This North African getaway is a melting pot of culture, archeology, and dynamic landscapes. Tunisia is ideally perched along the Mediterranean Sea and its charming local atmosphere is certainly well manifested in Tunis the capital and its suburban districts. Spring is an excellent time of the year to visit because days are warm and sunny, but not overbearingly hot, the high summer season is yet to get into gear so one can enjoy more of an intimate experience and better accommodations for less cost.
Tunis Airport is easy to reach from many African, Middle Eastern and European capitals. The country’s safety is quite good compared to some of its neighbors and the culture is easily embraced by foreigners as it has elements from Europe, North Africa and Arabia. Transportation in Tunis is good via buses, taxis and a regional train.
Spring travelers will revel in this destinations two best outdoor features: the city’s Medina and the coastal villages. The Medina is the heart of the old city, its narrow and partially covered streets are full of smells of spice, colorful fabrics and leather goods. A quintessential local experience is to stop in a cafe and sip mint tea or coffee and people watch. The streets wander and one can explore all kinds of market goods, produce and visit the historic central Zitouna Mosque at designated times.
The Bar al Bab gate (Port of France) is a downtown landmark that yields the Medina and showcases the modern city. Here there are stylish restaurants, good hotels, wide boulevards and museums to explore. The wide Belvedere Park in town is in full bloom with the combination of warmer days and spring rains.
The coastal towns are really just suburbs of Tunis, so they can be easily reached in 15 to 20 minutes from the city center on the affordable TGM light rail train. They include the historic ruins of Carthage, and panoramic cities of La Goulette and Sidi Bou Said. Each of these areas hosts its own particular beachfront, which is often more scenic rock and bluffs rather than sand. Sidi Bou Said on a sunny spring day is unforgettable, with its signature blue and white houses and various cafe’s overlooking the Mediterranean Sea from high cliff seats.