This lush family home is a typical example of Sidi Bou Saïd architecture. The visitor discovers the village's 18th century way of living throughout the various rooms, patio, and Andalusian garden. There is a gorgeous view of the village and the sea from the terrace. Admission is TD 3; a tea is served to visitors. -N.L.
The Central Market is a large covered market, located in the middle of downtown. Swarms of city-dwellers browse at the stands of meats, fish, and fruits & vegetables. Its surroundings are also full of food shops and life. If you are in the area, it will give you the opportunity to share the daily life of the people of Tunis, to grab spices and olives and to discover a building which is part of the commercial heritage of Tunis. Historically named Fondouk El Ghalla (the fruits caravanserai), it was built in 1891 and has just undergone extensive renovations. The Association de Sauvegarde de la Médina (the Association for the Preservation of the Medina) took part in the renovation of the central wooden market.
The Bardo National Museum is a haven for history buffs. Offering deep insight into the rich and intriguing history of Tunisia, the museum houses a plethora of mosaics, paintings, documents, archaeological excavations, and other artifacts. The museum is housed in a 19th-century palace and underwent major renovations in 2011. Right from the Neolithic times to the Greek, Roman, Islamic, and contemporary era, the museum has a varied collection that will leave you awestruck each time. Bardo National Museum is open to public visitation throughout the year.
The Municipal Theater of Tunis is one of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings in the capital city. The magnificent sculpted façade festooned with balconies stands right on the Bourguiba Avenue. The theater was first inaugurated in 1902. It was designed by the French architect Resplendy and is still nicknamed the Bonbonnière Resplendy. During the French Protectorate, it hosted many famous French theater stars. Visits are not allowed but this bright building hosts operas, classical music concerts, theater plays and dance shows. Information about the programming can be found in the daily newspapersLa Presse or Le Temps. N.L.
The Souk El Attarine is one of the oldest Souks of the medina, dating from the Hafside times (13th century). Its refined activity of perfume selling gave it the rare privilege to neighbor the Mosquée Zitouna (the Great Mosque of Tunis). Today, it still sells perfume extracts and henna. People come here also to find the wedding baskets that will contain all the presents (perfume, beauty products, jewelry, etc) to be offered to the bride. N.L.
Various cultural events take place at the Acropolium of Carthage, settled in the former site of the Cathedral Saint-Louis which also hosted the Pères Blancs (White Fathers) missionaries until 1956. The French built the cathedral in 1884 and it was heavily renovated and restored in 1995. The cathedral was erected in tribute to French king Louis IX or "Saint Louis" who died in Carthage in 1270 while on a quest to rally the Hafsid ruler of Tunis to the cause of the Crusades and eventually fight in Egypt. But he died from an epidemic of dysentery before carrying out those plans. This big monument (60 x 30m) is in the Moorish-Byzantine style and stands on the Colline de Byrsa (Byrsa Hill), the birthplace of the Punic Carthage. The Octobre Musical festival takes place here every year, along with concerts of different kinds of music (jazz, Tunisian music) and rotating exhibits.
The children will enjoy this 15-hectare zoological park which is located in the south-east area of the Parc du Belvédère. It primarily features African animal species. There is also an ablution room (midha in Arabic) dating from the Ottoman times which was taken from the Medina's souks. The Mediterranean vegetation lovers will also be pleased by this park and its surroundings. Entrance fee is DNT 0,3 for 2 years-old to 9 years-old kids. Opens at 8a through sunset all days except Monday.
Situated on the Mediterranean Gulf, Tunis is the capital of the Tunisian Republic and is culturally very rich. It has some of the most important music institutions in the country. Tunisian and Arabic music has succeeded in fascinating tourists and music lovers from all over the world. Apart from music, this city is also a center of performing art and culture and often hosts Tunisian operas and ballets. Other major tourist attractions in this city include Mosque of Sidi Mahrez, Mausoleum of Aziza Othman, Dar Othman and Tourbet el Bey
The opening of Cité de la Culture marked a profound change in the cultural scene of Tunis. Inaugurated in 2018 after being a work-in-progress for over 15 years, this nine-hectare space is modern and avant-garde cultural center and comprises several institutions such as theaters, opera houses, cinema halls, museums and more. This premier cultural hub attracts locals and well as tourists from far and wide.
This theater is among the most important theaters in Tunis and Tunisia.
Medina is an old quarter in Tunis which consists of over 700 palaces, castles, mosques, and buildings which date back to several centuries ago. A walk-through will lead you through a labyrinth of charming streets with vendors calling out to sell you their goods. Some cafes in Medina offer rooftop spaces that give splendid vistas of the city. A visit to Tunis is incomplete without a visit to this gorgeous old quarter which gives an insight into Arabic history.