Tourist information about the city of Tunis

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General information about Tunis

Сент Винсент де Пол, Тунис St. Vincent de Paul, Tunis

Tunis (Tunis) – the capital of the state of Tunisia. Located in the North-East of the country, off the coast of the Mediterranean sea (see Tunis map Tunisia). Directly from the Mediterranean sea that separates the lake of Tunis (El Bahira), located between the city itself and the Tunisian Gulf, facing the sea.

Tunis is the largest among Tunisian cities, its area is of 131.3 km2. In the capital there are 28 suburbs, the most famous of these is Carthage (ancient city), Gammarth (suitable for families), Sidi Bou said (beautiful city!). But the capital itself is divided into 15 districts with a population of over 2 million people (with suburbs).

Tunisia is an important political, cultural and commercial center of the country. There are textile, chemical, cement, food processing and Metalworking industries. In addition, it is the main tourist center of the country. Because of the lack of gorgeous beaches, the city is visited mainly to experience the culture and religion of the country, sightseeing. Most tours include a visit to the capital.

Near downtown is the international airport Tunis-Carthage and also a major sea port with well developed transport network. Wide network of public transport is represented by metro lines, buses, trains, taxis. Because of this, Tunisia is a convenient starting point for travel around the country and the individual resorts.

The history of the capital is inextricably linked with the history of Carthage. The first mention of Tunisia dated to the IV century BC In the II century BC this territory is inhabited by Berbers and Numidia. After the fall of Carthage (146 BC) the rule of the country passed to the Roman Empire, was destroyed and Tunisia. In the I and II centuries ad, it was rebuilt by order of Augustus (the Roman Emperor). In the surviving cards is expensive that time the city was mentioned under the name of Thuni. The main occupation of residents was agriculture, and the city becomes a transit point for trade. Then it was owned by the Arabs and in the period XII-XIII centuries, thanks to them, it became an important military and strategic center in the Western part of the Mediterranean sea. During the reign of the Arab dynasty Agapitov – the city became the second largest in the country. From the XII to the XVI centuries became one of the largest cities in the country. During this period, Tunisia was alternately in possession of the Berbers, the French, pirates, Spaniards, and Turks.

At the beginning of the XVIII century, when the dynasty Huseynov the city began to develop as a center of trade. The result of the naval defeat of the British and the French, their presence has a big impact on the local economy. From 1881 to 1956, the capital was under the protectorate of France. The city developed and grew, Europeans represented nearly half of the population, and settled in the New town, the local residents lived on the site of the Old city. Their influence led to the development of construction, transport and industry. In 1956 Tunisia gained independence.

Thanks to the rich history of Tunisia has absorbed the culture of many peoples. There are mosques, synagogues, Orthodox and Catholic churches, museums, mausoleums, palaces, Medina, parks and theatres. From must to inspect siteslocated near the capital is the famous Carthage, and blue Sidi Bou said.

The city itself is divided into two parts: the New town (Ville Nouvelle) and the Old town (Medina). For the modern New city is characterized with spacious avenues, office buildings, boutiques and shops, hotels. The Medina of Tunis is listed in the world heritage list of UNESCO in 1979 for Its flavor, countless narrow alleys and passages and an active trade – of course, will not leave anyone indifferent.

Weather in Tunis, seasons

Climatic conditions for the city of Tunis, a generally favorable year round. Comfortable time to visit the capital of spring (March-may), when the temperature starts rising and varies from 10 to 19C, precipitation is still possible, but rare, and autumn (October-November) - the temperature drops to 15C, sometimes cloudy. The hottest time of the summer (June – September) - the air is heated from 27 to 40C, night does not drop below 20C. In winter (December-February) the weather is quite cool and rainy, the day temperature is 12C at night to 7C. In the winter-spring-autumn period it is recommended to bring warm clothes.

Seasons in Tunis by months*

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* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

Tunisian hotels, where to stay

For budget and independent travellers, it is best to stay near the Medina or directly in it. In the search engines is hotels difficult to find budget accommodation in the capital. However, already in place, within the Medina is quite possible to find a hotel for 10-20 Tunisian Dinar (refer to the currency of Tunisia, the exchange rate). There are hotels in the new city, but much more expensive, albeit higher level.

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Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Natalia D. 26 August, 2018
And I went to Tunisia this year for the second time. Last year was on the island of Djerba, this year in Hammamet. Both times very much! If last year enjoyed the beauty of the island, the service and hospitality of the hotel, this time came to Hammamet, budget three. Yes, the hotel is different from the 4 and 5 key but we deliberately chose this hotel. What a wonderful tour, beautiful sea, clean beach. The attitude towards us, Russian is very friendly. All the Tunisians we smile and say how like Russian. I'm surprised reading previous reviews. Do not know can be due to the fact that we were friendly disposed, and therefore to us as the same...the Animators of the hotel was very upset when we left, helped us with our Luggage, took photos for memory, some left their contacts. No one touched, not abused, was not theft. The guests loved it!!! ...
Zlata August 30, 2018
All kind time of day!
Went this year in August.
Liked it very much. Yes, there are disadvantages. But tell me, where doesn't?! If you look for only the negatives, they can gather a whole bunch in any country.
What of the downsides? Garbage. Yes, he's everywhere. But it doesn't smell bad, as some write, it is scattered with plastic bottles, bags, paper. Here, however, and all the disadvantages.
As for the local population. So blame yourself. How You feel about them, and they to You. The backlash has not been canceled. So want to have You warmly and friendly greeted, be nice to them. Tunisians are hospitable, welcoming and friendly. There was not a single case of even evil and look in our direction. So, as the saying goes: "If face is crooked...." Read Krylov. Moreover, quite interesting to talk to. I will say a few greetings in their language, and they simply melt away, ready to help You with everything.
Everywhere you can meet the police, so security don't worry.
What to see in the country? There are a couple of good excursions:
1. Day trips to Carthage, Sidi Bou said, Tunis (the capital);
2. Two days into the Sahara, the Colosseum, Kairouan, an oasis of Chebika, salt marshes.
I recommend very beautiful pictures are obtained, and the information informative.
So, friends, do not look for the negative, that is enough in our hard life in Russia. Rest with pleasure and bring only positive emotions.
Good luck! ...
EdDDgAR August 30, 2018
Stay in principle bad can not be, and to learn something new is also very круто0 ...
Александр20082018 16 September, 2018
Vacationing in Tunisia in August, cockroaches in the room caught 2 times and 2 times on on the doors in the room about ants and aseret I vopsche silent. Lived in a Bungalow Aqua Park Spa 4ka . The Russians really don't like pesnite yourself that you are second grade. Will suit the Germans, the Europeans and automatically you are already standing behind them, and they serve out of turn. Went to Monastir and really quite messy, no wonder so many flies, who eat together from the same plate. In monastire us ran tunisis learn that we are Russian began to tell me how and where to go and where prices are cheaper, adding that Russian tourists 60% and if not they Tunisia would come kirdyk. This is the only Tunisian who was interested in Russian) . Yes, the tour is divided into foreigners and Russians together with the Baltic States. Impressions of the country are not unambiguous. But there is more than just not going. In Russian they understand when you want to. ...
Nadezhda Nikolaevna Sep 18, 2018
Hi all! Vacationing in Tunisia in Hammamet in September this year,the 4 star hotel Mirage.Think the rest will get what he wants.Settled immediately upon arrival without regard to the country,the staff is very friendly,all smiles,tried to talk,I ask how are you,like here or not.Was on 2 day trips in the Sahara.That's impressive.Drove almost throughout Tunisia,was a great guide,learned a lot.About the dirt guide also made explanations-the country is beginning to live again.By the way,yesterday went on the train to Paveletsky station.So on the way we saw so many abandoned debris that Tunisia never dreamed of.Take a look around,we, too, not all smooth and clean.And Tunisia the beautiful sea,the Sahara,with clean hotels and ordinary people,who also earn money in any way they can:sell,clean ,cook in hotels.By the way,the food was tasty and varied.A lot of fruit. ...
greekorn 19 September, 2018
Dear fellow citizens, always you will be treated the way you deserve))) Arrived in Tunisia alone, I went to the Gare de Tunis (railway station), and when I realized that at 8 PM in Sousse I can't go back (though I do not understand why), went on Stasen de luazh (on the bus) where just over 10 dinars very quickly left, got in 2 hours)) Roam on any streets, at any time and many people come to chat, say like Russia, constantly shouting "Russia" "Moscow" Saint-Petersburg" and the like))) Local cops in the amount of 4pcs, standing near his car in the square at night when nobody is around and there is no longer, waving, beckoning, well-chatted with them, laughed and I went to sleep with the road) And when you ambition and eternally disgruntled face something to ask or even appear anywhere and behave with people prinebrezhitelno and like a servant, it certainly would be awful for you, and everywhere))) And I want to say - sit at home or out in the countryside drove on vacation)) ...
Valena 17 October, 2018

Here I agree completely! Golden words! ...
Annarelli 8 August, 2019
Good afternoon.
Tunisia is an interesting country, and strange for our culture. As always there is a lot of positive , there are negative. But for the rest it is not mikroshemka of mold in the room to do, and try to relax, someone like seal on the beach, someone backpack behind and places of interest. There were kids last year in hotel Thapsus mahdija of the hotel is stated as a 3*, I liked everything and the sea and the hotel and catering and excursions planned, I do not like organized tours. This year we're going to the Sahara beach and I hope too it will be perfect. Did not notice the neglect of Russian, if you behave properly, then you will have the same attitude. ...
Swallow 7 December, 2019

There is something in Tunisia children to watch? Type zoos, aquariums, and other prikolyuh? Or purely cultural heritage are for adults? Children are small and tours are obviously not for them. ...
admin 7 December, 2019

Basically as far as I know such entertainment is only within individual complexes, and so separately, do not recall. Of course to take advantage of the on-site hotels, you need to live there, not allowed. ...