Trying Out Tunis
Posted on August 29, 2011 by sguese
The capital of Tunisia has not only been making the news, but it is also trying to lure visitors to stay on longer rather than heading out for more attractive locales in the country. Tunis is not for everyone, but the facts are there. It is a modern, safe and pleasant base while exploring Tunisia. Here are a few reasons to give Tunis a try if its blend of Western and Eastern influences doesn’t intrigue you.
Due to the city’s location and history, you can expect a mix of cuisine. Different cultures have left their mark on the city including the Arabs and the French. Most dishes meld the two culture’s cuisines into one, forming some tasty treats.
The Bardo museum is considered to be one of the best museums in North Africa. Tunis makes it easy to explore the museum in its entirety. Also, don’t forget to check out the exterior. The Bardo is housed in a beautiful palace.
Tunis is still that old walled city many picture when they think of North Africa. The Medina presents warren-like alleys to explore, teaming with shops and artisans eager to sell you their trade. The Arabs and the Turks originally laid out Tunis’ Medina. Its tangled streets present local life, as all seem to be here selling, buying and carting their goods around.
Travellers who hire a car in Tunis can take advantage of the city’s location to the ancient city of Carthage. The site is not to be appreciated merely for its age, but also for what it contains. It still remains the most comprehensive and fascinating archaeological site in all of Tunisia.
If the nightlife of a destination speaks to you, Tunis’ Sidi Bou Saidfor is the place to be in the evening hours. Most of the city’s youth head to this neighborhood for the bars and disco scene. Even during the day, Sidi Bou Saidfor is a gorgeous Mediterranean suburb to Tunis.
Tunis’ palm lined boulevards are to be appreciated, especially Ville Nouvelle. Centered on Ave Habib Bourguiba, the wide tree-lined streets allow for strolling and people-watching. It is also riddled with cafes to park yourself at and take in the life passing along Tunis’s sidewalks.
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