Vibrant and exotic, the city of Tunis is the capital of Tunisia, the North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert. A major business and government centre, Tunis is woven with large lakes – creating a calm, laid-back atmosphere – and features at its heart a centuries-old Medina with lively souks. The country’s long, rocky coastline is dotted with resort towns and tiny coastal villages benefitting from perfect Mediterranean weather, beautiful beaches, and fascinating archeological sites representing over 3,000 years of civilization.
Medina and Souks
Step back in time to visit the UNESCO-protected Medina of Tunis, dating to the 4th century BC. Extending over 270 hectares (667 acres), it houses about 700 historic monuments, including palaces, mosques and souks for shopping.
Bardo National Museum
Set within a 15th-century palace, the Bardo traces the history of Tunisia over several millennia and civilizations. View one of the world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics, as well as marble statues representing gods and emperors.
Avenue Habib Bourguiba
Inspired by the design of the Champs-Élysées, Tunis’ main street forms the true heart of the city. The avenue features many shops, cafés and restaurants, starting just beyond Bad Bhar and ending at the landmark Clock Tower.
Beautiful and historic, the city’s oldest mosque contains 160 authentic columns brought originally from the ruins of the ancient city of Carthage. The mosque was once the very first university in the Muslim Arab world.
Set around an old village harbour, La Goulette now features one of the finest and most modern cruise terminals in the Mediterranean. It’s also known as the home town of actress Claudia Cardinale. Explore the charming shops and cafés.
The Residence Golf Course
Play one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Mediterranean. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, this 18-hole course is set between the sea and a salt lake, at the heart of a nature reserve where migrating birds and wildlife abound.
Four Seasons is just a five-minute drive from the new Port Marina de Gammarth development, a new community featuring high-end residences and a large marina where you can charter boats for daytime cruises of the Mediterranean coast.
A posh vacation area since the 19th century, La Marsa features lavish palaces and homes in a seaside landscape of rocky cliffs, pine forests and orange groves. Be sure to visit the Saf-Saf Café, named “the world’s most beautiful café” by Le Monde.
Sidi Bou Said
Perched atop a steep cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, this picturesque all-white village resembles Santorini in Greece. Explore the labyrinth of winding cobbled streets lined with art galleries, shops and cafés.
Ruins of Carthage
One of the ancient world’s most powerful cities, Carthage was founded in 814 BC. Visit the park-like ruins of this seaside city, including the monumental Antonine Baths, as well as artefacts on display at the Carthage Museum.
Acropolium of Carthage
Sitting on a hilltop, this former cathedral was built in 1890 atop the ruins of an old temple dedicated to the Punic god of healing. The temple may still be accessed from the basement. Today, the Acropolium hosts public events and concerts.