Top tip: Tea, taste, then talk of Tunis
Tunisia, lying on the Mediterranean coast of Africa, is the smallest of the three Maghreb states. Bordered by Algeria to the west and Libya to the southeast, Tunisia is 130km southwest of Sicily and 160km due south of Sardinia.
The most pleasant periods to visit Tunisia are in spring and autumn. Desert temperatures can be very high in the summer. Winters tend to be mild with some rain – rainfall is at a peak during October – December.
Facts and Figures
|Area||163,610 sq km (63,170 sq miles).|
|Population||10,432,500 (2011 estimate)|
|Capital||Tunis – population 728,453 (2008)|
|Language||The official language is Arabic. French is the second language, Italian is spoken in major cities, and English and German mainly in tourist resorts.|
|Religion||The principal religion is Islam; there are small Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish minorities.|
|Time||GMT + 1|
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