Tunis is a fabulous introduction to the wildly divergent layers that make up modern Tunisia. The medina's organic tangle of souqs, squares, mosques and shuttered town houses is surrounded by the straight, colonial lines of the Ville Nouvelle. 'French' Tunis centres on Ave Habib Bourguiba, a wide, tree-lined street made famous by the scenes of Jasmine Revolution protest; its crowds are now again made up of shoppers and cafe-goers. Apart from the medina, Tunis' main attractions are outside the city proper; they include the wonderful Bardo Museum. For beach outings, interesting shops and nighttime fun, join the young and well-to-do in the gorgeous northern suburbs.
Best places to stay in Tunis
Vanishing history: the most intriguing lost cities
War, weather, cosmic intervention or simply a case of purpose served…nothing lasts forever. We go exploring some of the world's most intriguing lost cities. 1. Skara Brae, Scotland More a village than a city, this prehistoric set of ruins in Orkney is of a small farming settlement over 5000 years old.
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Tunisia’s vanguard hotels
There may have been a lot less competition for a Hammamet sun lounger this summer – in the unstable wake of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, visitor numbers have been reported as least half of 2010's seven million.
Tunisia: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Tunisia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip. There’s little travel writing on Tunisia in English, but what there is often captures a particular epoch, provides fascinating cultural insights, and is hugely entertaining.