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Weekender TUNIS

You’ll find glimpses of elegant Paris in Tunisia’s capital, but it’s the souks, minarets and ancient crumbling satellite cities that speak to a time when this corner of Africa ruled the Mediterranean. WORDS: Chris Leadbeater

One of the problems with bad news is that, usually, it hangs about with greater obstinacy than its positive counterpart. While the 2015 terror attacks in Tunisia were appalling acts of violence, their stains have far out-lasted the travel warnings that followed.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against trips to the country was rescinded last August — yet eyebrows are still raised at the suggestion of travel here.

So, is it safe to visit? Here, Tunisia might raise its own eyebrows and ask whether you’d direct the same question of Paris, Berlin, London or New York — all of which have fallen prey to the same horrors. Tunisia has long been a reliable choice for cheap beach breaks, but this has generally overlooked Tunisia’s other virtues as a destination — the historic sites, the echoes of foreign cultures, the souks in the Medina, the exotic dexterity of its food.

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From ancient villages to stories from the locals, we uncover some of the Aegean Sea’s most gleaming pearls as we island-hop across the paradise idylls of Greece’s Cyclades. Elsewhere, we discover authentic Maori culture in New Zealand; wind our way along the Volga in Russia; and spend a long weekend in Tunis. Our urban highlights this issue include Istanbul, Lisbon, Mumbai and Bordeaux while our photo story introduces the freedivers of Jeju Island in South Korea.