A city of palaces, mosques, madrasas & fountains
Tunisian houses are generally simple and unadorned, but Tunis has a reputation for the elaborate and colorful doors and window treatments with which the wealthy have traditionally expressed their status. Carved, studded, latticed, arched, intricately decorated, and painted in blue, beige and orange, they add a unique element to a ramble down the old town's maze of streets.
Don't miss the souqs, Arabic for markets, divided into sections by craft, so goldsmiths and weavers with handlooms have their own territories. Chaotic and fascinating, it is the best way to get a feel for old ways blending with the modern.
Ranging from pre-historic artifacts to modern jewelry, the diverse collection of this national museum provides insight into the rich history of ancient North African life. The biggest highlight at Bardo Museum is the huge collection of Roman mosaics, said to be one of the finest in the world.
Head to Carthage, a World Heritage site where ancient monuments including the Antonine baths, water cisterns, a Roman amphitheater, stunning churches, and the Punic ports are waiting to be explored.
Awaken your senses as you wander narrow alleys and busy souqs, amid stunning architecture and opulent tile work in Old Town Tunis. Hunt for treasures, take in daily life, and be sure to visit the rooftop of the Olive Tree Mosque, providing amazing views of the bustling maze of the Medina.
Tunis, Tunisia At a glance