Those lip-smacking, taste-bud-tingling sensations will be alive from the moment you check in at your hotel in Tunis...
Just as tantalising as the food are the attractions of this enchanting North African city, where ancient treasures, lively markets and curving beaches vie for your attention.
The capital of Tunisia sits on the Gulf of Tunis and is surrounded by lakes and ancient suburbs such as Carthage. Before heading out though, take the time to discover the best bits of this bustling city, from the cliff-top village of Sidi Bou Said and the beaches of La Marsa, to the mosques, markets and museums of the centre.
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Hotels in Tunis come in a variety of shapes and sizes and cater for a wide clientele base...
Business travellers and well-heeled visitors stay in the city's luxury hotels, which are often large and fairly modern, while travellers on a budget check in to chain hotels and often charming independent Tunis hotels.
Whether budget, mid-range or five-star, the majority of hotels in Tunis are located in the city centre and in the old part of town, the Medina – both of which offer easy access to most of Tunis's historical attractions, but car hire is available if you prefer. A number of the well-known brands are also in town, with French companies such as Novotel, Ibis, Golden Tulip and Concorde the main players.
For beach retreats, meanwhile, you should consider looking for hotels in La Marsa, which benefits from good public transport links into the centre of Tunis.
Temperatures and visitor numbers peak in July and August, when the city can become unbearably hot, making beach hotels hugely popular. The winter months are cooler (average highs of 14C) and wetter, though, so expect to find hotel bargains between December and February.
Just remember that Tunisia is a Muslim country and some hotels will not serve alcohol as a result, so check before booking if this is important to you. It is also sensible to cover up when out and about, although strict dress codes are relaxed at the beaches.
There’s much to see and do in Tunis besides spending long lazy days at the water’s edge…
Top five attractions
This is the city's Old Town district and is packed with hundreds of ancient monuments.
National Museum of Bardo
Archaeology fans will enjoy this excellent museum, which is home to one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world.
Sidi Bou Said
Indulge your creative side with a visit to the artistic heart of Tunis where almost every house is painted white and blue.
This is the modern part of Tunis; it's a total contrast to the adjoining Medina.
It is hard to visualise this suburb of Tunis as the centre of the mighty Carthagean Empire, but the numerous relics found here tell a different story.
A surprising mix of annual events graces the calendar in Tunis. These are just a few of the best…
International Carthage Festival; July: James Brown and Ray Charles are just two of the big names to have graced stages at this festival, which also includes ballet, theatre and dance.
Nights of El Marsa; August: Cool off by the sea at these evening concerts of Arabic music. An array of traditional and not-so-traditional snacks is available on the way to the beach.
Medina Festival; October/November: Religious festivities relating to Ramadan are given an international flavour with film shows, music and street parties at this unique festival.