Carthage Travel Guide

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    WAITING FOR OUR TRAIN TO TUNIS
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    FRESH BOTTLED WATER DONT BE WITHOUT IT
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    Sidi bou Said
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Carthage Highlights

  • Pro
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    starship says…

     A wealth of historical sites to visit! Close to Sidi Bou Said & Tunis 

  • Con
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    barryg23 says…

     Sights are well spread out and it can be difficult to see everything in a day 

  • In a nutshell
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    aramat says…

     A survivor city 

Carthage Things to Do

  • The Tophet

    Tophet is the name given to places of child sacrifice in the Middle East. Here in Carthage it is the area in which many archaeologists believe child sacrifices took place. These sacrifices may not have been as common as the number of gravestones in the area lead you to believe, however. Many families scarificed small animals like goats in place of...

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  • Punic Ports

    The main part of Carthage port had two harbours that were linked with a 70 feet entrance to the sea. This entrance could be closed when required by the use of an iron chain. It had a capacity for 220 ships.Unfortunately the Romans destroyed the port and there are very few remains, except for the odd piece of stone lying on the ground. There are one...

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  • Antoine Baths

    The full name of is the Baths of Antoninus Pius. Along with Archeological Park which you walk through to reach the baths, these are probably the most important and well known exhibits of Carthage. These ruins were built betwwen 145 and 165AD. The baths said to be some of the largest of the Roman times with the main pool being the size of an Olympic...

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  • Acropolium (former Cathedral of St....

    The deconsecrated Cathedral of St. Louis was built in an oddly eclectic Gothic/Byzantine/Moorish style back in 1884. It is set at the top of Byrsa Hill, which is the place where, according to legend, Queen Dido founded Qart Hadash (Phoenician for "new city").In the 1990s, it was renamed "Acropolium" and became an exhibit and concert hall. However,...

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  • Museum of Carthage

    A really good collection of Roman and Punic artefacts including sarcophagi, sculptures, stelae, jewellery, glass paste and clay masks, ordinary household items, etc.

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  • North Africa American Cemetery ~ Part II

    A very nice gentleman greeted us when we arrived and asked if we had visited the cemetery before, asked if we had any questions (which we did) and gave us a fact sheet about the cemetery that was very interesting and helpful. He asked us if we would like to sign the guest book which we gladly did.Upon entering the gates of the cemetery, you will...

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  • Sanctuary of Tophet

    This was my first stop at Carthage and I came here from the nearby Carthage Salammbo station. The name Tophet (meaning "place of burning"), which is found in the Old Testament ("in the valley of the children of Hinnom"), was the sacred place where human sacrifices (molek) were offered to the gods. The principal gods of Carthage were the sun god...

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  • North Africa American Cemetery ~ Part 1

    One of the sites we most wanted to see in city of Carthage was the North Africa American Cemetery, to honor those who gave their lives during the liberation of North Africa during World War II. It is officially known as the North Africa American Cemetery because those buried here did not necessarily lose their lives in Tunisia, but possibly some...

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  • Carthage's Roman Ampitheatre

    On our way to what I thought would be our last destination, the North Africa American Cemetery, our bus stops on the side of the road. At first we don't know why because all we see are a couple of roadside gift stands and the attendants. Then looking over the shoulders of these dusty fellows we're stunned to see the remains of the Roman Ampitheatre...

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  • Cathedral of St. Louis

    Rising from the crest of Byrsa Hill is the beautiful is the Cathedral of St. Louis. Although the Cathedral is now actually a de-consecrated church, it is still widely referred to as the Cathedral, St. Louis, on Byrsa Hill.The Cathedral belonged to the Seminary of the Pere Blancs (White Fathers) who established themselves on Byrsa Hill in 1881. The...

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  • Magon Quarter

    The Magon Quarter excavation site is in a small park (entrance on the sea front, between the Kothon and the Antonine Baths). The site gives some impression of the development of the town in Punic times. Immediately behind the sea wall (fifth century B.C.), which just before the Third Punic War was 13m/43ft high, was the craftsmen's quarter; beyond...

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  • Antonine Baths

    One of the highlights of Carthage are the massive remains of the Baths of Antoninus Pius, which were the largest in the Roman world outside Rome. They occupy an area of 1.8 hectares/4.5 acres. Built between A.D. 146 and 162, in the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, they were extensively restored in 389 but subsequently collapsed, presumably as a...

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Carthage Hotels

  • Villa Didon

    Rue Mendes France, Carthage, 2016, Tunisia

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

Carthage Restaurants

  • Great cafe

    Yam's is a typical Tunisian cafe opposite the Monoprix supermarket near Carthage Dermech station. After I finished spending the day walking around the sights, I came here and sat outside for a rest, cup of good coffee and a fantastic chocolate and banana crepe, which I highly recommend having.

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  • Near Carthage Dermech station

    One of only a few places to get any food in Carthage, Baguette is a fast food burger restaurant that is similar to a McDonalds or Burger King with similar food and decor. It's located near the Monoprix supermarket near Carthage Dermech station. It's a good idea to get food either in here or in the supermarket before you set off around the sights.

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  • Picnic Lunch in Carthage

    There aren't very many restaurants in Carthage and those that are found there tend to be expensive. Hence, it makes sense to bring a picnic lunch, especially if you plan on seeing a lot of the ruins and if the weather is fine. Alternatively you could spend the morning in Carthage and take a train to nearby Sidi Bou Said for lunch. We brought a...

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Carthage Transportation

  • TGM from Tunis

    The best way to get to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said is by taking the small suburban train known as the TGM. It travels from the Tunis Marine TGM station at the eastern end of Ave Habib Bourguiba and passes through La Goulette, Carthage and Sid Bou Said before ending at La Marsa. Second class costs about 650 mills and can be quite crowded whilst first...

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  • Walking Tour

    According to my copy of Lonely Planet Tunisia, "...you will need near superhuman stamina..." to cover all the sights that Carthage has to offer. Although the sights are very spread out, you can visit them fairly easily in one day but, be warned, you will have to walk a fair distance between them to achieve this (about 6km/4 miles). Now, I'm not the...

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  • By Train from Tunis

    Carthage is very easy to reach from Tunis. Regular trains leave from the Tunis Marine TGM station in the Ville Nouvelle and stop at all 6 stations in Carthage. The ruins are spread out over a large area in Carthage. Carthage Dermach or Hannibal are probably the most convenient as they are in the centre near the museum and the majority of the ruins....

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Carthage Local Customs

  • Visitng The Sights In Carthage

    There is a global tickets that covers entry into all of the sights at Carthage. It is about 5.5 dinars. You also have to pay an extra 1 dinar if you wish to take photos. The sights are open daily from 8am - 7pm from April to mid-September and from 8.30am-5pm at other times of the year.The sights are fairly well spread out over a couple of...

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  • Visiting Mosques

    Many countries, including Tunisia, are predominantly Muslim, so the religious sites you are most likely to encounter, are, predictably, mosques. This is a brief tip of advice, written from the point of view of a non-Muslim, female traveler (yours truly!!!):- Do dress modestly, covering arms, legs, shoulders and the like, no frivolous dressing will...

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Carthage Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS CARRY SUFFICIENT FRESH BOTTLED...

    When travelling in these extremely hot equatorial or desert climates ALWAYS make sure that you are carrying enough fresh bottled drinking water to get you through the day..Visiting archaelogical sites such as this I find there is usually very little shade and walking for long periods is neccesary.You may be surprised at how much water you will...

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  • Do not take photos.........

    ........of the Presidential Palace, which is right next to the site of the Antonine Baths.It is a very nice piece of architecture, with some pretty bougainvilla etc, but the guards get very cross indeed if you take any photos at all. You can tell it's important by all the flags, and all the armed guards.So I didn't take a photo of it.This one is of...

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  • Watch out for the 'guardien'.

    At the aqueduct site (where we had stopped for lunch at an on-site cafe) , after I had wandered along taking photos, I was approached quite aggressively by the 'guardien', a man who had been sitting in the shade.He demanded 10 dinar (5GBP!) for the 'ticket'. Knowing (I thought) that this was not a ticketed site, I argued politely and then just...

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Carthage Tourist Traps

  • The Theatre

    We visited the Theatre on my first trip to Carthage. When we arrived the cleaners were busy removing all the rubbish that had been left behind the previous evening. Virtually all of the theatre has been reconstructed and it is almost impossible to find any of the original stones. Now it looks like what it is - a reconstruction, and not a good one...

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  • The market!!!

    It seem like a tourist trap to me, when a tour guide take to the market. When i went to the market, it seem like i was being corner in the shop and could not leave until i buy something. And you have to push your way out of the shop. It was crazy! Other then that it was not to bad. The only thing that made it a poor experience for me is, I had some...

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  • Copies of old coins!

    In every site you will be hamnging around, you will be stopped by some people trying to sell you “old coins”. That is clearly a tourist trap as those coins are NOTHING, just copies and bulls***s!!! So, take care!!!

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Carthage What to Pack

  • sun

    the less weight as possible because yur gone walk quite a while... light clothes thru out tunisia and especially in carthage where it is always very hot ... bring all yur photo gear and ready to snapshot hundred clics... along with light clothes, also light shoes are recommendeble. and don't forget yur hat and shades and water.bring along water...

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  • Prepare to Mediterranean Sun

    Prefer light bags for a comfortable walk. A bottle of drink water is also recommended. Summer clothes and proper shoes for walk. Additionaly hat for protection from sun. Protective lotion or oil. A digital camera must be in your list of course.

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  • Fighting the Heat - Part I

    Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:- Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of...

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Carthage Off The Beaten Path

  • Beautiful Sidi Bou Said

    The nearby town of Sidi Bou Said must be one of the most picturesque villages in Tunisia and shouldn't be missed. Famous for its visually intense white-washed buildings trimmed in Cerulean blue, and the flowering bourgainvillea, the village is overflowing with physical charm. With its perfect location on the Gulf of Tunis, it is no wonder it was a...

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  • Tophet

    Perhaps Carthage's most "out-of-way" archeological site, the Tophet is a burial ground where a number of Carthaginian children were sacrificed to the gods Tanit and Baal Hammon, mainly between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC. There is some controversy regarding the sacrifices: while the Romans used the sacrifices to depict the Carthaginians as...

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  • The byrds

    I saw this group of byrds by chance, hidden in the shadow of the walls in the area of Antonine Baths. In my language we call them "biserka", guinea-fowl in english. This byrd usualy disturb African predators (big cats) when hunting, making loud voices.

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Carthage Favorites

  • Pay to Snap Those Pictures

    It is becoming increasingly more common to be charged an extra fee in addition to an admission fee in order to take photos of famous museums or historical sights around the world, and this was also the case for Carthage. Although we obviously visited with a tour group, our guide was obliged to collect 1 Tunisian Dinar or 1 Euro from those wishing...

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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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  • One ticket for all sites

    When you enter your first tourist sight, you're able to visit the rest of the sights with one all day ticket which saves you having to but individual tickets all the time. The ticket costs TD7 plus TD1 for camera charge and covers the amphitheatre, Roman villas, Roman Theatre, Paleo-Christian Museum, Carthage Museum on Byrsa Hill, Sanctuary of...

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