Surroundings

On the way to or coming back  from Sidi Bou Saïd, visiting the seaside town of la Marsa is a must. using some other road, history enthousiasts can reach the famous Carthage. Finally, the visit to Tunis, the capital city, allows to measure the dynamics in which Tunisia finds itself since the "jasmine revolution ".

«When a stranger comes to La Marsa, everything tells him he is coming closer to the home of some Oriental sovereign. There is much animation around the palace :coaches of noble people, pulled by pricy horses or mules, driven by black people in oriental livery, officers, generals on horseback, servants of the prince, Moors in full regalia ; European consuls in their cars, foreigners, travelers, caravans of Arabs, Maltese, Jews ; or camels, muleters and teams of all kinds, who comes and go from Tunis to La Marsa.»

Notice sur la Régence de Tunis – Henri Dunant – 1858

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Capital since the XIIIth century, Tunis is the political, economic and cultural center of the country. The " Greater Tunis " includes about 23 % of the country's population. The modern city of Tunis is set around the Habib Bourguiba avenue and around the avenue de France, respectively compared to the Champs-Elysées and to the rue de Rivoli in Paris, lined with cafés and with luxury stores. True "international crossroads", modern and traditional Tunisia mix harmoniously there.

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"Carthago delenda est ...", Carthage must be destroyed. Today, one can visit the historical remains of the Punic city, destroyed by the Roman armies exhorted by the repetition of this formula attributed to Caton.

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