urban area with 2 million inhabitants, a modern town with
an authentic medina, Tunis or ancient Tunez, took over from
Carthage upon the arrival of the Arab conquerors. It then
became the capital and was at its peak in the 13th Century
under the reign of the Hafsides. However Carthage still stands
high on its hill, its ruins a
of its former glory.
the smart village of Sidi Bou Said is perched like a shining
white crown on he other hill heralding the magnificent seaside
resorts of La Marsa and Gammarth which boast luxury hotels
and quality restaurants.
cafes mix with Roman ruins and the world's largest museum
of mosaics - making Tunis an ideal destination.
time from the UK is under 3 hours. Taxis are the easiest way
to get to your hotel from the airport. A number of tour operators
sell short breaks to Tunis and Mediterranean cruises often
stop off for the day.
to Stay & Eat
you want to be in the thick of it all in central Tunis, or
a short distance away in the upmarket beach resort of Gammarth
(near Carthage), there are hotels to suit all tastes and budget;
pre-booking is recommended. For the sporty, golf and watersports
are available in Gammarth.
bambaloni, a light and crispy Tunisian style doughnut, in
the village of Sidi Bou Said. Dine in high style at a converted
Ottoman palace in the medina, the fish restaurants in the
port of La Goulette or Le Grand Bleu in Gammarth. Alternatively
eat at a local cafe for a fraction of the price. Afterwards
head for the Piano Bar, Les Ombrelles or the Plaza clubs in
views of the minaret and mosques of Old Tunis from the rooftop
terraces in the Medina.
view from Byrsa Hill over ancient Carthage.
mosaic at the Bardo Museum.
- A Hammam
hustle and bustle of the Marche Central.
are cheap and readily available, although walking around the
city centre is a practical option. The TMG electric train
runs between Tunis centre and the suburbs of La Marsa, La
Goulete, Carthage and Sid Bou Said. A new tram systems operates
in the city centre.
Bardo Museum - the world's finest collection of mosaics.
du Baron d'Erlanger in Sidi Bou Said - originally a millionaire's
retreat and now a museum and concert venue.
Baths and Roman villas at Carthage.
cathedral on Brysa Hill.
a boat in Sid Bou Said and sail around the Baie des Singes.
Events & Festivals
plays and concerts often held in the Roman Amphitheatre.
Celebrates Third World cinema.
of the Medina
(dates change according to Muslim calendar)
music and dance shows commemorate the month of Ramadam.