Tunisia'sTunisia's capital is one of those cities where one can find the old mingling with the modern at a quiet pace. The city's fame comes from its central political and financial center. Alongside its main attractions is the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, nicknamed "the Tunisian Champs Elysees" (which already gives you a clue of what's in wait!), the Medina Quarter with its white wall and blue window building style typical of Tunisian architecture, the Municipal Theatre, the Bardo National Museum, and of course, the quintessential North African souqs offering visitors endless lots of souvenirs and treasured merchandise.
A major port and powerhouse in the Ancient World, this port city was once Rome'sRome's most formidable adversary, both on land and sea. The city is an architectural gem replete with the once Phoenician metropolis's ruins. Famous sites include the Baths of Antoninus and the Carthage National Museum. But don't be fooled; Carthage is in itself an open-air museum that attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to marvel at this ancient, well-preserved ''time capsule''.
Situated on the southeast coast of Tunisia, Djerba is North Africa's largest island and one of the world's most important Jewish cultural centers. The island has been the home to the El Ghriba synagogue, the oldest continuously Jewish temple in use globally. The 2000-year ancient temple has been the pilgrimage object by many Jewish people globally, most notably French Jews and others. However, the most striking feature is the harmonious co-existence between the local Jewish population and the surrounding Christian and Muslim communities.
Hammamet offers a refreshing introduction to the culture of North Africa and Tunisia.
With its sandy stretches on the Mediterranean and beautiful, well-preserved Medina, Old Town, Hammamet considered Tunisia'sTunisia's original Tourism resort. The town warmly wraps around a cove on the Cap Bon Peninsula, making it the ultimate destination for lazing about in the sun. But if you find yourself wanting to get off the beach, its strategic location allows you to explore the rest of Cap Bon'sBon's tourist attractions.
Top things to do
The Bardo Museum
Even non-museum fans can't fail to be impressed at the massive haul of beautiful mosaics exhibited inside the Bardo. It is one of North Africa's top museums, and it houses one of the world's most important mosaic collections, all curated beautifully. It's a showcase of the dazzling, intricate artistry of the Roman and Byzantine eras, with pieces cherry-picked from every significant archaeological site in Tunisia.
If you only have one day in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, this museum should be high up on your to-do list.
The old town "Madina of Tunis."
Built-in 698 A.D., the Tunis Town "medina" was one of the first Arab-Muslim towns in the Magreb and thus housed many must-sees for visitants. This collection constitutes a model among the best conserved in the Islamic world with its souqs, urban fabric, residential quarters, monuments, and gates.
Carthage Archeological Site
Carthage'sCarthage's antique ruins, just outside of Tunis, the discourse of a long and exciting history. Its mythical cachet remains to this day, and the stories to be found here are unlimited. Anyone who's ever heard about Hannibal and his elephants will be impressed by the remains of the arena, the old walls and gates, the reddish-brown sand against the backdrop of the ocean's deep blue. In Carthage, the story is just around every corner, and the wisdom of being there is inestimable.
Explore Sidi Bou Said
The best way to explore this place is simply by bike, and it is a fun way of sightseeing. Sidi Bou Said is Tunis'Tunis' radical seaside suburb, full of photo-perfect conceal buildings with wrought-iron window packs and sky-blue frame doors.
Visit El Djem Amphitheater
The well-preserved Roman relic is Tunisia'sTunisia's big sightseeing highlight, one of the most popular things to do on day trips from the coastal resorts. It is one of the most reliable amphitheater architecture models left standing in the world. The massive bulk of the walls are a reminder of Rome'sRome's once-mighty grip across North Africa.