Where is Tunisia Located?

Where is Tunisia located on the map? Tunisia is an independent nation located in Northern Africa. Check out the following images to see location of Tunisia on maps.

Tunisia Location Map

Tunisia Location in World Map

Tunisia is located in North Africa and borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. On the western border of Tunisia you will find Algeria and in the southeast is Libya. Tunisia is one of the countries of the Maghreb. When you look at it on the map, it looks like a triangle. It also seems a bit squeezed between its neighboring countries Algeria and Libya.

Tunisia is located in North Africa.



There are some islands in front of Tunisia. This includes the island of Djerba, which is the largest island in all of North Africa with an area of ​​514 square kilometers. About 120,000 people live on Djerba, most of them Berbers. By the way, a seven-kilometer-long and ten-meter-wide dam connects the mainland with the island. Allegedly this dam goes back to the Romans or even the Punians. There are several villages and the market town of Houmt Souk on Djerba.

“Star Wars” in Tunisia?

By the way, the desert sands of Tunisia served as the background for a very famous film, because Star Wars Episode 1 – “The Phantom Menace” was filmed here. The place Ksar Haddada served as the backdrop for Mos Espa.


In Tunisia we experience a very different and varied landscape. There is coast, mountains, steppe and desert.

Many plants grow on the coast. The coastal landscape adorns white houses, which are often surrounded by cypress trees and in whose gardens plants such as bougainvillea bloom. This is how one imagines Tunisia in the tourist brochure. The Tunisian coast stretches for around 1150 kilometers.

The coast in the northwest is characterized by the mountains, because behind the coast lie the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, which stretch on the north coast of Africa from Morocco via Algeria to Tunisia. This part of the Atlas Mountains is called Dorsale. The longest river in Tunisia, the Medjerda, flows through these mountains.

The north of Tunisia is green, so people like to speak of the “green north”. In the south, on the other hand, it is much drier. This is where the central Tunisian steppes lie. There are salt lakes and oases here.

In the southwest on the border with Algeria there is a sand sea of ​​the Sahara, the Eastern Great Erg. Only a few plants and animals grow and survive in the desert because the environment is very hostile to life.

Rivers and Lakes

In the south of Tunisia there are numerous more or less dry salt lakes. The largest salt lake is the Chott el Djerid with an area of ​​about 4,900 square kilometers. Another lake is called Sebkhet de Sidi el Hani.


There are two climatic zones in Tunisia : the climate of the Mediterranean coast in the north and the desert climate of the south. It’s cooler in the Mediterranean in summer. The thermometer rises to 29 to 33 degrees during the day and at night it cools down to a maximum of 16 degrees. The temperatures remain quite pleasant. We also measure similar temperatures in winter. However, these temperatures can also drop to seven degrees. It even snows in the mountains because it gets even cooler here.

The desert climate in the south of the country is completely different, here the temperatures are much higher and can easily reach 40 degrees in summer. Cooling is then only to 20 degrees and in winter the temperatures can drop to seven degrees at night. In the desert there is less precipitation than in the north of the country, only about 200 millimeters. And in the Sahara, temperatures can reach 50 degrees. There is also a hot Sahara wind called Chehili blowing in Tunisia, and it brings with it even hotter air.

Tunisia Facts

Size 163,610 km²
Residents 11.29 million
Language Arabic
Capital Tunis
Longest river Medjerda (450 km)
Highest mountain Djebel Chambi (1,544 m)
Currency Tunisian dinar