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The capital city of this North African gem is Tunisia's largest city and stretches along the coastal plains and surrounding hills of the Gulf of Tunis. Steeped in a rich and fascinating history, Tunis is home to the famous Roman ruins of Carthage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular tourist attraction, dating back to the fourth century BC. Tunis has witnessed the passage of the Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Turks, Spanish and French over the last 3,000 years. Other attractions in the city include the National Museum of Bardo which tells the stories of Tunisia's history from the Phoenicians right through to modern-day times, while the old Medina in the centre of Tunis co-exists with the modern architecture of the new city (Ville Nouvelle), linked by labyrinths of alleys and covered passages infused throughout by the magical aromas, vibrant colours and sounds of bustling souks. The modern city of Tunis is located just through the Sea Gate which has remained unchanged since it was erected in 1848 and is also known as the Bab el Bahr,where the Champs- Élysées of Tunisia - the grand Avenue Habib Bourguiba - crosses through the middle. Colonial architecture can be found here illustrating the history of this culturally diverse and historic city. The spicy foods and flavours of local dishes may blow the socks of some tourists, but to others, the fragrant heat of the fiery red chilli paste known as harissais an essential accompaniment to ones' Tunis experience while the Tunisian coffee, much like the Turkish variety, is world-renowned for its rich flavours and energising properties.

Information & Facts


Tunis experiences a warm Mediterranean climate with two distinct seasons; a hot and dry period running from May to September and a cold and wet season from October to April. Winter is the coldest time of the year in Tunis with heavy rainfall and temperatures dropping to 6°C (43°F), while summer months experience an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day. The hottest months are from June through August when average daytime highs can climb as high as 40°C (104°F) and thankfully the sea breezes off the Mediterranean Sea tend to alleviate the heat.


The overwhelming majority of people in Tunisia speak Arabic and French. English is taught in all schools and is increasingly spoken especially by younger people. Some German and Italian is also spoken.


The unit of currency is the Tunisian dinar (TND), divided into 1, 000 millimes. Travellers cheques are widely accepted. Banks and some hotels provide foreign exchange. ATMs are found in most towns and at all the tourist resorts; almost all will accept Visa cards and many will also accept Maestro (Switch) cards. Visa, Diners Club, American Express and MasterCard are accepted for payment in souvenir shops, upmarket hotels and restaurants, although Visa encounters the least problems. All Tunisian currency must be exchanged before departure.


Local time in Tunisia is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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