Tunis is the capital of Tunisia and is located on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a compact city, with a population of less than 700,000, and is easily explored on foot. The city has many ancient buildings and a captivating mix of North African and French architecture.
The ancient city of Carthage is just outside of Tunis and has some of the most impressive Roman ruins outside of Rome itself.
Tunis has lots of ancient sites and they can all be accessed using one very reasonable admission ticket, which costs TND10.
The souq in the ancient medina of Tunis sells all manner of goods, from spices to fashion. It is probably one of the most relaxed in North Africa but is still an authentic, working market.
Belvedere Park is home to the National Center for Living Art, a zoo, and the Lake of Tunis, making for a relaxing escape from the city.
This is the largest mosque in Tunisia and dates from the 8th century. Tourists can view this important landmark from a platform for TND3.
Tunis has a hot Mediterranean climate and summer temperatures can top 116 degrees Fahrenheit. Late fall through to early spring may be more comfortable for visitors.
Tunis-Carthage Airport (TUN) is only 5 miles from the city center and has good links with Europe. A taxi into the city center will cost around TND5. The number 35 bus will take you into town for just TND0.76 but takes around 30 minutes.
Tunis Central Station on Place de Barcelone is at the center of Tunisia's rail network, with good connections to the country's other cities.
Driving in Tunisia is not recommended for tourists. Roads are fairly poor, signage difficult, and local driving habits can be challenging.
Tunis is at the hub of more than 70 bus lines covering the country. The main stations are at Gare Bab el Fellah and Gare Bab Saadoun.
The Grand Hotel de France on Rue Hannibal has good, clean rooms at decent prices, while Dar El Medina is a luxury hotel right in the center of the medina.
Medina - this is Tunis' old town and is home to the souq and ancient mosque. Its maze of narrow streets requires careful orienteering but has bags of character.
Ville Nouvelle - Ville Nouvelle is the French Colonial new town, with broad avenues and most of the better hotels.
Hammamet - this is a beach resort just outside of the city. It can be easily reached in around one hour in a shared taxi, at a cost of around TND5. Here you will find lots of resort hotels.
Tunis has an extensive public transport network, including trams, subway, and TGM light rail system. Tickets start at TND0.41.
Taxis have an initial meter cost of TND0.40 and then cost around TND3.7 per mile.
Driving in Tunis can be daunting, due to confusing driving habits and intermittent road signage. Car rental costs from around TND385 per day, and you'll find outlets of Sixt and Avis in town.
The souq in the medina is the most exciting place to shop for local goods, where you can buy anything from spice to electronics.
Tunis has a couple of French supermarkets in Carrefour and Monoprix. A quart of will cost around TND1.13 and a loaf of bread just TND0.32.
Atlas le Resto serves good local food, such as iftar and fish soup, from TND9.50. Dar el Jeld serves more upmarket Tunisian food in a beautiful covered courtyard, with mains from TND20.