A room in a budget hotel, 3 star hotel, or bed & breakfast usually costs $13-$40 USD (per person) per night; however it can be much more costly on resort islands such as Djerba. Note that many 3 star hotels can almost be mistaken for luxury dwellings. Tunisia has impressive, 5 star hotels scattered throughout the country that start at $100 per night.
The currency of Tunisia is the Dinar (TND).
The exchange rate of U.S. dollars to Tunisian dinars is $1 USD to 1.32 TND (exchange rate subject to change).
The international access code for Tunisia is 216.
Below are the area codes for Tunisia:
- Bizerte: 72
- Gabes: 75
- Kairouan: 77
- Monastir: 73
- Sfax: 74
- Sousse: 73
- Tunis: 71
In order to call Tunisia from the U.S. or Canada you must dial 011 (exit code), then 216 (country code for Tunisia), then the area code (two digits, starting with the number seven), and then the phone number (six digits).
To call a cell phone in Tunisia from the U.S. or Canada you must dial 011 + 216 + area code (two digits, starting with the number nine) + phone number (six digits).
In order to call the U.S. or Canada from Tunisia you must dial 001 + 1 + area code + phone number.
Cyber-cafes are widely available in major cities and towns. Many hotels and private hospitals throughout the country offer Broadband Internet connection.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
U.S. Embassy in Tunis: (71)107-000
With 713 miles (1,148 km) of coastline, Tunisia is a premier destination for beach bums. Djerba is an island with sandy beaches, a dominant Berber culture, and peculiar, whitewashed domed-hut architecture. Sousse also has a lovely beach and it is one of Tunisia’s liveliest towns; packed with students, visitors, and locals. One of Islam’s most holy cities is the walled city of Kairouan. The city is so important in Islamic hierarchy that seven visits to Kairouan equal one visit to Mecca. For those of you who are interested in seeing the desert, a trip to Douz is a must. The city itself is not very exciting, but it does offer desert tours. Archaeologists will enjoy seeing the ancient ruins of Carthage in Tunis. Tunis is also home to great shopping, cafes, and nightlife.
The Souks located in Tunis is an open-air market that offers a variety of goods from belly dance costumes, shoes, and jewelry to hookahs, tea sets, carpets and handicrafts. Medina (Old City) is another area that is rife with places to shop. The two main shopping streets in Medina are Rue de la Kasbah and Rue Jemaa Zitouna where you can purchase everything imaginable including produce. Note that it is important to bargain, otherwise you will be taken.
Nightlife and the Arts
In Tunisia it is not appropriate for women to be out at night, however the cities of Sousse, Hammamet, and some nighttime venues in Tunis are the exceptions to the rule. Note that the club and bar scenes in Sousse and Hammamet are mostly based around the hotels. The majority of nightlife in Tunisia generally involves private beach parties, BBQ’s, and pool parties.
The most famous museum in Tunisia is the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which houses collections from the prehistoric, Carthaginian, Roman, Christian, and Islamic eras of Tunisian history. The museum itself is an architectural landmark and a superb example of Arab-Muslim 17th and 18th century architecture and decoration. The Carthage Museum, just east of Tunis, has Punic (Phoenician and Cypriot) and Roman collections, and is also an archaeological site.
There are a few English language print and online newspapers in Tunisia includingthe BBC News, Agence Tunis Afrique Presse, and www.Tunisiaonlinenews.com.
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