Tunisia is the most northerly country in Africa, bounded on the north and east by the Mediterranean, on the west by Algeria and on the south-east, in the northern Sahara, by Libya.
It is a country of vibrant contrasts in which many travellers don't venture further than the beaches and markets. But Tunisia has so much more to offer.  Relics of former rulers dot the landscape: the remains of the mighty city-state of Carthage, Roman ruins, medieval medinas (walled cities) and elegant 19th century French colonial boulevards.  
Stunning beaches are dotted along its 1,400km (875 miles) of Mediterranean coast. To the south is the Sahara, salt lakes and alien Berber architecture which have been used as locations for Star Wars and the English Patient. In contrast, to the north forest-cloaked mountains while the Cap Bon peninsular and central Tunisia are rich in fruit trees, olive groves and vineyards.
Its capital, Tunis, is a bustling modern metropolis. However in its heart lies a medieval Medina with hundreds of narrow streets. For those that enjoy sun and sand there are the luxurious resorts of Hammamet and Nabeul with their sandy beaches and crystalline waters. Along the Mediterranean coast lie the superb resorts of Mahdia, Monastir and Port El Kantoui.
Tunisia is a country of contradictions. For those who venture further south away from the beach resorts, on the edge of the Sahara desert are interesting geographical features such as the 'forest in the desert' at Ramada, the dry salt lake at Chott el Jerid, or the remote 'end of the road' oasis at Ksar Ghilane.
Away from the mainland is the island of Djerba. Off the southeast coast in the Gulf of Gabes, this island was referred to by Homer as the island of ten thousand palm trees. It has clear seas and fine, white beaches, and is home to Tunisia's main Jewish community and therefore has its own very distinct culture. The main tourist area is in the Zone Touristique on the northeast coast. But inland, away from the resorts, is where the real Djerba can be seen with olive groves and traditional architecture.
Tunisia’s currency is the Tunisian Dinar (TND). Credit cards (mainly MasterCard and Visa) are accepted in a few places in major resorts and towns. American Express and Diners Club are accepted in few places in tourist areas. You should find access to ATMs in most towns and every tourist resort. Traveller’s cheques can be readily cashed in banks with the most convenient currencies being Euros or US Dollars.


Djerba is an island in the Gulf of Bages off the southeast coast of Tunisia, joined to the mainland by a 6km (3.6 mile) causeway build on a Roman foundation (el-Kantara). Its 133km (83 mile) coastline abounds with white-sand beaches which are gently lapped by the warm clear waters of the Mediterranean. Home to Tunisia's main Jewish community, it has its own very distinct culture.
In Greek mythology, Djerba was the home of the seductive lotus eaters. In Homer's Odyssey, Ulysses almost lost his men when the beautiful maidens of the island fed them the lotus flower. They became intoxicated by the lotus making it almost impossible for Ulysses to get them to return to their ships.
Most of the resorts are along the north coast or Zone Touristique. But it is well worth making the effort to travel further inland to see the true Djerba. It is and island covered with trees and flowers, small fields of apricots, carobs, figs, grapes, grenadines, lemons, mandarins, oranges and pomegranates. Amidst these are beautiful villages with their unique and striking white houses (menzels).  
The capital of the island is Houmt-Souk, which means market centre, and is one of the most picturesque urban centres in Tunisia. It is centred round a lively souk overflowing with traditional clothing, blankets, wrought gold and silver jewellery, leather goods, straw mats and beautiful pottery.
With its own airport and access via the car ferry from Ajim to el-Jorf, Djerba makes a stunning holiday destination or day trip if you are staying on the Tunisian mainland.
See & Do
Most people come to Djerba to enjoy the stunning beaches, the best of which are on the northeast coast. However many are privately owned by the resort hotels especially along the Zone Touristique. All hotels put on water sports for their resistance such as wind surfing, water skiing, jet skiing, pedalos, snorkelling and volleyball.
There are some public stretches of beach such as Plages des 5000 Ans (Beach of 5000 years) which lies 8km (5 miles) from Houmt Souk and Plages Municipale (Municiple beach) a little further along the coast. Quieter beaches can be found between Aghir and el-Kantara.
There are several other attractions on Djerba other than the beaches and water sports. Here are just a few sight and activities that you might enjoy.
  • Houmt Souk
  • Museum of Popular Arts, Houmt Souk
  • Synagogue of el-Ghriba, in er-Riadh
  • Folkloric Museum, Guellala
  • Potteries, Guellala
  • Midoun, the second largest town on Djerba
  • Borj el-Kebir, Houmt Souk’s fort and stronghold of the Turkish pirate, Dragut
  • Amphitheatre of Midoun, and traditional fantasia (horse show)
  • Djerba Explore, Aghir – large complex with museum of Islamic art, crocodile park, heritage zone, restaurants and shops
  • Cycling
  • Borj Jillij – 18th century fort on the coast
  • Golf
  • Snorkelling
  • Mos Eisley – set for Star Wars
Don’t go to Djerba expecting designer shopping malls and high street names because you won’t find them. The best shopping in Djerba is in the traditional setting of the souk, especially Homut Souk.
Here you will find everything from fine filigree jewellery to cuddly camels. Bargaining is the name of the game, so be prepared for a long haggle over a cup of tea. There are other shops in the souk which offer goods at fixed prices, but you’ll find they are more expensive that in the souk itself.
If you do want to find some authentic Tunisian crafts as fixed prices try Socopa on avenue Habib Bourguiba or Michèle Artet Tradition on rue des Antiquaries.
In Guella you will find a number of pottery shops and workshops and Midoun has a good market on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings.
Food & Drink
Most of the restaurants on Djerba are targeted at tourists and normally found in the hotels on the island. However there are some local restaurants in Houmt Souq and Midoun that serve traditional Tunisian food.
Tunisian food is often cooked with olive oil and spiced with coriander, cumin, cinnamon or saffron. Seafood features heavily on many menus as well as the traditional accompaniment, couscous.
You may find that the smaller restaurants don’t serve alcohol. Here are a few places you might like to try.
  • Restaurant Haroun, Le Port, Houmt Souq
  • Restaurant el Farida, Pasino de Djerba, Sidi Mahrez
  • Restaurant Guestile, 21 rue Marsa Ettoufah, Midoun
  • Blue Moon, Houmt Souq
Djerba isn’t the most happening holiday destination in the world as most of the cafés close at about 8pm so nights are fairly quiet.
However many hotels in Zone Touristique have nightclubs such as:
  • Les Arcades, Sofitel Palm Beach, Houmt Souq
  • Le Pacha, Hotel Rui Royal Garden
  • New New, Hotel Djerba Palace
  • Zanzana, Hotel Mariqueen, Zone Touristique, Midoun
  • Adonis, Hotel Maritim Yadis Djerba, Route Touristique, Midoun
  • Ciao, Sidi Bakour Beach at Plage Hotel Palais de Iles
The island of Djerba holds many delights to enthral its visitors as we have seen in the see and do section. You could hire a car to cross the causeway or use the car ferry to explore some of mainland Tunisia or you could explore more of what Djerba has to offer. Here are just a few possibilities:
  • Visit Kairouan, the spiritual capital of Tunisia
  • Cap Bon, the orchard of the country
  • The ruined hill top villages of Ksar Haddada, Guermessa and Chenini
  • Matmata, the troglodyte dwellings that featured in Star Wars
  • A visit to the Sahara
Health & Safety
You are advised not to drink the tap water on Djerba and you should always ensure you have comprehensive medical cover in place before travelling.
Although crime isn’t a huge problem, you should take care when carrying around valuables especially in crowded areas.
Hammamet, referred to as Tunisia's Saint Tropez, is to the south of Tunisia's Cap Bon peninsula, 10km (6 miles) southwest of Nabeul and 64km (40 miles) south of Tunis.
The sophisticated resort overlooks the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Hammamet and boasts a perfect 10km (6 mile) stretch of beach, ancient and exciting medina, healing mineral baths and renowned top class modern hotels.
It has come a long way since its origins as a sleepy fishing village before its potential as a holiday destination was discovered in 1920 by the Romania millionaire George Sebastian Today it has become a popular package tour destination with many of the hotels to the north and south catering for cheap package tours, while the more upmarket hotels have moved 10km (6 miles) further south to an area known as Yasmine Hammamet.
However despite the surge of modern-day tourism, Hammamet has retained its sense of exotic history dominated by its 15th century medina and souk. Tourist flock here to marvel at the labyrinth of alley ways packed with traders selling carpets, brass ornament, jewellery, pottery and leather goods. 
The main attraction here remains the stunning stretch of palm-fringed beach and inviting crystal clear sea. Coupled with glorious weather, water sports, wonderful restaurants and an exotic history, Hammamet has all the trappings of the perfect holiday destination.   
See & Do
Hammamet is very much a resort for beach lovers and sun-worshipers. However that is not to say that it doesn’t offer anything else. On the contrary, the ancient Medina is a unique draw itself and the perfect place to lose yourself within the towns history and culture. Below are just a few of the sights to see and activities to indulge in during your stay.
  • Beach
  • Water skiing
  • Snorkelling
  • Boat trips and dolphin watching
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding
  • Camel riding
  • International Culture Centre (previously Sebastian’s Villa)
  • Wind surfing
  • Jet skiing
  • Medina
  • Folklore Museum
  • Flipper Aquapark
  • Carthageland, Yasmine Hammamet (theme park inspired by Tunisia’s history)
  • Surfing
  • Blue Ice, the country’s only ice rink
  • Friguia Park, animal park
  • BARDO Museum
  • Kasbah
  • El Mouradi Hammamet – spa
  • Pupput Roman Site
  • The Great Mosque
Most of the shopping in Hammamet is to be had in the vibrant and bustling Medina. This is probably one of the most memorable parts of anyone’s trip to the area. Enjoy mingling with the locals and fellow tourists while you haggle for carpets, pottery, leather goods, jewellery and souvenirs.
There is also a daily Municipal Market on the avenue de la République which is excellent for fruit and vegetables.
If you are looking for pottery, you must visit nearby Nabeul which has countless shops and workshops in which to find your ideal piece.
If you venture further along the coast to Yasmine Hammamet you will find an altogether more exclusive shopping experience. Although it has its own modern medina, the main draw here for shopperholic and their wallets is the shopping mall with its upmarket clothing stores.
Food & Drink
Many tourists eat within their excellent hotel restaurants, however it is well worth venturing out into the resort for some local colour. You can find anything from traditional Tunisian to pizza and chips and many good restaurants are located along the avenue de la République and seafront. Here are a few places you might like to try.
  • Honolulu Beach Bar, Hammamet
  • Chez Achour, rue Ali Belhouane, Hammamet
  • Macadam, Yasmine Hammamet
  • La Scala di Milano, ave el-Aqaba, Hammamet
  • La Brise, ave de la République, Hammamet
  • Les Trois Moutons, Hammamet
  • La Bedouina, Hammamet
Specialities to look out for include couscous, Chobra (thick, creamy tomato soup), Brik (pastry filled with eggs, herbs and tuna) and Makroudh (syrup-soaked honey cake stuffed with dates). These are all fantastic especially when washed down with some local Tunisian wines. The best of these come from the Cap Bon region, especially red Mornag from Grombalia and Blanc de Blanc and Muscat from Kelibia.
Whether you want to sit and enjoy a meal or party, there is something for everything in Hammamet. Although there are many discos, bars and clubs within the hotels on the area, the nightlife isn’t confided to them. There are some great clubs and bars in the town such as:
  • Oasis
  • Calypso Club
  • Latino Club
  • Manhattan Club
  • Café Sidi Bou Hdid
  • Eurobar
If you prefer a gamble, head for Yasmina Hammamet which has its own casino.
If you want to explore more of Tunisia during your stay, many hotels are able to organise excursions for you. Here are just a few places of interest close by that you might like to visit.
  • Nabeul for its pottery
  • Cap Bon and surrounding area
  • Roman ruins of Carthage
  • Desert safaris
  • Matama troglodyte village (of Star Wars fame)
  • Dougga roman site
  • Sousse
Health & Safety
You are advised not to drink the tap water in Hammamet and you should always ensure you have comprehensive medical cover in place before travelling.
Although crime isn’t a huge problem, you should take care when carrying around valuables especially in crowded areas.
Mahdia lies in a sheltered situation on a small rocky peninsula, 1.5km (1 mile) long and barely 500m (550yds) wide, which is linked with the mainland only by a narrow strip of land.
It lies like a jewel between Sousse and Sfax with its picturesque Medina and stunning sandy beach to the north of the town. It was proclaimed the capital of Tunisia in 921 and became the headquarters for the pirates of Dargouth.
One of the greatest thrills for any traveller visiting Mahdia is actually entering the town. Passing through the 10 metre thick wall, which acts as the ‘gate to the city’, you instantly feel surrounded by history. Mehdia’s narrow streets twist and turn and unlike many other places in Tunisia, there are no large squares here, just small ones dotted here and there.
However it is these narrow streets that give Mahdia its charm. Lined with cafés and trees, the only truly open part of the town is in front of the Great Mosque.
Mahdia is Tunisia’s largest fishing port where about a third of the countries total catch is landed. Along the shore line you’ll see fishermen mending their nest whilst a few kilometres from the town, modern upmarket hotels offer visitors one of the finest beaches in Tunisia.
See & Do
Madhia is truly a place for relaxation and watching the world go by. However that is not to say that there is nothing to do here. There are several sights to take in while soaking up the atmosphere – here are a few suggestions.
  • Visit the Cap Africa lighthouse
  • Skifa el-Kahla (the Black Passage and entrance to the city)
  • Mustapha Hamza Mosque
  • Place du Caire
  • The Great Mosque
  • The Archaeological Museum
  • Fish market
  • Borj el-Kebir (city fortress)
  • Fatimid Port
  • Sailors’ Cemetery
  • Wind surfing
  • Swimming
  • Golf
  • Medina
  • Scuba diving
  • snorkelling
People don’t come to Madhia for its shopping. There are no glitzy malls or department stores here.
The town's main attraction is its fascinating old Medina. Its streets are lined with numerous shops, stalls, cafés and people. You will find everything from birdcages and carpets to hand crafted, traditional products. Haggling is definitely the name of the game here so enjoy it, it is expected.
Food & Drink
Tourism has encouraged the introduction of a smattering of international cuisines in Madhia. However there are a number of good traditional restaurants too to give a true flavour of Tunisia. Here are a few names you might like to look out for.
  • L’Espadon
  • Neptune
  • Le Lido
  • Le Quai
  • Dar Shat
Don’t forget to try the local liqueur, Boukha which is an aromatic fig brandy. However if you prefer something lighter there is always the locally brewed beer.
There is no nightlife as such in Mahdia. There are no bars or discos in the main town but you will be able to find them within the hotels.
Once you have sampled all the pleasures of the Medina and the beach you may want to look further afield to see what else this part of Tunisia has to offer. Here are just a few suggestions you may like to consider.
  • Boat or galleon trip
  • El Jem Coliseum
  • A trip into the Sahara
  • Visit the troglodyte village of Matmata
  • Sousse
Health & Safety
You are advised not to drink the tap water in Mahdia and you should always ensure you have comprehensive medical cover in place before travelling.
Although crime isn’t a huge problem, you should take care when carrying around valuables especially in crowded areas.
The popular and attractive town of Monastir is at the southernmost point of the vast Gulf of Hammamet, 30km from Port El Kantaoui and 165km southeast of Tunis.  
It seamlessly blends traditional and modern features offering tourists the peace of a small fishing harbour and the vibrancy of the small walled Medina and old Ribat.
Monastir is famous as the birth-place of ex-President Bourguiba. One of the most dominating features of the town is Bourguiba mausoleum with green and gold coloured domes adorned with gilt-tipped minaret.  
It is an excellent base for a beach holiday and offers a wide range of activities such as water sports, fishing, excursions and golf. Most of Monastir’s tourist hotels are found in Skanes, about 5 to 6km (3 to 4 miles) west of the town. The finest beaches are Skanes and Dkhila where you can enjoy many water sports.   
Whatever the time of year, you will be able to enjoy an ideal climate in which to enjoy fine sand beaches and beautiful clear seas. There is a dazzling choice of waterfront hotels and restaurants offering both international and local cuisine. So whether you are looking for a relaxing day on the beach or something more energetic, Monastir can cater for everyone offering an unforgettable Tunisian experience.
See & Do
Monastir offers travellers relaxation and history. Whether you are looking for a beach based holiday or want to soak up some of the traditions and culture, you are sure to find something to your taste. Here are a few suggestions for your visit.
  • Bourguiba’s Mausoleum
  • Lamtra Museum
  • The Ribat of Harthema
  • Monastir Museum
  • The Ribat of Monastir
  • Medina
  • Bourguiba Mosque
  • Beaches
  • Sailing
  • Wind surfing
  • Water skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Cap Marina
If you love to haggle, you’ll love shopping in Monastir. The best place to go is the souk in the old part of the city just outside the Ribat’s walls. Here you will find everything from carpets to ceramics, silver jewellery to leather goods, and from wall hangings to wooden carvings.
The best and most popular souvenirs are the pointed “babouche” slippers, embroidered gowns and hand carved olive wood.
If you prefer your shops with fixed prices, there are several outside the Medina. Or, if you have a craving for shopping, you can always head for the large Soula Shopping Centre in Sousse.
Food & Drink
Monastir has a number of good restaurants offering both traditional and international cuisine. Traditional Tunisian cooking features olive oil and spices and the national dish is Berber couscous.
Although many of the hotels offer excellent restaurants, it is worth venturing out in the old town and around the marina. Here you will find a number of wonderful places to eat where you can sample excellent food whilst soaking up the atmosphere. Here are a few of the best restaurants you might like to try.
  • The Captain, Cap Marina
  • Le Grill, Cap Marina
  • King’s, El Habib Complex
  • El Ferik, Route de la Comiche
  • Da Chraka, Old Medina Townhouse
Most of the entertainment occurs in the hotels in the resort – mainly western style bars and discos with Arabian feasts and floor shows.
The main hub for nightlife is in the neighbouring resort of Sousse (Skanes area) where there is also a casino if you fancy a flutter. Here are some of the best places to go:
  • Luna Mare – the best venue outside a hotel, along Route de l’aéroport, Skanes
  • Miami Club – Emir Palace Hotel, Route Touristique, Skanes
  • Coco Club – Tropicana Club Hotel, Dkhila
  • L’Aquarius – Kuriat Palace Hotel, Skanes
  • L’ecume de Nuit, Palm Garden Hotel, Skanes
  • Cosmos, Tropicana Club Hotel, Skanes
If you want to explore further afield during your stay in Monastir, here are a few suggested places you might like to visit:
  • A trip into the Sahara
  • Skanes
  • Sousse
  • Dkhila Beach
  • Kairouan
Health & Safety
Crime isn’t a big concern in Monastir, however you are still advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables when out and about, especially in crowded areas.
You are advised not to drink the tap water and you should always ensure you have comprehensive medical cover in place before travelling.
Port El Kantaoui
Port el-Kantaoui is on Tunisia's central coast, in the region known as the Sahel. It lies about 10km (6 miles) north of Sousse and 130km (80 miles) south of Tunis.  
Established in 1977, Port el-Kantaoui was Tunisia's first purpose-built tourist resort. Today it is one of the country's most popular destinations. Its chic exterior owes nothing to history. Rather, this report has been built to cater for up-market tourists who are looking for luxury in and stunning surroundings. It is modelled on the French Riviera's Port-Grimaud and built in an Andalucian-Moorish style around a huge marina. Its complex of hotels is surrounded by the cobblestone streets of the perfectly replicated medieval medina.
It has very little to do with Tunisia; you would be hard pushed to find any of the traditional trappings that you find in other resorts. However, it is that particular feature that attracts many people every year. 
To the north of the marina is a beautiful wide stretch of beach. Lined with hotels, most of the beach is private however there are some good public stretches too offering a wide range of water sports.     
Overlooking the waters of the Gulf of Hammamet, the town and beach are backed by acres and acres of orchards and olive groves.  Ancient it may not be, but Port El Kantaoui is still a stunning place to stay.
See & Do
There may not be a historical Medina to wander through, but Port El Kantaoui really comes into its own on the activity front. There are numerous water sports available, and of course, if you just want to take it easy, stunning beaches to enjoy.
If you want to experience a bit of traditional Tunisia, you can always hop aboard the ‘noddy train’ that ferries people the 6 miles (10km) between Port El Kantaoui and Sousse.
Here are just a few of the activities on offer:
  • Pedalos
  • Paragliding
  • Wind surfing
  • Water skiing
  • Jet skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Glass-bottom boat rides
  • Fishing trips
  • Dolphin viewing boat trips
  • Sousse
  • Golf
  • Quad biking
  • Horse riding
  • Camel riding
  • Private galleon trip
  • Tennis
  • Aqua Palace, water park
  • Zoo
  • Hannibal Park, amusement park
  • Hergola Karting Park
The water front and ‘medina’ both have numerous stores selling souvenirs such as bird cages, toy camels, potter, jewellery and carpets. However these do tend to be rather over-priced. There is a large supermarket – Magasin General – which is good for clothes and food. The town also has several small boutiques for swimwear.
If you are looking for a real Tunisian bazaar experience then you should make the shot trip to Sousse.
Food & Drink
Most tourists tend to eat in their hotels however there are several good restaurants along the marina’s waterfront. They do tend to be pricey (by Tunisian standards) but the quality of food is good.
There is a good range of dishes, international and Tunisian. The fish and seafood is particularly good. Here are just a few of the restaurants you might like to try.
  • La Daurade
  • Les Emirs
  • Le Mediteranee
If you are looking for a resort with a buzzing nightlife, then Port el Kantaoui isn’t for you. If you are looking for clubs and discos then you will have to look to the in-house entertainment in the resort’s hotels. This is where most of the entertainment can be found.
The other main source of nightlife is the bars and restaurants around the marina area where you can enjoy a fabulous meal and indulge in a drink or to while watching the world go by. Alternatively, about the only non-hotel place to hang out is the club Rediguana on the route Touristique which has international DJs performing in the main summer season. The other option is the Casino Caraibe in Sousse.
If you want to get away from the beach for a while to see what else this beautiful area of Tunisia has to offer, here are a few suggestions of nearby excursions you can take:
  • Visit Tunis
  • Carthage
  • Sidi Bou Saïd
  • Kairouan, Tuisia’s Holy City
  • Safari in the Sahara
  • Sousse, souks, 8th Century fort and Archaeological Museum
  • A Bedouin feast in the desert
Health & Safety
Crime isn’t a big concern in Port el Kantaoui, however you are still advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables when out and about, especially in crowded areas.
You are advised not to drink the tap water and you should always ensure you have comprehensive medical cover in place before travelling.
Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, is located on a strip of land between two salt lakes, the marshy Sebkha-el Sejumi to the south-west, and the shallow el-Bahira (little sea also known as Lake of Tunis), to the north-east.
Unlike the laid-back resorts along the coast, Tunis is a hustling, bustling modern city. Steel, glass and palm trees form the backdrop to streets filled with fast-moving yellow taxis.
The city takes the form of an amphitheatre, with the Kasbah (or citadel) at its highest point. Tunis is a city of two distinct quarters - the old town (Medina), built during the 7th century AD, and the Ville Nouvelle (Quartier Franc) which was built during the French occupation in 1881.
Tunis is a fascinating city where old and new co-exist happily. The domes, minarets and bustling ancient medina perfectly complimented by the broad boulevards, cafés and modern shops.
See & Do
There are numerous sights to be seen in Tunis. Although we can’t list everything, here are some of the main and most popular attractions you may like to visit during your stay:
  • Bardo Museum
  • Avenue Habib Bourguiba (the city’s man thoroughfare)
  • Medina
  • Zeytouna Mosque
  • Museum of Popular Arts
  • Dar Lasram (mansion)
  • Dar Ben Abdullah Museum
  • Dar Othman Palace
  • Sidi Qasim
  • Bab Bhar (French Gate)
  • Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul
  • Clock Tower
  • Dah Dah Happy Land Park (amusement park)
  • Grand souq des Chechias
  • Kasbah Mosque
  • National Theatre
  • Tunis Zoo
  • Ville Nouvelle
  • Belvedere Park
Shopping falls into two categories in Tunis – haggling in the Medina and fixed price shopping in the Ville Nouvelle.
For local colour and flavour the Medina is the place to go. Its winding streets are teeming with vendors selling all manner of things. Prepare to haggle if you want to get a good price. The souks tend to be dedicated to certain crafts and produce:
  • Souk el-Attarine – perfume and spices
  • Souk de la Laine – silver jewellery
  • Souk des Étoffes – fabric and clothes
  • Souk el-Trouk – tailors and antiques
  • Souk des Chéchias – traditional felt skullcaps
If you venture into Ville Nouvelle you will find an altogether more modern shopping experience with boutiques and fixed price souvenir shops. There is also the Zéphyr Shopping Mall for that ‘large shop’ shopping experience.
Food & Drink
The Medina is home to the more traditional restaurants and cafés whilst the Ville Nouvelle has more upmarket (and expensive) eateries with Tunisian, European and Mediterranean dishes on the menu.
Here are few names you may want to look out for:
·         Café de Paris Brasserie
·         Dar el-Jeld
·         Le Malouf
·         Le Rest’ô
·         Lucullus
·         Abid
·         Al-Mazar
·         Andalous
·         Café Chaoechin
·         Capitole
·         Dar Bel Hadj
·         L’Orient
·         Neptune
Nightlife in Tunis is very limited. It is mainly centred on the cafés along avenue Habib Bourguiba. In these establishments alcohol isn’t served. Bars in which alcohol is served tend to be raucous and mainly male dominated.
There are a few exceptions the best of which are:
  • Bar Jamaica, Hotel el-Hana International
  • Oscars, rue de Marseille
  • Le Beouf sur le Toit, avenue Fatouma Bourguiba, La Soukra
The cafés in Sidi Bou Said are becoming very popular as places to hang out in the evening. If you really want a nightclub though, you will need to head for the large resort hotels in La Marsat and Gammarth. Two of the best are – Hotel Plaza Corniche, rue du Maroc, La Marsat and Villa Didon, Byrsa Hill,Carthage.
Once you have finished exploring the Medina and the other sights of the city, you may want to explore more of what this area of Tunisia has to offer. Here are just a few suggestions for nearby attractions:
  • Carthage
  • Sidi Bou Said, seaside town
  • Utica, ruins of an ancient city
  • Ruins of the Roman city of Turburbo Majus
Health & Safety
You are advised not to drink the tap water and you should always ensure you have comprehensive medical cover in place before travelling.
Crime isn’t a big concern in Tunis, however you are still advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables when out and about, especially in crowded areas. 
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