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.

The medina of Tunis

On the West of the modern center, the medina spreads its labyrinth of narrow alleys. Visitors will discover some masterpieces of Islamic arts: mosques, palaces and koranic universitise.

One usually enters the medina through the door of France (Bab el Bhar) which overlooks a small square, separating the European city from the medina and opening the way to the lively parts of this medina: the souks where visitors can find all the components of the Tunisian small business sector.

Souks are organized by jobs: souk of perfumers, souk of jewelers, souk of tailers and souk of booksellers. In case of any purchase, visitors will have to be patient enough to bargain with storekeeper, over each and every articles they wish to acquire.

The Bardo museum

In a Moresque palace, built in the XIXth century, the former residence of the beys of Tunis, the Bardo museum  welcomes one of the most beautiful Roman collections of mosaics in the world. In particular, one can see there the Triumph of Neptune, a mosaic of 137 m2. Other rooms dedicated to the prehistory, the protohistory, the Lybico-Punic art, the Christian and Muslim arts all illustrate the rich past of the country.

 

Must-visit:

In the medina The Great Mosque Ez-Zitouna,
  The souks
   Palaces
 In the city center  The avenue Habib Bourguiba with the cathedral Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
District of Bardo The Bardo museum and its collections of mosaics

City of La Marsa

City of Carthage

Surroundings