Tunis is the capital of the African country of Tunisia. Situated on the northeast coastal area of the country.
Data obtained from Tunis weather station
Tunis has roots that lie deep in the history of civilisation, highlighted by the fact that the ancient city of Carthage is one of Tunis' suburbs.
Carthage was an ancient enemy of the Roman Empire and it is easy to see why from its geographical position. The Carthaginian Empire included famous protagonists such as Hannibal, but the Third Punic War would see the downfall of Carthage and much of its recorded history, which was destroyed by the Romans. The ruins are now just a few miles from the centre of Tunis and one of the main attractions for tourists in the area.
Modern Tunis is centred on the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, which could easily be mistaken for any European capital. The high rise Africa Hotel is a good place from which to get your bearings as it is visible from most parts of the generally low-lying city. The tree lined-boulevard is home to the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral of Saint Vincent de Paul. The main avenue slopes gently towards the Lake of Tunis so it is a fair climb on a hot day.
The temperatures in Tunis tend to hover just over the 30 degree mark in the midsummer months, but as with most cities by the sea the climate is somewhat tempered by a cooling Mediterranean breeze.
At the start of the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, there is the impressive Bab El Bhar gate and next to this you will find the Zaytuna Mosque. Heading into the old quarter of town, shoppers tend to like the medina for its slightly more laidback vibe - in the medina you will find sites like Tunis' Great Mosque and the vast Kasbah Square.
Perhaps the most prevalent attraction in Tunis is the Bardo Museum, which was originally a 13th century palace but is now home to some of the most fantastic mosaics in the region.
Tunisia has very few major cities, so Tunis takes pride of place as a metropolitan area, an economic hub and a political heartland. Tunisia has a huge tourist industry and many visitors to the country will enjoy excursions to the capital.
Last updated: 14 March 2014