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Tunis
Travel Guide

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This fascinating modern city boasts an exciting local culture and a deep sense of history all in a stunning Mediterranean setting.

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.

Where to stay in Tunis

El Mouradi Gammarth
El Mouradi Gammarth
5 out of 5
Les Côtes De Carthage, La Marsa, Tunis Governorate
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £66 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
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 ...
3.4/5 (488 reviews)
"j ai beaucoup apprécié la gentillesse du personnel et du directeur de l hotel . mes enfants ont pris l habitude de y sejourner et ont insiste pour que je vienne apprecier le calme et les commodites de cet hotel. les recommandations d hygiène sont strictes et appliquées . j apprecie les massages et ..."

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2020

El Mouradi Gammarth
Four Seasons Hotel Tunis
Four Seasons Hotel Tunis
5 out of 5
Zone Touristique Cap Gammarth, La Marsa, Tunis Governorate
The price is £201 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
This family-friendly La Marsa hotel is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Residence Golf Course and Gamarth Marina. La Marsa Beach and Palais ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (103 reviews)
"Outstanding service to the highest level of luxury"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Tunis
Movenpick Hotel du Lac Tunis
Movenpick Hotel du Lac Tunis
5 out of 5
Rue du Lac Huron, Tunis
The price is £118 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Located in El Khadra, this luxury hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Dah Dah Happy Land Entertainment Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Habib Bourguiba Avenue and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (120 reviews)
"Great staff services and very friendly."

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2021

Movenpick Hotel du Lac Tunis
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Stunning Spacious Villa Floor in Mourouj1
Stunning Spacious Villa Floor in Mourouj1
The price is £53 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Situated in Ben Arous, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Stade 7 Novembre, Dar Ben Abdallah Museum and Rue Charles de Gaulle. Municipal Market and ...
Stunning Spacious Villa Floor in Mourouj1
Dar Saïdane
Dar Saïdane
3.5 out of 5
Located in al hmeri, this holiday home is 29.9 mi (48.2 km) from Stade du 15 Octobre and 30.3 mi (48.7 km) from Bizerte Beach.
Dar Saïdane
Beachfront Apartment Raf-raf Plage
Beachfront Apartment Raf-raf Plage
Situated in Rafrāf, this apartment building is within 32 miles (52 km) of Stade du 15 Octobre, Bizerte Beach and The Residence Golf Course. Ichkeul National ...
Beachfront Apartment Raf-raf Plage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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