Tunis Travel Guide

by our Tunisia expert Terry Emery
Terry EmeryThe ancient maritime trading nation of the Phoenicians dominated much of the Mediterranean for millennia until, in three wars, Rome finally defeated their city state of Carthage on the North African coast. Carthage is ‘modern’ Tunis and a sector of the capital of today’s Tunisia still bears the name, where there are substantial (mostly Roman) ruins to be seen. As with most Middle-Eastern cities, the medina - market area - is confusing and enormously fascinating. Tiny alleyways are crammed with shops, stalls and cafes - clamber up on to a carpet-and-cushion strewn platform, deep in the cool dark recesses, for delicious mint tea, thick coffee and melting pastries. Shop for richly decorated rugs and exquisite filigree silverware (resolute haggling essential). The Bardo Museum rivals Istanbul’s Topkapi and a ‘must’ is to spend time in another suburb, Sidi Bou Said, a calm and stunningly beautiful photogenic mass of brilliant white walls and ‘washed-out’ blue paint. Even if you’re headed for the beach resorts, you have to explore Tunis.

Tunisia Facts

National Flag: Tunisian Flag
Language(s): Arabic
Currency: Tunisian dinar
Dialling Code: +216
Time Zone: GMT + 1
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