Welcome to Tunis
Near the southwest end of Lake Qarun, this tiny village is all about bougainvillea tumbling over high stone walls that hide curvaceous mudbrick villas built in the style of Hassan Fathy, Egypt's most influential modern architect. Tunis has been a getaway for Cairene artists and intellectuals since the 1970s, and it’s also well known as a pottery centre with a handful of independent potters' studios found within its squiggle of quiet lanes. It's a peaceful and laid-back place to while away a few days, and a good base for exploring the greater Fayoum area. The village holds an annual festival in early November for pottery and crafts.