Tozeur makes an excellent base for longer forays into the surrounding area, including the mesmerising Chott el-Jerid, Tunisia's largest salt lake, and the mountain oases to the north. Bounded on one side by an enormous palmeraie and with the desolate snow-white expanse of salt on the other, the town feels at once far-flung and urban and lively. It's easy to spend a few days here occupied by the labyrinthine old quarter, Ouled el-Hadef, and the cool, winding paths of the palmeraie. The post-revolution drop in tourists has hit this town particularly hard, with many hotels shutting down in 2011–12. But a large range of accommodation still exists and prices can be highly negotiable (including day rates at 5-star properties, where you'll have no trouble nabbing a sunlounger by the pool).
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Tunisian Family Voyager
The aroma of strong coffee and exotic spices fill the air, elegantly shrouded locals drift their way through shaded souqs and the sparkling Mediterranean shimmers in the distance... welcome to Tunisia. One of North Africa's more travel-friendly destinations, Tunisia often feels more like old-world Arabia than it does Africa – and makes for an enchanting family adventure.
Highlights of Tunisia
Journey through Tunisia, an incredibly diverse wedge of northern Africa. Combining Arabic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and French influences into every aspect of local life, Tunisia gives you the opportunity to explore modern cities and ancient ruins while tasting mouth-watering food and sipping tooth-tingling sweet mint tea.