Tunis is the capital of and the largest city in Tunisia. Once you step into this Mediterranean city, a picture of a modern city will welcome you. The sight of banks, hotels, conference halls, gardens, cafes, and chic boutiques will remind you of modern day living.
Despite its being modernized, Tunis has never lost its charm. The Tunisian capital remains the Casbah or citadel composed of narrow streets leading to the hilltop, which seems to give tourists a glimpse of another world. On top of the hill stand two breathtaking structures: the old palace of the Bey of Tunis and the Big Mosque.
The city prides itself on ancient mosques, palaces, and trade centers. If you plan to spend a holiday vacation in Tunis, never leave the city without visiting the following architectural wonders: Dar El Jeld, Dar Ben Abdullah, Dar El Haddad, Dar Hussein, and Dar Othman. These structures, which used to be residences of wealthy ministers and traders, are now the homes of government offices, cultural centers, and restaurants.
Found at the heart of Medina (city) is the Mosque of the Olive Tree or Ez Zitouna, which is as old as the town itself. For centuries, Ez Zitouna (rebuilt in the 9th century) had been the urban center in the Arab city where various trades took place. The hint of such old tradition is still evident with the old garment shops, the Souk of the Perfumes, and the spice and almond vendors lining up along the walls of Ez Zitouna.
Another must-see along the suburbs of Tunis is the Bardo Museum that houses a huge collection of mosaics.
The souvenir shops along the small winding streets are teeming with antiques, carpets, jewelries, and pottery. The stuff there may not catch your fancy, but if you’re on the lookout for bargain finds, you can buy herbs, spices, and T-shirts at affordable prices.