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Love UNESCO site, culture and monuments? Get away to Tunis!

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.

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Cafés, Culture and Historical Buildings

Top hotels in Tunis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Carlton
3 out of 5
31 Av Habib Bourguiba, Tunis
£55
per night
22 Sep-23 Sep
4/5Very Good! (862 reviews)

Located in Tunis Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Habib Bourguiba Avenue, National Theatre of Tunisia and Place du 14 janvier 2011. Maison de ...

4/5Very Good! (862 reviews)

"Very Clean ( they clean the room daily), quiet, staff very helpful, the breakfast is nice, in the center of the city, anything u need is just near u. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2019

Hotel Carlton
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El Mouradi Gammarth
5 out of 5
Les Côtes De Carthage, La Marsa, Tunis Governorate
£48
per night
18 Oct-19 Oct
3.3/5 (381 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this La Marsa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carthage Acropolium, St. Louis Cathedral and Palais Ennejma Ezzahra. North Africa American ...

3.3/5 (381 reviews)

"Our stay was very comfortable and nice. We struggled to get in touch with the hotel prior to our arrival however it all went smoothly when we arrived, staff was helpful (we had to seek a medical assistance which was promptly provided by the hotel), rooms are very spacious with air con and the food ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019

El Mouradi Gammarth
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ibis Tunis
3 out of 5
Rue De Syrie, Tunis
£51
per night
22 Sep-23 Sep
3.9/5Very Good! (244 reviews)

Located in Bab Bhar, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cité de la Culture, Carrefour Market and Habib Bourguiba Avenue. Place du 14 janvier 2011 and Tunisia ...

3.9/5Very Good! (244 reviews)

"Close to airport. Room has no kettle to boil water to make hot drinks . Tip is a must to give to the hotel staff assisting guests to load even a small luggage."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2019

ibis Tunis

Top activities in Tunis

Full Day Tour to Tangier
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Full Day Tour to Tangier

£102

Enjoy a one day tour to Morocco from Spain with an introduction of the legendary Tangier. Tangier is only 45 mn ferry cross from Tarifa. This organized group tour to this enticing Mediterranean port city is a great introduction to a history of over 3000 years.

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