Tunisia is one of the more stable and developing destinations in the Mediterranean among the lesser touristed countries of the North African coast. It holds a lot to see and do, some great new luxury hotels and experiences.
Tunisia may be small in comparison to its other neighbors, but it is jam packed with history, ruins, markets and a fascinating culture to be explored. Tunis the capital city is well connected to the European mainland and has many vestiges of French and North African culture blended.
The most modern section of the city is known as ville nouvelle. Big boulevards with colonial hotels and storefronts make for upscale shopping and dining venues. It is easy to take a step back in time though just minutes away with covered market or traditional North African Medina is at the city’s center, mostly a pedestrian area that is well worth exploring on foot.
This is the central tourist gem of the city. Anyone who has had the essential experience of a North African central Market say in Egypt or Morocco knows there is bargaining, hassling and all kinds of cross cultural influences going on. The Tunis Media is by far the calmest, you won’t be hassled here too much walking around. The best place to enter is at Place de la Victoire and the Port de France (also called Bar al Bab)
Sidi Bou Said
This coastal town painted in blue and white is the photogenic suburb of Tunis to which everyone makes a day trip. Hope for a sunny day to get the full effect of the color and be sure to indulge in coffee, tea and shisha with a sea view.
Luxury Hotel Scene
Tunis has three excellent hotels in its environs to really indulge in plush rooms, excellent service and indulgent spas. The Sheraton is the historic luxury property closest to the downtown that has a great spa and has been recently renovated. The Movenpick in Gammarth is a private seaside property that is themed around relaxation and wellness, while the Four Seasons combines all of these traits in one of its newest properties and of course packed with industry leading hospitality quality.
The ruins of Ancient Carthage
This is one of the biggest attractions of the Medina. The mosque is the largest in the country and has been in continuous development and expansion since the 8th century. The columns are restored pieces from the ruins of ancient Carthage. The mosque has been a center for learning for centuries and it is open for visits from Sunday to Thursday from 8am-11am only.