Holidays to Tunis
As the capital city of Tunisia, Tunis is a good introduction to this fascinating country in North Africa. From the bustling souks in the medina to the pleasant tree-lined streets of Ville Nouvelle, beautiful parks and fascinating archaeological ruins close by, this exciting city offers a wealth of sights and activities at every turn.
What to see and do on a Holiday to Tunis
Visitors on a holiday to Tunis should not miss out on a tour to the ancient ruins of Carthage, just a short drive from the city centre. The city was established by the Phoenicians over 3,000 years ago, and was once a powerful Mediterranean capital. Today visitors can explore the crumbling walls, soaring columns, Roman baths, and the amphitheatre to see the remnants of eras gone by. The Carthage Museum houses many artifacts found in Carthage, and is a good place to learn more about the history of the city.
If you are interested in Arabic architecture, the Zitouna Mosque is a must-see sight. The mosque was built in the 8th century, and is the largest mosque in Tunisia. Enter the sun dappled courtyard to gaze up at the striking arches and unique square minaret. The mosque also has 160 columns that were taken from the famous ruins of Carthage. Non-Muslims can take in the architecture here from a viewing area in the courtyard.
You cannot come on a holiday to Tunis and not visit the souks at least once. These vibrant markets are crammed with colourful stalls selling everything from spices, jewellery, lamps, leather goods, carved wooden boxes, clothing and more. To experience an authentic slice of traditional North African life, head to the stalls in the old part of the city, called the medina. Here you can bargain for goods with the vendors and sample delicious Tunisian cuisine at the many food stalls and restaurants.
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