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Tunis: city’s highlights

Tunis offers so many beautiful things to see and visit that tdescribing them would not be enough – probably the words would not make the actual idea of ​​such a beauty!

Let’s try to describe the city’s highlights in any case, if not all, since it’s almost impossible, at least some, just to tease the imagination and entice so choose Tunisia, namely its capital Tunis, for their holidays. Meanwhile, before we get into specifics, we must have a premise: Tunisia, and even more its capital Tunis, is very easy to reach, both by air and by sea (click here).

Tunis is overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and is very close to Sicily, from which it is separated only by the Sicilian Channel. The city is a port at the bottom of Bahira and is connected to the Gulf of Tunis by a narrow passage called La Goulette.
Tunis is the largest port and the most populous city in Tunisia. Its public transport are considered very valuable and you can therefore easily move from one point to another of the city and also in its surroundings.

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Given the historical past, recently in Tunisia and in Tunis it is also spoken both French and Italian and you can also study both languages. This fact certainly will facilitate the stay of European tourists who will have less difficulty in relating to the people.
The city has several well defined and separated aspects , as if they were three cities in one: there is the Medina, the European quarter, and then all the most modern and recent buildings.

  • The Medina is definitely a strong point of attraction for anyone and is among the first places among those visited by tourists. It is a veritable city within a city is made up of narrow streets, or rather we should speak of alleyways, some uncovered, other small places, the sides of which are all activities, craft but also commercial. It is interesting to know that at the time of creation of the Medina were placed various markets not only by grouping the activities by type, but also on the basis of which could cause discomfort: in fact, the area around the mosque Al-Zaytouna which is right in the center, and in the upper part, that is the most western one, were placed all trades and businesses considered more noble, that maybe did not produce too much noise or, even worse, bad smell.

The markets, or as they are called, the souk, have always been appreciated by tourists visiting Tunis, between the various souks there are the most crowded ones, especially that of El-Blat where you can find all the spices and herbs, with unbelievable scents and smells; the  El-Berka souk, which displays the most beautiful jewels; the El-Attarine souks where they sell the most intoxicating scents, to make your head spin, and then many others.

But Medina is not only markets: there are so many other things to see, such as its mosques; we have already appointed the Al-Zaytouna, which is at the very heart of the Medina, then there are still, for example, Youssef Dey Mosque and the  Mammouda Pacha Mosque.

Besides, it must also remember that the Medina of Tunis in 1981 has become a universal heritage site of UNESCO. The Medina is not the only place in Tunis that belongs to a UNESCO heritage site; there is also Carthage that became Unesco before the Medina, in 1979.

  • Carthage is a luxurious suburb of Tunis, it is just 16 km away. It is an archaeological site mostly Roman, but also Punic. It is located on the Lake of Tunis and is well worth a visit, because it is a place full of history.

In Tunis you should visit the Bardo Museum which is the oldest archaeological museum of Africa. It is located on the outskirts of the city, the luxurious residence of Ali Bey III. No less than 34 rooms in several buildings and there you can see, in the midst of all other findings, the magnificent mosaics.

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Other places to see are definitely the Cathedral of Saint-Louis, built in 1890 in Byzantine-Moorish style and is located not far from Carthage National Museum. And also worth seeing, the College Sadiki, the Palace Dar Rassaa, the Palace Der Elb and Clock Tower.

For families with children, but of course not only for them, we would then go and see the interesting Oceanographic Museum, with its colorful fish and waterfowl.