Tunis Travel Guide

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Tunis Highlights

  • Pro
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     good food, amazing culture, and BEAUTIFULL people 

  • Con
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     If you don't care for haggling, you may feel a little intimidated in the souks 

  • In a nutshell
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     A place to spend a few days, not just a half-day trip... 

Tunis Things to Do

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  • Bardo Museum

    The Bardo is the most important attraction in Tunis. We had to go through it quite quickly, as it was an unexpected stop our driver made while driving us to the hotel, but it was still nice to see. So we spent about an hour there, but you can and should undoubtedly take longer to see everything. I think it has the biggest collection of mosaics in...

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  • Medina

    The Medina is a great place to spend an afternoon or a day wandering around in. It is still a working Medina as far as the locals are concerned so it has not lost it's authentic feel. Watch out for the English speaking shop keepers who may try and take you on an overpriced tour of the Medina or try and sell you some thing else you do not need. This...

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  • Kasbah Mosque

    This large modern looking square was the location of the city's Kasbah which was destroyed by the French in 1883. All that remains from before the French is the Kasbah Mosque. The square is paved with local granite and is home to the National Monument and the city's modern municipal building.

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  • Bab el Bahr - French Gate

    This imposing gate is also known as the Porte de France or the French Gate and is located at the Medina eastern point where Ville Nouvelle begins. The name means 'Gate to the Sea' and it was once connected to the walls of the Medina but these were taken down in this area in 1950 and so the gate stands all alone. The French actually built it in 1848...

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  • Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul

    This large cathedral is located near the Medina in Place de L'Independance at the western end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba. It is the main Roman Catholic church in Tunis and is named in honour of Saint Vincent de Paul, a priest sold into slavery in Tunis, who after being freed took an interest in helping Christian slaves in the area. The church was...

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  • Carthage

    If you're visiting northern Tunisia then you simply can't miss Carthage as it was here that the Romans ruled their north African empire. Carthage lies about 15km (9 miles) east of Tunis which makes it an ideal place to visit for a day out (see one of my travelogues about a walking tour). Carthage was a great ancient city and port where the military...

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Tunis Hotels

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Tunis Restaurants

  • Upscale Dining

    This restaurant is a great place to celebrate a romantic evening or to cap off a great business meeting. White tablecloths, impeccable staff, and a great view of the beach all lend itself to a great dining experience. But what is a great dining experience without great food? Well, not to worry, Le Carre Blanc does not disappoint. Again, our party...

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  • Pricey and dim lit

    After our failure to have a fine dining in Sidi Bou Said (one restaurant fully reserved the other closed), we returned back to Tunis and we went to Andalous restaurant located just off Av. Bourguiba. as mentioned in my guide book, it's a dim lit restaurant.As the main dining area was crowded, we were directed to small patio even darker where we...

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  • Nice Views, Mediocre Food

    Au Bon Vieux Temps has a delightful location in Sidi Bou Said, with views looking out over the Gulf of Tunis. Unfortunately, the food and service cannot be recommended. On a recent visit, my friend and I ordered main courses of lamb couscous and fish with preserved lemons, as well as a starter salad of greens, cheese, and walnuts. All three items...

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Tunis Nightlife

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  • Jamaica bar

    This place is located on 10th floor of El Hana hotel on Bourguiba avenue.In winter when the weather is bad, it's crowded and smokey as its such a small bar but I can imagine in summer it's great due to the huge area for sitting outside.It has wonderful 360 views of the city.Drinks are expensive, 3.5TD for a bottle of local celtia beer (1.50gbp).

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  • Evening people watching

    Hotel Africa is one of the nicer or more upmarket Hotels in Tunis (Villa Nouvelle) and while we chose not to stay there we did have some tea one night on our way back from our Metro adventure in Sidi Bou Said. Wait staff is great and the prices will not drain your pocket book. It is just a great place to relax and enjoy the evening.

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  • El Hana International

    One of the best spots for a drink in Tunisia is the bar at El Hana International hotel. The bar is on the roof of the hotel and it has a small terrace from where there are fantastic views over the city. This is one of those hidden spots that when you find it you just want to keep it to yourself. We could see all the way to the Lake in one direction...

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Tunis Transportation

  • Taxi

    Just be careful with taxi from airport.Ask for the meter to be used.And check they don't turn it off halfway on the trip and try to charge you more.That's what my driver did although I caught him doing it and refused to pay what he wanted demanding to see the price on the meter.Don't pay any more than 10TD to the centre

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  • Trains

    The trains are a great way to get around Tunisa as they are cheap and comfortable for the most part similiar somewhat to those in Europe. Be cautious around holidays though and if you start to see locals crowd around the entrance to the platform get in the mix and don't be the last one in the train car. We happened to line up next to a door on the...

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  • Tunis-Taxi from airport to town

    I've been caught several times on this one, but no more.A taxi from the airport to the centre of Tunis should cost under 4TD.When I arrived in Tunis asked "How much to the Gare de Tunis" I was told 20 TD, we eventually agreed on 15TD. On the way home we stoppped a taxi near to the station and asked how much to the airport and was told that it was...

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Tunis Shopping

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  • buying CDs! are so cheap!

    I love visiting commercial shops as well and see what people are buying and whats for sale, also comparing prices even for silly stuff like colgate toothpaste is cheaper etc!, but generally its a good place to buy diet coke while i am walking or travelling around.also i love music and learnt a lot about music from my time and friendships in Morocco...

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  • The hotel shop

    In any shop a lot things like this one - made in modern China - pretend they are local 'antiques'.And they are sure 2 to 4 times overprised too. This souvenir cost $5 in Moscow and $20 in Tunis :) mmm... think about it...

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  • Off the beaten track city life

    To get off the beaten path and experience a non Medina and more local side of daily life in Tunis, head for the Sahib El-Tabia Mosque which is located a few hundred metres north of the Medina. On the way you'll pass by a street lines with fruit and vegetable stalls with orderly displays of different varieties of oranges as well as apples and...

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Tunis Local Customs

  • Muslim Customs

    Tunisia is a Muslim country and as a consequence many of the people, especially the women, dress quite conservatively. Another Muslim custom is the lack of open displays of affection between couples. However, Tunis wasn't quite so conservative as this and the customs of the people here were somewhere between what I’ve described above and what you...

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  • Haggle when shopping it's a must!

    If you shop in Tunise on the street or in markets do haggle for a better price. You're expected to do so and you'll offend the shop keepers if you don't or be considered a stupid tourist as they'll rip you off your money. It's fun, just try it. Always make the shop keeper tell his price first. It will be over the top. You then have to say a sum...

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  • Head of Jupiter

    The Bardo Museum contents the most important archaeological collection in the Maghreb (Marocco, Algeria, Tunisia) and is one of the richest in the world in Roman mosaics. It is, undoubtely, a treasure chest of artistic founds, and this head of Jupiter is but one.

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Tunis Warnings and Dangers

  • Kids with sticky fingers on the Metro

    Watch the street kids on the Metro. We got complacent after watching them for a couple of days play around in the doorways of the metro cars. They like to jump in and out at the stops and hand outside of the door while you roll down the tracks. We donated a $300 Canon camera to them one night on the way back to Tunis from Sidi Bou Said. Kim did not...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY SUFFICIENT FRESH BOTTLED...

    Due to the time of year that I was travelling in Northern Africa the days were extremely hot.I found that it was imperative to have with me at all times plenty of fresh drinking water. While out and about , walking is mainly how I get around and with the extreme heat, it is so easy to get quickly dehydrated. ALWAYS check the cap to make sure that...

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  • Keep an eye on your bag!!

    The most relevant and popular advice given to us, by everyone from fellow tourists, tour guides, even the locals, was: "Carry your bag on you stomach!". It's the only way to make sure no-one helps themselves to your belongings, especially when you're in the Medina of any of the cities.

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Tunis Tourist Traps

  • Restaurants on Ave Habib Bourguiba

    There are plenty of great places to eat here but check the prices first. We did not see a menu at one place and even though they had some local customers it was not a cheap lunch.....travel 101 (I know....) Check the menus and prices and stick to the places that are packed to the gills as there are plenty Try the cafe's off the Ave as there are...

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  • Medina

    Well, it's the Old Town Center, pretty much. In all fairness, it's incredibly colorful, with a range of souvenirs not to be found anywhere else, but it's just so BUSY! Upon first sight it looks like any other Medina you might've been to, but once you enter the narrow alleyways and streets you realize that there's just not enough space for...

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  • you are welcome to TUNISIA

    you are welcome to my beautiful cuntry TUNISIA,I have the honour to know you and if you need any help I am desponible.i wisch to vesit my blog:http://www.sejourschezlhabitand.blogspot.com/thks

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Tunis What to Pack

  • ALWAYS CARRY A RELIABLE MOSQUITO...

    When I am travelling what I carry is small and light. I find when I'm out and about I carry these necessary items. A small back pack that carries my camera gear (out of sight) and my neccesaries.. I am never without sufficient fresh drinking water. As I walk so much it is important to wear. A comfortable pair of hiking/walking boots/shoes. A...

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  • Tunisia Essentials...

    Flexible foldable bags are easier as hotels have little storage space in rooms. Bring a jacket for winter months as it gets chillySun block essential for summer if you dont wan to burnLight, loose clothes are good.Sandals are best in town, but bring boots if you want to go into the Sahara. Shampoo - Hard to find at sensible pricesConditioner -...

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  • antidiarrea it?s needed

    I don?t wanted to by nothing, but at the end a did a lot of shoppings, so it was a little dificult to put everything in my bag. at the airport a lot of people had the same problem and everybothiy bought more bags. I went in winter , february, so if you too, take a good coat, a lot of calcetines antidiarrea,serum, sun cream, towell wc and paper....

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Tunis Off The Beaten Path

  • Have a look at a very...

    Have a look at a very beautiful Christian church San Souis situated near Carthage. It was built in honour of a person whose name was Louis and who came to Tunis with a strong army to baptise this area. He had to stand up to plenty of hardships, and in the end he died of typhoid fever and was canonized.

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  • Place 7 Novembre

    Place 7 Novembre is a busy roundabout connecting the two biggest streets in the Ville Nouvelle, Avenue Bourguiba and Avenue Mohamed V. The Place takes its name from the date when President Ben Ali came to power in 1987. There is a large clock tower in the middle of the Place which looks very impressive from a distance though not so good up close....

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  • Colonial style buildings

    Away from Avenue Bourguiba the Ville Nouvelle becomes very different. The streets are less grand, there are fewer hotels and restaurants and many of the buildings are in a state of disrepair. We walked around the streets north of Bourguiba one evening and the most interesting buildings we came across were the old French colonial houses which look...

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Tunis Favorites

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  • Money Matters

    The local currency is the Dinar. American Express, Visa and travellers cheques are widely accepted, and the US dollar is a good currency to carry them in. ATMs are found in almost every town large enough to support a bank and certainly in all the tourist areas. Credit cards are accepted in souvenir shops and upmarket hotels and restaurants.

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  • Useful maps

    In some parts of the Medina, you'll find these useful maps which have been made from tiles. Most of the alleys and passageways have their names in both Arabic and French so it shouldn't be hard to find where you are and where you want to go but if you do get lost then simply ask someone or try and head back to the Zaytuna Mosque and get your...

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  • Photo Fee

    All ancient sites, mosques, museums and antiquities charge a photographic fee. The ticket for this has to be purchased when one buys the entrance ticket. For each camera a separate fee has to be paid. During my visit the fee was 1 Dinar.

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