s Gladiator.

This “truth” is debatable, however I have to say, it appears similar to the one within the film. Even the sections the place the gladiators wait to enter the world and the elements the place the animals are stored appears the identical!

Imagining ourselves watching a gladiator combat from the stands

From the stands, we may think about ourselves watching the gladiator fights. We turned on the gladiator soundtrack and wow, the “really feel” was there!

View of El Jem from the centre of the world

Would not this scene look very acquainted?

Even for those who aren’t a “historical past” type of man, we’re sure you may be impressed by the ruins in Tunisia. Simply persist with the three important archeological websites, Dougga, Carthage, and El Jem.

So sure, if Greece has spectacular ruins, so does Tunisia; at even decrease costs.

Desert Tenting In The Sahara (Really feel Like A Nomad)

The “Star Wars” spaceport of Mos Espa within the Sahara Desert

Desert Tenting is enjoyable, belief us.

We have advisable “Desert Camps” so usually in our weblog for a motive, they’re actually nice.

You may have this “Nomadic desert expertise” in lots of international locations. However for the precise “Sahara expertise”, most individuals select to go to Morocco. What folks do not know is Tunisia gives this expertise as properly.

The distinction? Effectively, it is simpler to get to the Sahara in Tunisia than Morocco. Briefly, meaning much less driving to get to the Sahara, leading to an much more “handy” desert expertise than the one you get in Morocco

Camel driving throughout the dunes of the Sahara. Witness the fantastic thing about the desert, completely spectacular.

So there you go, probably the most “problem free” Sahara desert expertise is present in Tunisia, not Morocco.

Lodging within the desert does not equal shitty circumstances. We stayed in a 4 star desert lodge for $80 SGD an evening ($40 every)! Admittedly, as a lot as we do take pleasure in tenting within the desert, strolling on dunes, and watching the celebs above us, camel driving is not precisely pleasing and will get foolish after 1 hour. So if anybody approaches you for a 2 hour camel trip? Do not waste your cash, go for simply 1 hour.

Get pleasure from The Postcard Perfectness (It is Instagram Time)

“The Woman” loves this door close to Café Delices, Sidi Bou Mentioned.

Many individuals stay (or die in some unlucky instances) for the pursuit of the “good image”.

It is regular to really feel a tinge of jealousy (understanding you do not have the funds or time to go to each locations) once you see your pals go to Morocco & Greece, particularly when the standard photos of “white and blue” homes, seashores or camel rides within the desert pop up in your information feed. I do know, you need these “good photos” too.

In Tunisia, you may create for your self related recollections and photos, multi functional place, and with little effort too. It is so stunning that each picture you’re taking seems good. It is simply so laborious to take a nasty image!

Take a look at some Greece & Morocco lookalikes within the photos under!

Sidi Bou Mentioned – decked out in white and blue, similar to in Santorini and the Flag of Greece.

Much like Morocco’s Chefchaouen too is not it? On 2nd thought, Sidi Bou Mentioned is much more stunning!

Identical image, however sundown view this time…

This absolutely appears like Greece!

As does this image…

The Nice Mosque of Kairouan appears just a little like what you will get in Morocco, however extra spectacular. That is certainly one of Africa’s largest mosques in spite of everything.

The Nice Mosque of Kairouan

At the same time as I kind this put up, I am nonetheless amazed on the variety and sweetness on supply in Tunisia. It isn’t usually the place a single vacation spot gives a lot.

Quite the opposite in Europe, many international locations look so related and on many occassions, I’ve even heard a specific saying; “In Europe, you see one, you see all”. (I’ve travelled to extra of Europe than most and seen some fairly spectacular variations although).

The Mountain Oasis

For me (The Bald Man), exploring the mountain oasis of Chebika, Tamerza, and Mides within the Tozeur area was the spotlight of my journey. Tozeur is the westernmost province of Tunisia and round 1 hours drive away from the Algerian border.

In 1969, floods brought on these oasis villages to be deserted, and immediately, vacationers flock to this a part of the nation for a glimpse of what life was like again then. As we hiked via the oasis, spectacular views of palm bushes and mountains greeted us. We have been delighted to search out waterfalls and swimming holes on our hike.

Anybody can benefit from the wonders Tozeur has to supply. It’s a easy hike and strolling with us have been children and aged vacationers

There are various similarities between Morocco and Tunisia. However so far as mountain surroundings is anxious although, Tunisia has the sting.

The views on show within the mountain oasis of Chebika, Tamerza, and Mides and canyon of Sidi Bouhlel (Star Wars Canyon) are in a special league altogether and we’d rank them as a number of the most spectacular desert/mountain surroundings we have ever seen (and that is saying rather a lot).

Star Wars Filming Areas

Luke Skywalker’s residence, exterior; Chott El Jerid salt flats

Okay, so I’m not a fan. “The Woman” hasn’t even watched a Star Wars movie earlier than. However nonetheless, we drove a whole lot of kilometres into the desert, within the “fictional planet” of Tatooine; attempting to find Luke Skywalker’s residence and the spaceport of “Mos Espa”.

“Star Wars” was filmed in varied places all around the globe. 9 of them, which additionally occur to be probably the most iconic of all of them, have been filmed in Tunisia.

Luke Skywalker’s residence, exterior; Chott El Jerid salt flats

Most Tunisians don’t actually have an concept of what Star Wars is. However they do know, that retaining these “deserted” movie websites preserve the tourism cash flowing in.

There was as soon as a plan to “resurrect” these websites and make them a “correct” vacationer attraction, however revolution and terrorist assaults despatched these plans into the bin. As we speak, solely probably the most hardcore of followers fly into Tunisia for the “Star Wars” excursions.

Entrance of the spaceport of “Mos Espa”. All kinds of vacationer trinkets are bought right here.

The 9 Star Wars Websites in Tunisia are;

1. Mos Espa Slave Quarters 1 (Ksar Hadada, Ghoumrassen)

2. Mos Espa Slave Quarters 2 (Ksar Ouled Soltane)

3. Mos Espa Spaceport (Mos Espa, close to Tozeur)

4. Luke Skywalker’s Dwelling, inside (Matmata)

5. Luke Skywalker’s Dwelling, exterior (Chott el Djerid)

6. Tatooine Desert (La Grande Dune, close to Nefta)

7. Mos Eisley Spaceport (Ajim, Island of Djerba)

8. Tatooine Tosche Station (Sidi Jemour, Island of Djerba)

9. Tatooine Canyon scenes (Sidi Bouhlel

The Streets of Mos Espa, location of the lightsaber duel between Qui-Gon Jinn & Darth Maul

Resort Sidi Idriss, often known as Luke Skywalker’s residence inside, location; Matmata

I am not a fan, however the inside of Luke Skywalker’s residence is actually cool!

We weren’t to see all 9 places, so we simply selected 3 of the extra iconic ones to go to since we have been driving.

Even when your not a “Star Wars” fan, Tunisia is “proper up there” so far as journey locations go. And whilst you take pleasure in your self on this superb nation, you already know “vacationer {dollars}” assist purchase one other weeks price of bread for the locals who’s livelihood relies on the continued recognition of the Star Wars franchise.

Procuring & Individuals Watching

The Nice Mosque of Sousse

In Morocco, we actually loved strolling round the primary sq., folks watching whereas being entertained by snake charmers and eating on avenue meals.

In Tunisia, we did just about the identical factor as properly. We might normally sit ourselves down at a coffeeshop alongside the road, sipping a mint tea and watching the world go by.

Procuring within the Medina and souks of Sousse

Cafes to folks watch whereas having fun with a mint tea within the streets of Sidi Bou Mentioned

This is the place Morocco beats Tunisia although.

We discovered the sq. of Jemaa El Fna and the medina’s in Morocco extra spectacular than any we might seen in Tunisia. The general environment was far more vigorous in Morocco, and the dizzying impact of the sights, smells, and sounds on supply in Moroccan medinas and souks is one thing Tunisia can not hope to compete.

Seashores – Solar & Sea

The seaside in Sousse

If you happen to’ve been to Greece, Lebanon, or Cyprus, you may know that Mediterranean seashores aren’t these typical white sand seashores, however as an alternative, rock seashores.

Tunisia is definitely well-known for its seashores, and we visited a few the extra recognizable ones; the vacationer seaside at Port El Kantaoui, which was the positioning of the 2015 terror assaults, and in addition, the primary stretch of seaside in Sousse frequented by locals.

The seaside at Sousse

If I have been sincere, I discovered neither notably spectacular in all probability as a result of we have already visited so many superb seashores on our travels that sure expectations have already been set. Additionally, it will be powerful for any seaside to impress me after our time at Tanzania’s Zanzibar.

Nonetheless, whereas we did not go to the Tunisian island of Djerba (which can also be residence to 2 Star Wars websites), that ought to be the place the nation’s finest seaside is. Different seashores that are speculated to be good are in Hammamet, Monastir, El Haouaria, and Plage De Chaffar.

Nonetheless, Greece has a the leg up by way of good seashores just because they’re extra available.

Lodging

“The Woman” and I’ve stepped up so far as lodging requirements are involved.

Up to now, we have been proud of a dorm mattress in a hostel, however these days, we persist with inns (low-cost ones in fact), or minimally non-public rooms in a hostel for just a little extra consolation.

We’re in Douz, on the fringe of the Sahara and that is the view of the pool from our room!

Our lodge room in Kairouan, 56 Euros for a room

We have been pleasantly shocked to search out that in Tunisia, high quality inns might be had at Bangkok costs.

Except its capital Tunis, 4 Star customary of lodging in the remainder of the nation price us between $80 – $100 SGD per room, respectable. We rotate between utilizing Agoda, Reserving.com and Hostelworld relying on the reductions and nation we’re visiting. For Tunisia, we used Agoda. Most respectable inns have free parking inside a secured compound, in order that’s another excuse why doing a highway – journey in Tunisia is extremely advisable.

Meals & Drink

Much like Moroccan’s, Tunisian’s eat Tagine and Couscous.

Right here although, the vast majority of native eating places appear to favor serving Couscous as an alternative of Tagine, which wasn’t to our liking. We spent more cash to dine within the “TripAdvisor advisable” eating places to style the very best the nation needed to supply, and in addition, with the intention of avoiding consuming couscous.

The price of eating out is actually low-cost in Tunisia. Meals within the “vacationer eating places”, barely price greater than $5 USD per meal, parts have been enormous, and got here with loaves of bread; which meant for those who have been actually intent on saving cash, 2 may share a meal and nonetheless be full.

Road meals price a simply 20 cents and sure, I do know this isn’t meals associated, however I simply needed to share this; Shisha in Tunisia price simply $2 USD, cheaper than in Oman ($4 USD), Qatar ($6 USD) and clearly, a world aside in comparison with prices in Singapore.

And no, there isn’t a beer in Tunisia besides on the lodge bars.

Getting Round

Our rental automotive, a Hyundai i10 for $30 a day

Hire a automotive, for positive.

At $30 USD (or much less) a day, Tunisia is among the most cost-effective locations on this planet to lease a automotive. Petrol costs, whereas not as low-cost as within the Center East, remains to be very cheap and is roughly the equal of petrol costs in Malaysia. Only a phrase of warning although.

The roads are lengthy and limitless, aren’t of the highest quality in sure elements, and connection might be non existent within the desert. So for those who’re renting a automotive, I’d counsel with the ability to change a spare tyre and having a great deal of water stocked up in your automotive incase of a flat or breakdown. I do not know methods to change tyres, so in our case, we simply prayed for a uneventful drive.

You probably have time, taking the uncomfortable trains and buses may present a greater glimpse into the native lifestyle, however I counsel simply taking public transport a few times for a “really feel” of it, however go away the vast majority of “getting round” by automotive.

Conclusion?

Tunisia is doubtless a reasonably unique journey vacation spot which gives the proper mix of the highlights that make Greece & Morocco the vacationer attracts that they’re immediately.

The nation typically is secure (safer than most of Africa no less than), and is a kind of few locations on this planet with a lot to supply, but not costing an arm and a leg as a commerce off for experiencing its wonders.

I foresaw that Morocco would grow to be an enormous vacationer draw and it has. Sadly although, regardless of having extra to supply than Morocco, I do not see Tunisia changing into an even bigger hit than Morocco largely as a result of most individuals have a tough time stepping out of their consolation zones to embrace the unique, preferring as an alternative to stay to wherever is tried and examined, locations their friends have visited, and wherever is trending on Instagram or Fb. Social validation, somewhat than what the precise vacation spot has to supply appears to be the drive driving journey decisions nowadays.

Maybe sooner or later, when an “A Record” celeb visits Tunisia and feedback concerning the fantastic expertise he/she had, will Tunisia lastly be a part of within the ranks of the “semi unique nation clique” of Morocco, Iceland, Egypt, Turkey, and Iran. Lastly, it is going to be a vacation spot price visiting as a result of some celeb stated so.

And if that occurs, simply refer again to this put up, and I am going to say, “See? I instructed you so”.

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