Map Page 1113 Area 63,170 square mi (163,610 square km) Population 9,924,742 Capital Tunis Highest Point 5,065 ft (1,544 m) Lowest Point -56 ft (-17 m) GDP per capita $6,600 Primary Natural Resources oil, olives, olive oil, grain, tomatoes.
LONG BEFORE THE ROMANS sacked the Phoenician city of Carthage, Tunisia, located in the center of the North Africa's MEDITERRANEAN coast, influenced the region's land and sea routes.
Since then, the Roman, Arabs, Ottoman Turks, and French rulers have all benefited from the perfect location until independence in 1956, when three decades of the Bourghiba regime would follow; a regime of extensive secular advances including the prohibition of polygamy, mandatory and free education, the emancipation of women, and a general direction against fundamental Islam.
President Habib Bourghiba was dismissed because of senility in 1987, and past ambassador and prime minister Zine El Abidine Ben Ali came into political power with a relative continuity of Bourghiba national policies.
MAGINIFICENT COASTS Tunisia is a relatively small republic, only slightly larger in size than the state of GEORGIA, with long white sand beaches, date, olive and citrus groves, numerous Phoenician, Roman, and Islamic ruins and sites, and the booming capital city of Tunis.
Magnificent coasts primarily face both north and east, and the country looks toward the Mediterranean Sea.
With a sparsely populated western inland spine of mountain ranges, the interior is arid, rocky, and sandy, scattered with lush crossroad oases, dune fields, PLAYA lakes and wadis, and steep peaks.
The popular azure coasts are dotted with major cities thriving from expanding port and harbor use, agriculture, industry, and now healthy and repeat tourism-a new thrust and growing revenue generator in Tunisia.
With more than 4 million tourists visiting each year, tourism now employs more than 400,000 Tunisians, increasing its role as a key player in the Mediterranean and North Africa for its location, beauty, bounty, and charm.
Since its earliest Roman days, the land of the "lotus-eaters," known for its turquoise coves filled with bountiful fish and inland oases abundant with fruits and cool water, has been in a strategic position on the Mediterranean.
- Will it be possible for tourists to access the most Jerusalem’s holy sites?
"Police is limiting the access beyond the fortress walls of the Old City due to the following clashes between Israelis and Palestinians.
Following the accident in which a Palestinian has killed two people on the street in Jerusalem and his brother has stabbed the Israeli teenager the mass uprisings have begun. Being afraid of the clashes between Israelis and Palestinians police has made a decision that only local residents are allowed to visit the Old City. This also refers to the tourists only if they stayed in the hotels located in the old part of the city.
Other tourists wishing to enter the Old City will not be able to visit it. And this is the place where the main Holy land sites are located: the temple “of the Holy Sepulcher”, the Wailing Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the Citadel of David with its museum of city history, crusaders’ street, the Temple Mount with the Al-Aqsa golden-domed mosque. The authorities report that it is likely that tomorrow everyone will be welcomed to enter."
- Traveling to Ellada is getting more expensive
"Because of the abolition of tax benefits for the most visited islands, the traveling prices to Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Skiathos will be considerably increased.
The preferential tax treatment, regulated on the islands, was canceled from October 1, 2015 according to the Government decision. The capacity to pay 30% less tax will also be concerned towards hotels located on the above mentioned islands. And from the beginning of the summer next year the new rules will be applied to the rest of the islands.
The imposed measures will affect the tourists, who will have to pay the bills without any tax treatment benefits. The new rule will first of all be applied to the hotel room prices, which may be increased up to 7-10% according to the experts forecast. Consequently, the vacation package price will also be increased, which does not favor the tourists. "