Tunis is truly a city of wonder. From resplendent beaches, rich culture, and rolling hills to a plethora of ancient monasteries and historical sites to discover. There is so much unmissable attractions to see and indulge, so much Mediterranean atmosphere to soak up, Tunis has something for everyone. Whether you’re driving through or taking your time to see the whole city, the capital of Tunisia has much to offer its visitors. Here’s our list of top-rated and must-see tourist attractions in Tunis, Tunisia.
Bardo National Museum
A museum known for its richness of its collections, situated in the suburbs of Le Bardo. The Bardo National Museum is a museum of Tunis, Tunisia, dates as far back as the 13th century, has the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics. The museum is one of the must see places when visiting Tunis which holds various works of art pottery and statues. It also holds a lovely memorial for those who lost their lives during a terrorist attack at the museum back 2015. One of the most important museums in the Mediterranean region, a historic attraction that is not to be missed.
The Kasbah Mosque is a listed Historical Monument in the capital of Tunisia. One of the most popular landmarks in the city of Tunis which goes as far back as 1235. Built by architect Ali Mohamed Bin Kacem by the orders of Abu Zakariya Yahya, founder of Hafsid dynasty. It is open to tourists for sightseeing and a prayer call to prayer at the mosque is signalled by a white flag.
This is the oldest mosque in Tunis of about 5000 square meters and nine different entrances. Located in the Medina (old city). Very impressive, this mosque is very famous in the Tunisian history, the design fits the locality. It is the first Islamic university in the world, and one of the many tourist attractions in the Tunis. Truly worth a visit for anyone planning to travel to Tunis.
Address: 30 Rue Jamaa Ez Zitouna, Tunis, Tunisia
Baths of Antoninus
This is one of the most important landmarks in Tunis, Tunisia as a whole which attracts thousands of tourists annually. Very nice archaeological spot with Roman themes, the only remaining Thermae of Carthage that dates back to the Roman Empire’s era. Surrounded by beautiful plants and palm trees at the entrance. The colossal structure has a beautiful view of the sea and the mountains in the distance. Nice historical place and unmissable attraction in the capital of Tunisia.
Address: Impasse des Thermes d’Antonin, Site archéologique de Carthage 2016, Tunisia
Carthage National Museum
This magnificent museum founded in 1875 is one of the main archaeological museums in Tunis which has a collection of items from the Punic era. The museum also has collections of various interesting finds such as weaponry, jewelry, tombs, funeral masks and much more. Best place to spend a day if you interested in history of Roman and soak up amazing piece of world history.
A most famous park in Tunisia, offering a great green escaping to locals and tourists at the heart of the capital. Spacious park offering guests trails for walking and biking as well as athletic courts and a zoo. Houses various animals such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and many others. Great place for animal lovers and for couples for that matter.
Address: Ave Mustapha Khaznadar, Tunis, Tunisia
This beautiful attraction in Tunis was built in the year 1754 by Hassan Ali as an Islamic school back in the days. One of the monuments of the Ottoman era in the medina of Tunis. Very peaceful and serene which lies away from the noise of the overcrowded city. This madrasa is an attraction in Tunis that is not to be missed.
This is a beautiful large mansion which used to belong to the Lasram family back in the 18thc. It later got allocated to the Association for the protection of the Medina of Tunisia in 1967. The large traditional Tunisian residence construction lasted between 1812 to 1819 and is today one of the many historical attractions of Tunis.
Address: 84 Rue du Pacha, Tunis, Tunisia
This magnificent building which is dated as far back as the 18th century is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the city of Tunis which attracts lots of tourists annually. It was bought by Youssef Sahib in the 19th century and was later made the headquarters for the office of the National Institute of heritage.
Beach Adventures at Sidi Bou Said
A trip to Tunis would not be complete without sorting after some of its prime beach destinations. The town of Sidi Bou Said in northern Tunisia is a stretch of blue and white. Situated about 20 km from the capital, Tunis – offering visitors with the warmest waters you’ll hope to find in Tunisia. This destination is easily one of the prettiest spots in the country. Take a walk and enjoy unobstructed views of the beautiful sweeping bay. And explore the Arabian nights around this coastline!
Dar Ben Abdallah
This is a palace built by Mohamed El Bradai in the 18th century in the southern district of the Medina of Tunisia city. It was later purchased by the Tunisian office of arts in 1964 and was transformed into an arts and traditions museum which now holds various rich artefacts with detailed explanations.
Medina of Sousse
There is nothing better than a day trip outside the capital city. The Medina of Sousse is a stunning historical monument in the heart of old town Sousse near the beautiful Medina. Designated by the UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1988. This historical architecture encompasses a Kasbah, fortifications and the Great Mosque of Sousse. Giving guest very good views from the top of ribat, as well as amazing views over the city and harbour. There’s much information about the place and the history of it. Well worth a visit for some great cultural experience. Beware of locals that will hassle you.
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