What to see in Tunis in one day

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Martí Micolau
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Tunisia suggests a summer sun and sea holiday or an adventurous experience in the heart of the desert.

Tunis, its capital, offers really interesting attractions and thanks to his strategic position it is perfect for exploring sites such as El Jem, Carthage, Keirouan and Sidi Bou Said.

The city can be divided into 2 large areas: to the west the oldest district where the Medina, and to the east, the more modern district, the so-called Ville nouvelle, which looks very similar to any major European city.

The most important monuments are concentrated in the historic center, and for this the city is easy to visit on foot.
The attractions to see in Tunis are not so many, a long weekend would be ideal.
However, if you only have one day available (perhaps improvising a day trip during a seaside holiday), we have selected for you the most beautiful things to do and see in Tunis in an itinerary. Here's what to see in Tunis in one day!



Index

  1. One day itinerary in Tunis: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Tunis: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Tunis: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Tunis: Morning

1 - Monument Place de la Kasbah, Place du Governement, Mosque of the Kasbah

Start with one breakfast from Café Chaouachine (€ 2,00) and reach Monument Place de la Kasbah, large airy square surrounded by government buildings, flowers, palm trees and fountains. Everywhere the red flags of the country fly and, looking around, you notice a architectural mix which mixes the oriental-Arabian style and that of French derivation.

On one side of the square the very high minaret (the tallest in the city) of the Kasbah Mosque, Unfortunately not accessible to non-Muslims.



2 - Mausoleum and Mosque of Sidi Youssef, Rue du Pacha and Rue de Hafsia

In 2 minutes on foot, taking Rue Sidi Ben Zied, you will find yourself in front of the Sidi Youssef complex which includes the Mosque and the Mausoleum, the latter, easily identifiable by the roof covered with emerald green tiles.

With a walk of 800 meters through Rue Sidi Ben Arous you will find yourself in Rue de Hafsia, the former Jewish quarter once degraded but now brought back to life.

At the end of the street, turn into Rue du Pacha, the most picturesque street, with a high photographic impact. Follow it calmly, pausing to admire, and immortalize, brightly colored shutters and doors (mostly blue) and decorated in typical Arabian style. The most finely decorated door at number 29 is worth noting.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 20 min
  • Places visited: Monument Place de la Kasbah (free), Place du Governement (free), Mosque of the Kasbah (free), Mausoleum and Mosque of Sidi Youssef (free), Rue de Hafsia Rue du Pacha (free)
  • Where to have breakfast: Café Chaouachine, Get Directions

One day itinerary in Tunis: Afternoon

1 - Al-Zaytuna Mosque (Great Mosque)

Now enter the Medina, the heart of the city and have lunch in one of the most characteristic places, the Cafè M'Rabet (€ 12,00) where you can taste typical dishes in a room with traditional furnishings or on the panoramic terrace on the upper floor.

Continue to the al-Zaytuna Mosque, the Great Mosque. Dating back to the th century, the majestic building is unfortunately inaccessible to non-Muslims. The only parts that can be admired are: the long external gallery which, on the eastern side, flanks Rue Jemaa Zitouna and the beautiful minaret 44 meters high.



2 - Souk El Attarine, Soul el Trouk, Dar el Bey panoramic terrace

Now that you are in the Medina you can not help but stroll, without haste, through the various souks.

The Medina is very large and has over 20 souks; to optimize times we recommend the Souk el Troc, the Turkish-derived market and the Souk el Attarine, one of the oldest and dedicated to perfumes (oils, essences, soaps, incense, waxes etc ...).

In the Medina there are many clubs, cafes and craft shops, spread over 2 floors, which have panoramic terraces from which to admire the medina from above and, above all, the courtyard and the arcade of the great mosque.

The sellers and owners of these places are very kind and welcoming, they warmly invite you to access their terraces and (strange but true) they don't ask for anything! Therefore accept without fear of being persistently annoyed and tailed.
In addition to the view, these terraces are very beautiful as they are decorated with colorful tiles.

Among the many, we recommend the terrace of the Dar el Bey carpet shop, once the sultan's residence whose bed can still be admired.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 550 meters / 7 min
  • Places visited: Al-Zaytuna Mosque (free), Medina (free), Souk el Attarine (free), Souk el Trouk (free), terrace dar el Bey (free)
  • Tunis: Medina Guided Walking Tour
  • Where to have lunch: Cafè M'Rabet, Get directions

One day itinerary in Tunis: Evening

1 - Place de la Victoire, Bab el Bahr, Cathedral, Avenue France, Dinner

Once out of the Medina you will find yourself in Victory Square at the center of which it dominates Bab el Bahr, imposing gate built on the model of the Parisian Arc de Triomphe which symbolically marks the division between the old part of Tunis and the Ville Nouvelle.

Walk along Avenue France and admire the cathedral catholic with the 2 twin towers and the liberty style buildings which follow one another (first of all the Hotel Majestic and the Municipal Theater).

Have dinner at Le Carnot Cafe-Brasserie, at the French Institute (€ 12,00).



2 - Habib Bourguiba Avenue, Clock Tower

After dinner, continue walking on the central avenue of modern Tunis which, about halfway, it becomes Habib Bourguiba Avenue. And reach out its symbol: the clock tower with a fountain in front of it that is illuminated in the evening with spectacular plays of light.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 18 min
  • Places visited: Place de la Victoire (free), Bab el Bahr (free), Cathedral (free), Avenue France (free), Habiba Bourguiba Avenue (free), Clock Tower (free)
  • Where to dine: Le Carnot Cafè-Brasserie, Get Directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Best time: the ideal season is spring: temperatures are mild and the risk of rain is very low. The temperatures are not too high yet so it turns pleasantly.
  • the local airport is Tunis-Carthage, 7 km from the center and connected by taxi. Attention: taxis offer a flat rate of € 20,00, but with the taximeter the route costs about € 3,50. Private transfer is also available (€ 12,00) - Flights to Tunis from € 119,00 -
  • Getting around: means of transport are cheap, consider an average of € 0,13 for both the bus ticket and the metro. Taxis are cheap. The price must always be negotiated but even better if you ask to start the taximeter. You will save!
  • What to pack: lightweight, comfortable clothing. Keep a sweatshirt or sweater handy for the evening.
  • Documents: valid passport.
  • Currency: Tunisian dinar 1 TND = € 0,32

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Bardo Museum
  2. Three Madrase: del Palmizio, Bachia and Slimania
  3. Municipal market
  4. Carthage
  5. Sidi Bou Said

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