Planning a getaway from stress and work? Find new places without having to go looking for them: Swide takes charge with a pocket guide of top 5 places to see in…Tunisia.
Top destinations for a weekend in Tunisia
Capital of the Tunisian Republic and the country’s largest city is located on the Mediterranean Gulf. The centre of the city is dominated by the medina, while the suburb of Carthage (which stands as an attraction all by itself), is one of many interesting areas you can visit from here such as La Marsa and Sidi Bou Said. Stick to centre of Tunis, anyway, to experience a medina that includes more than 700 monuments and serves more than 100,000 people daily. Among the many interesting sites visit The Great Mosquethe ; Aghlabid Ez-Zitouna Mosque (“Mosque of the Olive”), and the Dar-al-Bey, or Bey’s Palace. Stay at the beautiful luxury hotel The Residence.
Its origin traces back to the Punic wars (the three wars held between Rome and Carthage during the 3rd – 2nd Century B.C.) although its history is murky as its records were destroyed by the Romans at the end of the Third Punic War. Today it’s one of the most stunning archaeological UNESCO heritage sites. Visit the ancient Roman Baths, the Chartaginian Ruins, the Roman Theatre and the Punic Port.
A small town in North-Central Tunisia, its oldest traces are Punic as well. Visiting it brings you back to those times. Many temples are dedicated to barbarian gods as the city was occupied by the Vandals during the Late Empire, when the city declined before rising again with the arrival of the Byzantines. For Roman ruins, visit the Triumphal Arch of the Tetrarchy, the Forum, the Gate of Antoninus and the three temples. Byzantine ruins include the church of Vitalis, the Church of Servus and the chapel of Jucundus.
One of the oldest cities in Tunisia, it has a medina, where all the most important monuments are located. Visit the Great Mosque, the Mosaic Museum, the Traditional Tunisian House and the Catacombs. Visit the Port and just enjoy the atmosphere. Eat at Restaurant Libo by the port. If you feel like taking a trip outside Sousse, the Roman Amphitheatre in El Jem South of Sousse is worth a visit.
An important Islamic centre, the city is seen as the cultural capital. The main attraction is the Great Mosque of Sidi-Uqba, a stunning structure that still mostly consists of its original materials, almost all salvaged from the ruins of Carthage. Visit also the Mosque of Barber, the Mosque of the Three Gates, the Mosque of Ansar and the Mosque Al Bey and don’t miss the souk in the medina quarter.
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