Top 10 attractions to visit in the big TUNIS

During the twentieth century, the agglomeration developed largely outside the boundaries of the municipality of Tunis and spread over four governorates, Tunis, Ariana, Ben Arous, and Manouba, called together the great Tunis. Inside this charming labyrinth, there is still much to discover. Below the list of the most important touristic places in the big Tunis.

view of the golf of Tunis taken from Sidi bou said

SIDI BOUSAID

Located at about twenty kilometers north-east of Tunis. It is served by the railway line of the TGM which connects it to La Marsa and Tunis. The houses of Sidi Bou Saïd which combine Arab and Andalusian architecture and which are of dazzling whiteness and blue doors are scattered at random winding lanes. Tourist site in the colors of the Mediterranean Sea, classified since 1915, the site is nicknamed the “little paradise white and blue”.

CARTHAGE

The ancient Punic city, destroyed and rebuilt by the Romans who make it the capital of the province of Africa proconsular, is today one of the most exclusive municipalities of Greater Tunis, the official residence of the President of the Republic, gathering many residences of ambassadors or wealthy Tunisian and expatriate fortunes. The city still has many archaeological sites, most of them Roman, with some Punic elements, declared World Heritage by Unesco since July 27, 1979.

La Goulette

Commander of the access to the lake of Tunis, La Goulette played for centuries an important military role basing on the fortress of Carraca. The city is also famous for its fish restaurants and its long beach, which makes it a favorite destination Tunisians.

Old Medina of Tunis

The Tunis medina was one of the first Arab-Muslim towns in the Maghreb, and thus houses many must-sees for visitors. Chock-a-block full of crumbling buildings and alleyways winding in higgledy-piggledy routes, you’re bound to get lost once passing the main entrance gate of Bab el Bahr. Embrace the chaos of the souks, stumble onto the fabulous monumental relics, and take a breather in the lavish palaces on Sidi Brahim.

New TUNIS

A world away from the organic jumble of the medina, Tunis’s new town was developed during the French colonial era. Its main core is Avenue Habib Bourguiba – a magnificently wide avenue planted with palms and eucalyptus trees. The street heads eastwards, from just outside the medina on Place de l’Indépendance towards the harbor, in a dead straight line.

The imposing St. Vincent de Paul Cathedral is the largest surviving building of Tunisia’s French colonial period. Its bulky neo-Romanesque facade presides grandly over the north end of Place de l’Indépendance and at the time of construction in 1893, it was a monumental reminder of France’s dominance over the country. Inside is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Architecture fans should check out the wonderful mix of colonial and post-colonial buildings along Avenue Habib Bourguiba, from the Modernist inverted pyramid of Hotel du Lac to the more genteel and grand European-style of the government buildings. At the intersection with Avenue Mohammed V, Place d’Afrique has a clock monument symbolizing Tunisia’s modern era.

The Bardo Museum

Housing the world’s most renowned mosaic collection, this museum, located in an opulent Tunis palace, is North Africa’s most impressive exhibit. Room after room displays a treasury of vibrant mosaic art, unearthed from Tunisia’s ancient sites and remarkable remnants of the long history that shaped this land. Bardo is one of the most stunning museums you’ll ever visit.

Belvedere ZOO-Park

This welcome splash of greenery in one of the city’s top spots to catch your breath and regroup from the hustle of the busy streets. The hillside has been planted with Aleppo pine, carob-trees, olive and fig trees, and palm trees, and those who take the short hike up to the top of the hill are rewarded with fantastic panoramas of the entire city (on a clear day). On the east side of the park is the Museum of Modern Art, home to the country’s top collection of work by Tunisian artists. The park is also home to the city’s zoo.

City of Culture

It is a cultural complex of nine hectares located in the center of the city of Tunis, opened in March 2018. The city includes a media library with an area of 2376 square meters, a film library, a house of artists, a national museum of modern and contemporary art dedicated to exhibitions of visual artists, painters, and sculptors from all sectors of the visual arts, production studios. In addition to commercial spaces, the City of Culture also houses childcare centers, cafes, and restaurants.

Carthage Land Les Berges Du Lac

The amusement park for all the family par excellence, entertainment, and leisure are waiting for you with qualified staff to make you live unforgettable moments and spend a day full of emotions. Twenty themed attractions await you to relive the experience of Carthaginian times. Cool off for a swim at the pool or a slide at the Aqualand Park. Other attractions and cultural discoveries await you include Medina Travels, Ali Baba.

At the option of a walk in the open air, in a relaxed atmosphere, you can discover all the attractions, shows, and animations. This park of a new kind will surprise more than one!

Dar Hussein

The sumptuous Dar Hussein Palace was built in the 18th century and restored during the 19th century. Now home to Tunisia’s National Institute of Archaeology and Art, visitors can wander freely in the beautiful inner courtyard (but aren’t allowed into the palace itself) and soak up the opulent surroundings. Nearby is the Dar Ben Abdallah, an 18th-century palace that has been put to good use as the home of the city’s folk museum. The exhibits include faience, stucco ornament, costumes, and furniture.

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