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Things to do in Tunis

Tunis is a city with historical mosques and fragrant markets

Tunis is the capital of Tunisia, a country located in North Africa along the Mediterranean coast. The country is small and has not had the extreme influx of tourists that its neighbors have experienced. Because of this, it is a hidden gem in North Africa and is the perfect place for a quiet and relaxing holiday.

 

Things to do in Tunis

Once in Tunis, you will find yourself astounded with gorgeous architecture, exotic marketplaces or souks, and beautiful minarets. Because it is a coastal city, there are several beachside places to eat, drink, and relax in the sunshine. In other words, you don’t have to worry about not finding things to do in Tunis while you are on holiday in this beautiful city.

 

Desert Adventures

The Tunisian desert is a magnificent expanse of rolling sands under glittering starlight. Take a trip out to the desert and spend an evening or two camping for an unforgettable experience.

 

The Tunis zoo

The Tunis zoo is also a great place to go for the day to see some beautiful African flora and fauna.

 

Medina – The old city

In the city, the old part of town is known as the medina, which means “city” in Arabic, and is the location of the great mosque in Tunis. There are also several palaces and other attractions in the medina, as well as excellent accommodations that most visitors choose to stay at for their holidays.

 

Tunis Nightlife

There are several bars and clubs in Tunis and the nightlife is usually vibrant and exciting.

 

When to go to Tunis

Tunis has hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. The summer season occurs from May to October and has a scorching average temperature of 17-47°C (62.6-116.6°F). If you plan on visiting during the summer, be prepared for an extra dose of sunshine and bring protective clothing and sunscreen. In winter, the average temperature ranges from 7°C (45°F) to 16°C (61°F). The winter season in Tunis is the rainiest time of the year, followed by the spring season which receives occasional rainfall.

 

Ramadan

The Muslim month of Ramadan is a time of religious fasting and prayer. It is based on the lunar calendar so the dates change every year. Make sure to know whether or not your visit falls during Ramadan so that you can respect the cultural and religious traditions that take place during that time.

 

Things to do in Tunis

Tunis Facts

Population651 183
CountryTunisia
LanguageArabic
CurrencyTunisian Dinar
Longitude10.183333
Latitude36.8
AirportCarthage, Tunisia (TUN)

Tunis average temperatures

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
15~16 °C 16~17 °C 19 °C 21 °C 22~25 °C 26~29 °C 29~33 °C 30~33 °C 28~30 °C 24~26 °C 20~21 °C 16~18 °C

UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tunis - Archaeological Site of Carthage

The city of Carthage was founded by the Phoenicians and during Roman times it was the capital of the African province. Later on, Paleochristian and Arab vestiges have also been found, making Carthage a cultural diffusion and mixing point and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the top attraction of this site, the impressive ancient roman baths ruins are a must visit, and apart from the history they carry the scenery is beautiful.

Dougga / Thugga

The magnificent remains of the city of Dougga are located 2 hours away from Tunis by car. It is thought to have been founded before the 5th century BC in the very fertile valley of Oued Khalled, and in the last century BC it became part of the Roman province of Africa Nova. Dougga is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its importance as a witness of the development of an indigenous city into a Roman town. These spectacular Roman ruins are some of the best in North Africa, with very well preserved theatre and main temple.

Medina of Tunis

The medina of Tunis was one of the first Arabo-Muslim towns in North Africa and also one of the wealthiest in the Islamic world between the 12th and 16th centuries. Later, between the 16th and 19th centuries, the city was filled with several palaces, mosques and madrasas. The medina of Tunis is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the central medina and the northern and southern suburbs. The more than 700 historic monuments comprised include the Zitouna Mosque or the beautiful Dar-Hussein palace.

Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis

The Punic town of Kerkuane, located 80 km from Tunis, is said to have been abandoned during the First Punic War. Given that no Roman city was built on top of its ruins, contrary to what happened to Carthage or Byblos, Kerkuane has conserved its architecture since around the 3rd century BC. As an exceptional witness to Phoenician-Punic town planning, Kerkuane is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with its necropolis, Arg el Ghazouani, a great example of Punic funerary architecture.

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MARATHON

Marathon International Comar de la Ville de Tunis

Marathon International Comar de la Ville de Tunis is an annual event appreciated by runners of all different ages! Apart from a full marathon you can also choose to run a half-marathon or a 9K race instead. Now wouldn’t it be cool to run in the beautiful city of Tunis!

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GOLF

Golf in Tunis

There are two 18 hole courses in Tunis, both located near the Mediterranean sea. The Residence Tunis is located in an idyllic nature preserve between the sea and a salt lake and offers spectacular views. The courses is flat and can get windy since it is very open without many trees to frame it, which make for a varied difficulty level depending on the weather. Golf de Carthage is the other course in Tunis, also giving you amazing scenery. As you play you will run across orange, mandarin and lemon trees as well as old eucalyptus trees and olive groves. It is a colorful course, and a great one for both professionals as well as amateurs. Make sure to not miss these beautiful courses, even if you are just going for a walk.

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