5 good reasons to go to Tunis
To see / do
Culture and history
The central Tunis medina
The medina is the historic centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, you should definitely pay a visit! Walk the streets of Tunis to see the Zitouna mosque, Tourbet el Bey (Husainid royal mausoleum), Madrasa Bir Lahjar institute, souks, the white buildings of the Hafsia quarter and more. And the Dar Othman, Dar Lasram, Dar Hussein and Dar Ben Abdallah palaces will blow you away.
Tunis New Town
Around the medina, Tunis New Town also boasts a number of important buildings. The beautiful St. Vincent de Paul Cathedral, the stunning Clock Tower and buildings from the colonial era are all well worth a look. Not far away, there’s the City of Culture complex which is home to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. You could also stop to relax in the lush, green Belvedere Park.
The blue and white town of Sidi Bou Saïd
Sidi Bou Saïd looks like a Greek village with its blue and white houses. Sidi Bou Saïd is an ancient fishing village and visitors adore its traditional architecture and relaxing atmosphere. Visit the Dar Nejma Ezzahra Palace, Dar el-Annabi museum, Café des Nattes and the local market. A unique village close to Tunis!
Head to La Goulette
La Goulette is the port of Tunis to the east of the capital. La Goulette has been really fashionable for a number of years now. It’s the ideal place to go for a meal or drink while listening to music. Many of the modern bars and restaurants boast beautiful panoramic terraces.
Relax and unwind in a Hammam
As in many countries in North Africa and Middle East, in Tunisia there are lots of places to unwind. So, it’s not hard to find a hammam offering traditional treatments to improve your well-being. Escape into a world of relaxation either at luxury hotels or small local hammams.
A brik is a small but tasty, traditional treat. Briksare similar to samosas and are made using fine sheets of brik pastry, which is similar to filo. Briks are usually filled with potato, egg and tuna. But sometimes you get meat or fish fillings.
Chorba, a kind of Oriental soup
Chorba is a popular, traditional soup that’s warm and comforting. Everyone makes it their own way, but the basic ingredients remain the same: tomatoes, chickpeas, coriander and other spices, small pieces of pasta or semolina, and chicken, lamb or beef. You can try lots of different versions of chorbawhile you’re staying in Tunis.
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