Serving as Tunisia’s capital, Tunis is an eclectic city characterised by a rich mixture of architectural brilliance and authentic charm. Discover a maze of alleyways and winding lanes when you visit the city’s medina whose history dates back to the 9th century. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the medina is home to innumerable sites of interest including madrasas, fountains, palaces and mosques; making it the ideal spot for meandering. For those interested in seeing signs of Tunis’ more recent past, the Ville Nouvelle (New Town) is testament to the French influence of yesteryear. Here one can find (or rather cannot miss) the impressive Avenue Habib Bourguiba – often dubbed ‘The Tunisian Champs-Élysées’. At 196 feet wide it is difficult to overlook this magnificent thoroughfare; a largely pedestrianized boulevard lined with trees, shops and cafes. Besides countless opportunities for picking up some traditional spices or finding unique gifts, the city boasts lovely recreational spaces for enjoy the summer afternoons in peace. Belvedere Park is the largest park, covering over 100 hectares. Complete with a zoo and art gallery, Belvedere Park is a favourite with families looking to enjoy the serenity of the endless green space; lovingly dubbed ‘The Lungs of Tunis’. Cool off in the midday heat by choosing a nice shaded spot in the park that overlooks Lake Tunis. For those raring to delve into the rich culture of the city why not take yourselves off to one of the several museums. The Bardo National Museum is a must for fans of Roman mosaics since here you can come close to one of the greatest collections in the world.
If humid and heavy summers are not your thing, steer clear of traveling to this resort during the months of July and August when temperatures are set to be the highest of the year. Opt instead for April to June or September to October to catch the city’s more pleasant atmospheres.
Tunis is typically a walking city. With twisting labyrinths of narrow lanes and sprawling boulevards perfect for window shopping, the best way to go about exploring this fascinating city is on foot. Furthermore, you may even find that setting off on foot gives you more freedom than a car could offer – enabling you to meander through different alleyways and parks all day to your heart’s content!