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Top Choice Area in Sfax

Sfax Medina

Surrounded by ancient crenulated walls that could have been filched from a child's toy castle, this tourist-tat-free zone hasn't been prettified for visitors. The main narrow thoroughfares bustle with everyday comme…
Top Choice Synagogue in Jerba

El-Ghriba

The most important synagogue on Jerba and the oldest in North Africa is signposted 1km south of Erriadh, 7km south of Houmt Souq. Blank from the outside, the interior is an exquisite combination of glowing blue tile…
Top Choice Plantation in Tozeur

Palmeraie

This enormous green space has over 200,000 date palms, as well as fig and pomegranate trees and canopied garden holdings. It's best explored by foot or bicycle (ask at your hotel for recommended bike hire). Calèches…
Top Choice Tunisian in Tunis

Café Culturel El Ali

This is indeed a cultured hideaway, with atmospheric wood-beamed ceilings, a library, sofas and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Zaytouna Mosque. Charming staff serve up citronnade (fresh lemonade, TD4.5) with almo…
Top Choice Mausoleum in Le Kef

Zaouia of Sidi Boumakhlouf

Below the kasbah sits this enchanting 17th-century Sufi mausoleum, with a brilliantly tiled interior and narrow tower. The guardian, gorgeous Madame Zemourda, is a descendant of one of the occupants; call and she wi…
Top Choice Barbecue in Sfax

Saffoud Abid

This wonderfully authentic medina favourite is where shoppers come for lamb brochette lunches, the meat grilled to order in an ashy pit. Opposite, their (nameless) seafood place serves heaping plates of octopus stew…
Arts & Crafts in Hammamet

Fella

Sophia Loren, Umm Kolthum, Grace Kelly and Greta Garbo have all floated around in Fella at some point. The boutique has immaculate handmade Tunisian dresses, jewellery and bits and pieces. A nice fouta (cotton beach…
Seafood in Bizerte

Le Sport Nautique

Established for the French colonial elite back in 1928, this highly regarded restaurant offers delightful views of the marina from its breezy terrace. You select the fish you'd like from a trolley wheeled elegantly …
Architectural in Hammamet

International Culture Centre

Hammamet's International Culture Centre is the ultimate party house. It's a mansion designed and built by Romanian millionaire George Sebastian from 1920 to 1932. Frank Lloyd Wright said it was one of the most beaut…
Museum in Carthage

Musée de Carthage

At the Musée de Carthage, housed in the former French cathedral seminary, the ground floor features some fine 5th-century AD mosaics featuring lots of peachy bottoms; a Roman sculpture of a boozy Silenus and Ma…