Discover palaces, ancient ruins, souks and colonial architecture all jumbled together in this exciting and enthralling capital of Tunisia.
The vibrant city of Tunis is a unique blend of Roman, European and Arab cultures. Explore ancient ruins, unwind on the beach or search for bargains in souks.
Located at the heart of this seaside city is the medina, or the old town, with is made up of mosques, monuments and palaces. Wander through its souks and take in the sights, sounds and smells. Purchase fabrics, perfumes, handicrafts, baked goods or spices in the various stalls that line the narrow streets. Haggle with vendors to get souvenirs for a great price. Afterwards, sit in a café and sip on strong coffee or mint tea.
Walk down the Rue Jamaa Ezzitouna to the Great Mosque. Non-Muslims can see the courtyard and viewing gallery of this 1,000-year-old structure. See other architectural gems hidden within the medina, such as the Tourbet Aziza-Othmana (Aziza-Othmana Mausoleum) and the Dar El Bey (Government Palace).
On the exterior of the medina is the 19th-century, French constructed Ville Nouvelle, or new town. The Ville Nouvelle’s wide boulevards, which are lined with colonial buildings, patisseries and cafés, contrast with the medina’s jumbled streets.
The Romans demolished Tunis in 146 B.C. On top of the rubble they constructed their own city, which became one of the Roman Empire’s richest cities. In the northern suburb of Carthage, visitors can see the ruins of this ancient site, as well as remnants of palaces, temples and homes. Admire the Bardo National Museum’s immense collection of Roman-era mosaics. Browse the exhibits to learn about Tunisia’s development from pre-historic times to the present day.
Mediterranean beaches are less than a half hour’s drive from downtown Tunis. Surf, paraglide, scuba dive and water ski at Carthage Beach. Swim, sunbathe and ride camels at La Marsa.
Get to Tunis by flying into Tunis-Carthage airport, which is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the city. Navigate Tunis via cab, bus, rental car or metro system. Tunis’ interesting history, distinctive culture and gorgeous buildings make it an alluring city of contrasts.