Top ChoiceMedina in Medina

Medina

Medina

This sprawling maze of ancient streets and alleyways is one of the most impressive medieval medinas in North Africa and one of Tunisia's great treasures. It's home to numerous covered souqs selling everything...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Tunis

Bardo Museum

Bardo Museum

The main draw at the Tunisia's top museum is its magnificent collection of Roman mosaics. These provide a vibrant and fascinating portrait of ancient North African life. Also here is some equally magnificent...

Top ChoiceMarket in Centre Ville

Marché Centrale

Tunisian food markets offer a great introduction to local culture, and Tunis' Marché Centrale is particularly atmospheric. The original market building dates from 1891 and the halls behind are later additions....

Top ChoiceSouq in Medina

Souq des Chechias

Souq des Chechias

A medina highlight, this hugely atmospheric souq is filled with exquisitely decorated shops producing and selling chechias, Tunisia's traditional blood-red felt caps. In the 17th century, when this souq was...

Archaeological Site in Carthage

Antonine Baths

Antonine Baths

The Romans chose a sublime seaside setting for this monumental terme (bath complex), a short walk downhill from the Roman villas. Begun under Hadrian and finished in the 2nd century AD under Antoninus, it was the...

Museum in Sidi Bou Saïd

Dar Ennejma Ezzahra

Built between 1912 and 1922 for French-born Baron Rodolphe d’Erlanger and his Italian-American wife Elizabetta, this palace residence is an exhilarating mix of Modernist architecture and traditional Maghrebi and...

Archaeological Site in Carthage

Sanctuary of Tophet

Originally dedicated to the deities Baal Hammon and Tanit, this Carthaginian sacrificial site and burial ground is dotted with stubby stelae engraved with simple geometric shapes and symbols. When the site was...

Archaeological Site in Carthage

Byrsa Hill

In Punic times, Byrsa Hill was occupied by a temple to the Carthaginian god Eschmoun. The Romans destroyed most of the Punic structures – all that remains is a small, well-preserved section of a residential...

Museum in Carthage

Carthage Museum

Sitting on the crest of Byrsa Hill and housed in an early-20th-century building that once functioned as a Catholic seminary, this museum is one of the major draws of the Carthage site, but was closed for a major...

Mausoleum in Medina

Tourbet El Bey

This building has the green fish-scale domes typical of Ottoman mausoleums. Inside is an intricate mix of tiles and stucco built during Ali Pasha II’s reign (1758–82). Many subsequent Husseinite beys, princesses,...

Mosque in Medina

Zitouna Mosque

Zitouna Mosque

Located in the heart of Tunis' medina, this important mosque was founded in 734 and built on a site once occupied by a church. It was totally rebuilt in the 9th century and restored many times over the centuries,...

Architecture in Medina

Dar Lasram

Dar Lasram

Once home to the Lasram family, who provided the beys with scribes, this magnificent building dates from the early 19th century and was one of the first historic mansions restored under the auspices of the...

Architecture in Medina

Dar Othman

This building was constructed for Othman Dey in the late 16th century. His business – piracy – was obviously lucrative, and he also happened to be Governor of Tunis from 1593 until his death in 1610. The palace...

Souq in Medina

Souq des Étoffes

Running behind the Zitouna Mosque, the Souq des Étoffes (Fabric Souq) is the geographical heart of the medina's main mercantile enclave, leading to the Souq des Femmes (Women's Souq) and on to Rue Tourbet El Bey....

Architecture in Medina

Dar Hussein

Constructed in the late 18th century and rebuilt a century later, this handsome palace has functioned as a private residence, as the headquarters of the Tunis municipal council and as the base of the French army...

Public Art in Centre Ville

Pont de la République Street Art

In 2016, local street artists including Abdelmejid Ben Messaoud, Khalil Gouiaâ, Mourad Harbaoui, Brahim Azzabi, Samir Fitouri, Abdelmonem Sehili, Walid Zouari and Jamel Abdennasser used some of the pylons of this...

Beach in La Marsa

La Marsa Beach

La Marsa Beach

Join the local crowds flocking to this urban beach to escape the summer heat with a dip in the clear waters of the Med. In colder months, the sand becomes a playground for fishermen, footballers and romantics...

Gallery in Sidi Bou Saïd

Ghaya Gallery

Ghaya Gallery

Head up the exterior staircase to visit this impressive commercial gallery close to the train station in Sidi Bou Saïd. It gives contemporary Tunisian artists the chance to show their work in individual and group...

Archaeological Site in Carthage

La Malga Cisterns

La Malga Cisterns

The restored and extremely impressive remnants of the huge 2nd-century-AD cisterns that housed Roman Carthage’s water supply are located at the foot of Byrsa Hill. The original complex was nearly 1km long and fed...

Cemetery in Carthage

North Africa American Cemetery

Around 750m along the road from La Malga Cisterns, a striking forest of white crosses bears testament to the Americans killed in North Africa during WWII. There are 2841 neatly ordered graves at the cemetery and...