Tunis Attractions

While largely ignored by the package tourists who flock to the seaside resorts of Tunisia, the capital city of Tunis is a vibrant and fascinating metropolis that provides many attractions for tourists on holiday in Northern Africa.

Tunisia is a unique blend of Eastern and Western culture, and nowhere is this more evident than in Tunis. The city is home to beautiful religious structures of several faiths, including the famous Zitouna Mosque and the Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul. Walking tours of the city include these buildings, as well as several historic city gates, such as the Bab el Bahr and Bab Saadoun, dating back to the 14th century.

Tunis also has several interesting museums, including the Bardo Museum, which has extensive collections of artefacts ranging from the prehistoric era to the Ottoman Period. The Early Christian Museum also has fascinating exhibits.

Tunis's souks and markets are wonderful places to pick up lovely souvenirs and simply wander through. However, the crowds and noise can be overwhelming. Tourists can take refuge in Belvedere Park, a large, leafy area set on Lake Tunis with museums, cafes, and a zoo.

Zitouna

Zitouna Mosque

The largest mosque in Tunisia, the Zitouna Mosque dates back to the 8th century; the 160 columns of the mosque were brought from the ruins of Carthage. Set in the heart of Tunis, the mosque was improved upon almost continually until the...  see full details



Belvedere Park

Belvedere Park

Tunis' largest parks, Belvedere Park covers 270 acres (110 ha) just north of the city. Known as the 'Lungs of Tunis' due to the scarcity of green spaces in the city, Belvedere Park has a number of family-friendly attractions to enjoy on...  see full details



Carthage

Carthage

Carthage was the base of a powerful trading empire during the Phoenician and Punic periods, ruled by the infamous conqueror Hannibal. Destroyed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC, the site was redeveloped a century later and became a Roman capital. Located...  see full details



Kerouane

Kerkouane

Approximately 50 miles (80km) east of Tunis lies Kerkouane, a former city of the Phoenician and Punic periods. The city was abandoned around the 3rd century BC, which meant it was largely ignored by the conquering Romans and is today the only remaining...  see full details



Feedback


Travel Guide powered by Word Travels, copyright © 2020 Globe Media Ltd. All rights reserved. By its very nature much of the information in this guide is subject to change at short notice and travellers are urged to verify information on which they're relying with the relevant authorities. Neither Globe Media nor The Global Travel Group can accept any responsibility for any loss or inconvenience to any person as a result of information contained above.