Lonely Planet just updated its information on Tunisia for the first time in almost 10 years. As the editor for North Africa, I was one of the writers on the road, and I was astounded by what I found.

Stop 1: Korbous

Faded Korbous is a spa town that has been popular since Roman times, and the winding road that leads into town is one of Tunisia’s most scenic.

Starting out with heavy traffic...

The drive along the coast from Tunis to Korbous should only take an hour, but we stopped so often for views like this that it took almost half a day.
The drive along the coast from Tunis to Korbous should only take an hour, but we stopped so often for views like this that it took almost half a day.
Sunset views don’t get much better than this.
Sunset views don’t get much better than this.
A lonely pier near Port Aux Prince.
A lonely pier near Port Aux Prince.

Stop 2: El Haouaria

The quiet town of El Haouaria sits at the edge of Africa at the mountainous end of Cap Bon.

Sunset from the roadside at the top of Djebel Sidi Abiod.
Sunset from the roadside at the top of Djebel Sidi Abiod.

Stop 3: Kelibia

Workaday Kelibia has tons of perfect beaches, and if you want to get away from the crowds, hop in the car and seek out the wild beaches just outside of town.

Sea view from Kelibia’s fort.
Sea view from Kelibia’s fort.
There were wildflowers everywhere! Such a delight.
There were wildflowers everywhere! Such a delight.
This was one of my favourite wild beaches, just north of Kelibia.
This was one of my favourite wild beaches, just north of Kelibia.
But this is the road to get there!
But this is the road to get there!

Stop 4: Nabeul

Nabeul is the regional capital of Cap Bon, but it’s better known as the ceramics centre of Tunisia. Leave the car behind to explore the markets, which grow to epic proportions every Friday.

Plates and bowls for sale at Nabeul’s Friday market.
Plates and bowls for sale at Nabeul’s Friday market.

Stop 5: Hammamet

After almost a week on the road, it’s time to drop the car off and relax in Hammamet, Tunisia’s original resort town.

Relaxing in the infinity pool at La Badira.
Relaxing in the infinity pool at La Badira.
Blooms of bougainvillea outside the window at Villa Phoenicia.
Blooms of bougainvillea outside the window at Villa Phoenicia.

If you want to know more about Tunisia and how to plan a visit there yourself, check out www.lonelyplanet.com/tunisia.