Located on the Mediterranean coast, the beautiful city of Tunis is the capital of Tunisia. The city is known by its historic heart Medina, built in the early twentieth century.
Due to its 20th century history, the country uses French and Arabic. This is very helpful as all signs/notices/menus are shown in Latin letters as well as Arabic font. An understanding of French is therefore a great advantage.
The old city
The 8th-century Arab Medina is the Tunis’s historic and symbolic heart. Here you enter a tangled maze of narrow streets with giant keyhole-shaped doors, scattering cats, artisans’ workshops and swarming souqs. All lanes, however twisted, eventually lead to the Great Mosque.
The Medina of Tunis is the historic heart of Tunis, considered as one of the best preserved Arab-Muslim cities, and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1979.
The new city
The laid-back capital of Tunis also has two distinct urban-planning personalities. The new city, created by French colonials in the 19th century, is an orderly European grid, with wrought-iron balconies, cafes and patisseries bordering the boulevards.
Its main drag, palm-lined ave Habib Bourguiba, is prime territory for promenading, coffee drinking, gossiping and idly watching the passing human traffic.
Avenue Habib Bourguiba is the main artery of the city and it houses great monuments like France Embassy and Municipal Theatre. The animation is in full swing around cinemas, shops and cafés including Café de Paris which is one of the busiest.