Why holday in Tunisia?
This skinny chunk of relaxed Islamic republic - squashed between two massive and unpleasant neighbours - offers an appealing mix of sunshine, excellent beaches and interesting ancient sites. Hannibal the Elephant warrior and scourge of Rome was a Carthage man, but the Romans eventually crushed him and built the usual solid amphitheatres and temples all over north Tunisia.
Tunisia tourism is mostly about package people at the moment, so hotels are well organised to deal with groups.
Had enough of Roman relics and hot, white beaches? Sahara dunes and a thousand mentally disturbed camels await your thighs...
And all this at a reasonable price, with fair and varied food (better than some north African neighbours, that's for sure...) and few safety or crime concerns.
But...much of central Tunisia is a monotonous tract of olive trees and the normal seven hour bus ride from Tunis down to the sights of Matmata/Sahara is flat and dull, sporting a few million olive trees and a clutch of half-built towns, though seaside resorts such as Sousse and Mahdia have impressive forts, mosques and city walls and El Jem Colosseum is, well, a gem.
Souk sellers are spoilt for action so can be aggressive and unpleasant if you show a tendency to haggle with no financially beneficail conclusion.