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Wonderful Tunisia

When you mix North-African mystique with Ottoman heritage and French flair, you get Tunisia, a land of sea breezes, the scent of jasmine and deep rooted traditions lying on a stunningly clean Mediterranean. Warm and humble people await your visit to their eclectic land, where old souks, magical bazaars and exotic flavors welcome you with open arms. Your palate will revel in a hearty couscous, fresh fish, sweet tea and delicious almond pastries, set against Moorish architecture, minarets and sublime sunshine. You'll also be exposed to Roman ruins, wonderful museums, long beaches, captivating nature and rich heritage. This is why Le Royal Hotels & Resorts has chosen to establish itself in the country, the meeting place of nature, culture, leisure and hospitality.

Indeed, a complicated history of many different civilizations has arguably contributed to making Tunisia what it is today. The Phoenicians landed around 1100 BC and made Carthage their capital. A millennium or so later the Romans fought for it and claimed it as part of their empire until the 5th century when their empire slowly crumbled and Vandals took over, fighting with the local Berbers for control. The Arabs entered Tunisia in the 7th century and ruled it until the 16th century with the strongest cultural impact yet, until it fell under Ottoman rule. France took over in the 19th century and added an undeniable European influence, particularly present in the capital. Tunisia finally became independent in 1956 after French colonial rule ended, steadily transforming itself into a remarkable tourism destination, representing a crossroads of East and West.
Tunisia has a typically Mediterranean climate, even if a bit on the warmer side, with dry, hot summers and balmy winters. Spring is a wonderful time to visit if you like warm weather without too much heat, while summer is more dynamic and lively, thanks to flocking tourists from Europe and certain festivals. In fall the deserts and sand dunes are worth a visit, while November is ideal for taking part in the music festivals.
Overall, at any time of the year, enjoying the country and communicating with the people is a pleasure, particularly if you're staying at Le Royal Hotels & Resorts - Hammamet.

While the official language is Arabic, French is also widely spoken in the cities, although more in the northern parts of the country than in the south. English is of course gaining ground as a language for tourism or business, especially with the younger generation. Even German can be heard by locals who attempt to converse with German-speaking tourists.

Overall, Tunisia is a welcoming place that's well worth visiting, whether for the sun, sea and sand element, or for the culture, heritage and history. And Le Royal Hotels & Resorts - Hammamet has all these to offer. Last but not least, the food and drink will add pleasure to any visitor's stay.


Fabulous Hammamet

Lying on the coast between the capital Tunis and the city of Sousse on the Cap Bon peninsula, the sophisticated beach resort of Hammamet is considered the St. Tropez of North Africa. Here's a truly exotic destination on the Mediterranean that combines long sandy beaches, warm weather, sumptuous food and colorful local traditions all in one. The area of Hammamet, which means 'baths' in Arabic, has been known since roman times for the healing waters in its mineral baths. The old town or Medina with its souvenir shops, bazaars and feisty locals offers a wonderful contrast to the first-class modern properties such as Le Royal Hotels & Resorts - Hammamet.

But there are many attractions to this quaint seaside town, including the old fort or Kasbah, the cultural center, the Grand Mosque and the people themselves who are curious and friendly, if a little forward. Hammamet also has a more open culture compared to other destinations in the region, with nightlife, belly dancing and locally grown wines representing part of life and leisure. Perhaps its openness is due to the many civilizations that have swept through, such as the Romans, Spaniards, French and Arabs. The idyllic atmosphere is enhanced by the hills around town which afford a beautiful view, villas with sublime gardens and a myriad of different birds basking in the sun, as well as flora such as citrus trees, cactus, scented jasmine and palms which sway in the breeze.

A varied culinary surprise awaits every visitor, from the grilled fish, succulent meats, fluffy couscous and local salads to the almond sweets and hearty breakfasts – all of which the chefs of Le Royal Hotels & Resorts - Hammamet excel in, by the way. Also worth mentioning is the International Festival held at the International Cultural Centre throughout July and August, giving culture seekers an extra dimension to appreciate.

There are attractions that are easily accessible from Hammamet and relatively close, such as the capital city of Tunis with its museums, bazaars and French influence, the ancient Roman settlement of Carthage, and the holy city of Kairouan, considered the oldest Islamic settlement with the first mosque of North Africa. It is a fascinatingly mystical walled city that has kept all its ancient architecture and religious traditions intact. The city of Sousse is also in close proximity, offering a Medina that is a UNESCO world heritage site, splendid beaches, museums and many others attractions for visitors. The choices are unlimited, and Le Royal Hotels & Resorts - Hammamet will help you discover them all!

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