Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Dougga

Dougga

Arguably the most magnificent Roman site in Africa, Dougga’s ancient remains – a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997 – are startlingly complete, giving a beguiling glimpse of how well-heeled Romans lived,...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Uthina

Uthina

On the cultivated amber slopes of Mt Mekrima, the fascinating but little-visited ruins of ancient Uthina are the remains of one of the Roman Empire's oldest cities in Africa. Not much is known about Uthina, but...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Sbeitla

Sufetula

Sufetula

One of North Africa's best-preserved ancient Roman cities, Sufetula is awash with temples, monumental arches and bath complexes that speak of an ancient civilisation that knew how to live. Much is still unknown...

Top ChoiceCafe in Takrouna

Le Rocher Bleu

Aida Gmach Bellagha, whose family hailed from Takrouna, moved from Tunis to embark on an ambitious project to cultivate interest in local Berber heritage, resulting in this beautiful, cosy cafe and the Dar Gmach...

Archaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Thuburbo Majus

Thuburbo Majus

Surrounded by shimmering wheat fields and olive groves like those that made its fortune, Thuburbo Majus has a prosperous air even in its ruinous state. In the 2nd century, this Roman colony for war veterans had...

Archaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Ammaedara

Ammaedara

The remote border village of Haidra is the site of ancient Ammaedara, once a Roman legionary outpost. It’s a wonderfully evocative place, and the atmosphere is especially magical as the sun slowly sets behind the...

Mountain in Central Tunisia

Jugurtha's Table

Jugurtha's Table

This spectacular flat-topped mountain (1271m) rises almost vertically from the surrounding plains. Its sheer, impregnable walls make it a superb natural fortress and, indeed, the mountain bears the name of the...

Cafe in Le Kef

Café Bou Makhlouf

Café Bou Makhlouf

With its coffee tables and Berber mats trickling down the stairs in front of Zaouiet Sidi Bou Makhlouf, this cafe couldn't be in a more wonderfully picturesque location. It’s a female-friendly place, and you can...

Tomb in Zaghouan

Zaouia of Sidi Ali Azouz

Zaouia of Sidi Ali Azouz

Zaghouan's architectural highlight is this tomb complex dedicated to the city patron of Tunis, which has a green fish-scale dome and, inside, superb tiled walls, colourful stained glass and intricately carved...

Archaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Makthar

Makthar

Once the most prosperous Roman city in this area, ancient Mactaris has lain in ruins since it was devastated by invading Arab tribes in 1050 AD. Before this, the town changed hands so many times that its history...

Ruins in Central Tunisia

Kbor Klib

Kbor Klib

Standing in a farmer's field in remote central Tunisia, the mysterious ruined stone walls of Kbor Klib don't look like much, but they've been intriguing researchers for years. No one knows who built the structure...

Historic Building in Central Tunisia

Ksour Toual Zammel

Ksour Toual Zammel

This odd, pencil-shaped monument, similar in shape to the pre-Roman mausoleum at Dougga, towers over a wind-blown wheat field and is practically ignored by the few passing motorists. There's no signage to tell...

Archaeological Site in Zaghouan

Temple des Eaux

Temple des Eaux

It's not a temple as such, but this semi-circular structure, built under Hadrian, is a monument to the mountain-spring source that kept Carthage watered. The ancient fountain is surrounded by arched niches that...

Mosque in Testour

Great Mosque

Great Mosque

The most fascinating features of this curious mosque can be found on its 23m-high minaret, which looks like it could have been moved from the Iberian peninsula. It's one of the few minarets in the world with a...

Cemetery in Central Tunisia

Enfidaville War Cemetery

Enfidaville War Cemetery

These sombre, immaculately kept grounds are the final resting place of 1551 Commonwealth soldiers who were killed fighting the Axis powers in Tunisia during WWII. The campaign started in November 1942 when Allied...

Ruins in Central Tunisia

Ksar Lemsa

Ksar Lemsa

This 6th-century Byzantine fortress is remarkably well preserved, with most of all four of its corner towers still standing, complete with arrow slits and protected by 7m-high stone walls. It's especially...

Mausoleum in Le Kef

Zaouiet Sidi Bou Makhlouf

Zaouiet Sidi Bou Makhlouf

At the top of the stairs from the plaza under the kasbah, this enchanting 17th-century Sufi mausoleum is a tiny treasure behind a usually locked door. Its brilliantly tiled and sculpted stucco interior is the...

Cheese in Testour

Jebali Formaggi

This tiny hole-in-the-wall shop makes for a surprisingly wonderful pit stop for stocking up on gourmet Italian cheeses for a picnic at Dougga or in Testour's town square. The friendly staff will let you sample...

Museum in Takrouna

Dar Gmach

Dar Gmach

Next door to Le Rocher Bleu cafe, this tiny two-room museum in a traditional house showcases artefacts of local Berber heritage, personally and lovingly curated by Aida Gmach Bellagha, who left Tunis to get back...

Fortress in Le Kef

Kasbah

Kasbah

Le Kef's main attraction can be spotted from nearly everywhere around the city. A stronghold of some sort has occupied this site since the 5th century BC. There's not much to see inside, but the fortress boasts...