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Sitting at the top of the African continent, alongside the Mediterranean Sea, Tunis is the capital of Tunisia. This vibrant city is the commercial and cultural hub of the country and is renowned for its ancient Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing over 700 monuments. With car rental in Tunis you can explore the scenic northern beach areas or the southern desert regions at your leisure.

It's your choice: Where to go in Tunis

Rent a car in Tunis to visit the historic ruins of Carthage to the east of the Lake of Tunis, where you'll discover impressive monuments dating back to the Carthaginian Empire which ran from the 7th to the 3rd centuries BC. Another stunning sight here is the Acropolium of Carthage, a former Roman Catholic Cathedral that sits atop the ancient ruins of a temple. Today, the building is used for cultural events. Not to be missed is the Medina of Tunis. With palaces, mosques, and fountains, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is loaded with historical wonders. The Amphitheatre of El Jem is another of Tunisia's most famous attractions. It is North Africa's largest colosseum and can accommodate over 30,000 spectators. Travel back in time with a visit to The National Museum of Bardo, one of the continent's largest museums presenting a range of exhibits including ancient Roman mosaics, tools used by local Berbers, and other artefacts. A short drive from the capital will take you to the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said, which is known for its striking blue and white buildings, cafes, and art shops.

Things to do in Tunis

When you rent a car in Tunis, make a trip to the port suburb of La Goulette, where you can take in the magnificent view of the ocean with a yacht tour or explore the Spanish fort and Ottoman citadel. There is also a sandy beach, perfect for soaking up the sun. Consider a visit to the stunning Dar Hussein Palace, which is home to the National Institute of Archaeology and Art. The 18th-century palace of Dar Ben Abdallah is not far away either. The palace is now home to a folk museum detailing the history and tradition of the region. The Parc du Belvédère is an wonderful place to enjoy a restful afternoon and to picnic amidst lush greenery and beautiful fountains. The Museum of Modern Art is located on the park's east side and showcases some of the finest artworks by Tunisian artists. Al-Zaytuna Mosque, meanwhile, is one of Tunisia's oldest mosques and covers over 5000 square-metres. This massive mosque consists of an elegant courtyard, a spectacular prayer hall, and a rooftop providing dazzling views of the Medina.

Important info about Tunis

Several major airlines provide direct flights to Tunis from various destinations around the globe. Tunis Carthage Airport is the country's largest airport and is well connected to other regional airports. It takes about 25 minutes to get into Tunis's city centre from Tunis Carthage Airport. Within Tunis and wider Tunisia, you'll find plenty of hotels and other accommodation options to suit your budget and taste. Located in North Africa, Tunisia is bordered by Algeria to the south-west and Libya to the south-east. The country has hot summers and cool, rainy winters. The climate of Tunisia's northern region is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea, while the climate in the south is hotter and drier due to the Sahara Desert.

Weather in Tunis
Country Tunisia
Language Arabic
Currency Tunisian dinar
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +216

Good to know

Driving in Tunisia's urban areas is generally a pleasant experience because of the well-maintained roads. Outside of the urban roads, especially in more isolated desert areas, there may be some challenges as road conditions are not as consistently good. In Tunisia, you drive on the right side of the road. The maximum speed limit is 50km/h in the city and 110km/h on motorways. To rent a car in Tunis, you must be at least 21 years old and hold a valid driver's licence. You'll find several toll roads in the country, which you'll need to pay to drive on. Wearing a seat belt is obligatory for all passengers in a car. The use of handheld mobile phones while driving is prohibited. Make sure to carry all documents related to car registration and insurance in your vehicle while driving in the city.

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What to taste in Tunis

Thanks to the abundance of fresh local produce and seafood, Tunis is known for its diverse culinary culture. Brik à l'oeuf is one of the most popular Tunisian dishes that you'll find on many restaurant menus. Pastry is stuffed with tuna, parsley, and coriander, and then fried. The dish is served with a little fresh lemon juice. Couscous, or kosksi, is a quintessential local delicacy, and can be made many different ways. The couscous is typically cooked in a special double boiler along with vegetables like courgettes, potatoes, tomatoes, and chicken or lamb. Lablabi is a stew-like dish that's a staple of Tunisian cuisine. It's made of chickpeas and flavoured with olive oil, lemon juice, harissa, and cumin.

What to bring to your friends from Tunis

Tunis offers a wide range of interesting and unique souvenirs that you can bring home for your friends. From brightly designed ceramics and carpets, to perfumes, and jewellery, the souks and medinas of the city are filled with endless delights. Available in various shapes and designs, beautifully designed ceramic plates make fantastic gifts and will certainly add an exotic feel to any interior. A hand-carved wooden chess board is a great work of intricate craftsmanship and can make a memorable souvenir. Or consider purchasing a pair of Tunisian Balgha. Not only are these traditional leather slippers very comfortable but they are rather stylish too. For your foodie friend, grab a bottle of Rob date syrup. This organic date syrup is loaded with nutritional power and is used as a traditional remedy against dry skin and hair loss.