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Tunis is a city of contrasts. The deep and varied history of Tunisia’s bustling modern capital is written into its fascinating architecture, which mixes Arab, Roman and European elements. With evocative ruins, gorgeous beaches and a lively fusion of cultures, Tunis is certain to captivate.
The long history of Tunis includes a period of early Islamic rule as well as later occupations by the Ottoman Empire and by the French. One of the region’s most dramatic moments came in ancient times, when it was home to Rome’s great imperial rival, Carthage. The Romans finally destroyed Carthage in 146 B.C. and they built their own expansive city in its stead.
Head to the former site of Carthage, now a northern suburb of Tunis, to explore the old city’s ruins. Make sure to visit the Bardo National Museum for a unique insight into Roman occupation as well as the history of Tunisia at large.
Tunis’s old town, which is known as the medina, is a charming reminder of the city’s Islamic heritage. Stroll the narrow streets of this famed historic district. Stop at souks and admire the many grand palaces and mosques. Check out the handicrafts, perfumes and fabrics on offer, or sit at a café to recharge with some coffee or mint tea.
The medina is home to a number of architectural wonders, including the Tourbet Aziza-Othmana (Aziza-Othmana Mausoleum) and Dar El Bey (Government Palace). Head down the Rue Jamaa Ezzitouna, however, and you’ll be rewarded by the site of Tunis’s Great Mosque, a grand structure that is more than a millennium old. Visitors who are not Muslims are allowed access to the courtyard and a viewing gallery nearby the entrance.
A vastly different urban style dominates the Ville Nouvelle, a French colonial district that was built around the old town. Here you will see straight, wide boulevards lined with trees and European-style cafés.
Just a short drive out of the city, you will find Carthage Beach, a fine spot for water skiing, surfing, paragliding and scuba diving. La Marsa is the place to go for camel rides as well as swimming and sunbathing.
Tunis can be reached by landing at the nearby Tunis-Carthage Airport. The city is navigable by public transport, by rental car or by taxicab.
Located in Tunis Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from National Theatre of Tunisia and Maison de la Culture Ibn Khaldoun. Place du 14 janvier 2011 and Theatre de l'Etoile du Nord are also within 5 minutes.
Located in La Marsa Beach, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum Dar el-Annabi, North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, and Palais Ennejma Ezzahra. Antonin Baths and Carthage Acropolium are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 14.6 mi (23.5 km) from Stade 7 Novembre and within 25 mi (40 km) of La Goulette Beach and Carthage Acropolium. St. Louis Cathedral and Carthage Museum are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Located in Les Berges du Lac, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Dah Dah Happy Land Entertainment Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tunisia Private University and El Menzah Dome. El Menzah Stadium and Carrefour Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in La Soukra, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carthage Acropolium, St. Louis Cathedral, and Carthage Museum. North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial and Antonin Baths are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Sidi Bou Said, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Museum Dar el-Annabi and Palais Ennejma Ezzahra. Antonin Baths and North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Al Khulaydiyah, this country house is within 20 mi (32 km) of Place du 14 janvier 2011, Stade 7 Novembre, and Bab el Bahr. Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul and Carrefour Market are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Located in La Marsa Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum Dar el-Annabi, North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, and Palais Ennejma Ezzahra. Antonin Baths and Salammbo Oceanographic Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).