Tunis' main attractions are its medina, mosques, the souk and its narrow and colourful streets. However you can also get to the pleasant beaches in less than half an hour, and to discover the unmissable sites of the north coast such as the village of Sidi Bou Said
, solely renowned for its traditional architecture, its studded wooden doors and its charming Moorish cafes. You must also visit the Carthagian ruins
for their setting and their contemporaneous major cultural importance.
Even though the Medina of Tunis gives the impression of a true maze, you can quickly fix it by walking through the minaret of the Great Mosque situated in the centre. The small streets and the covered passageways are all around. You usually move forward by following the flow of pedestrians, because the streets are fairly narrow. It is a pleasure to move among sacks of spices, displays of fabrics, leather cushions and ceramics. You will be tempted by so many objects!
In the medina, you can rest a while at the minaret of the Great Mosque (or mosque of Jamaa ez Zitouna), which is found at the centre of the covered streets. To get a panoramic view of the old city, ask for access to the terrace of one of the souk's boutiques.
Still in the medina, for lunch or dinner at a good table, remember two addresses: the Dar El Jeld located in the street of the same name, and Dar Bel Hadj, on the street of the Tamis. Both restaurants provide a stylish ambiance and fine food at rates which are quite reasonable.
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