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Encompassing the eastern edge of the High Atlas Mountains and the northern reaches of the Sahara, Tunisia’s slim wedge of land is home to some of North Africa’s most spectacular ancient remains. If more recent history has not been kind to Tunisia, antiquity was more benevolent, leaving behind it a legacy of World Heritage Sites and Berber strongholds that are amongst the finest anywhere on the continent. Here, between palm-fringed beaches and desert dunes you can find the remains of mighty Carthage and Imperial Rome, along with the splendid reminders of the Umayyad dynasty and the labyrinthine alleys of some of the most captivating medinas and old towns in the Arab world.

Part of the Muslim dominated Maghreb region of Northwest Africa and a cultural melting pot of architecture, ideas and customs, the country can also boast a remarkable natural diversity. Covering some 164,000 square kilometres, from the broad coastal plains of the Sahel, home to some of the finest olive orchards in the world, to the semi-arid landscapes of the south, where you can find the great salt lakes of the Chott el Djerid and the oases towns of Tataouine, the country is awash with incredible highlights.