What is the best area to stay in Tunisia?
If your next vacation or business destination is the city of Tunis, Best Locations Hotel, we recommend you stay in La Medina , the best area of Tunisia to enjoy a stay full of history and tradition in the best style of the Thousand and One Nights.
The city of Tunis, the most populated of the country, is the center of political and administrative activities of Tunisia and where industrial and economic activity is developed.To the east of the city, is the Medina, the ancient area of Tunis, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, with about 700 historic buildings including mosques, palaces, madrasas and mausoleums. Among its narrow streets and covered passages, travelers can enjoy a variety of bazaars and shops with typical crafts and a wide variety of options for eating and shopping. It is a safe area full of the best charm of the city, just minutes from the New Town and the famous Belvédère Park.
The best area to stay and get to know the Tunisian lifestyle is the Medina, the labyrinthine heart of the city.
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The Medina, the best area to stay in Tunisia
The city of Tunis is located north of the Republic of the same name, towards the gulf and borders on Lake Tunis.It is linked to the port of La Goleta (La Goulette in French). In the east of the city, is the Medina, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 for representing a perfect model of Arab urban civilization, a landscape full of history of the eighteenth century. It is the heart of Tunisia and its architecture can be seen about 700 monuments, madrasas, mosques, mausoleums and palaces.
The Medina is surrounded by walls, many of which were destroyed in the 19th century, which communicate with the outside through gates, of which remains such as those of Bab Jedid and Bab Bhar have been preserved.It is built on a hill that descends to the Behira Lagoon or Lake Tunis, it is recommended to find a map of the area to avoid getting lost among its streets that look like a maze.Also by asking you can reach Rome, as they say, and people are very friendly, so you can approach the locals to find some directions and iconic places of La Medina.
One of the main tourist attractions is the Great Mosque Ez-Zitouna or Olive Tree Mosque, the largest and most venerated shrine in Tunisia.This mosque, founded around 723, was reconstructed in the 9th century and is the heart of the Medina, as everything is arranged around it. It is known for housing one of the first and largest universities in the history of Islam. Tourists can also see the madrasas, buildings designed to accommodate students, with accommodation, classrooms and a room for prayer. Its architecture denotes simplicity and in the Medina you can visit the Mouradia Madrasa.Among the most visited palaces is the Dar Ben Abdallah Palace, which has been transformed into the Museum of Arts and Traditions of Tunisia and shows the lifestyle of the Tunisian bourgeoisie in the 19th century: gold embroidered dresses, jewelry with inlaid stones, everyday objects, tea consumption.The Dar Hussein Palace, on the other hand, is the headquarters of the National Heritage Institute (INP), which shows an architectural style with Andalusian, Turkish and Italian influences.another historical attraction is the Royal Mausoleum Tourbet El Bey, a huge tomb that holds the remains of kings, princesses, ministers and advisors.
But not everything is history in La Medina, you can also find the famous Arab markets known as souks, where there are merchants and craftsmen who sell everything you can imagine, in the surroundings of the Great Mosque, there is the El Attarine souk, built in the early eighteenth century.It is very attractive because of its stalls from another era, which show a large number of bottles of essences and perfumes. From there, you can also reach two other souks. The first one, borders the western side of the Great Mosque, the souk El Kmach, known for selling fabrics and the second, the souk El Birka, which brings together embroiderers and jewelers.It is recommended to spend a day breathing in the Tunisian tradition in the souks, its multiple offer of products and its gastronomy in cafés and typical restaurants, and remember that in the souks you should be on the lookout for pickpockets.
To escape from the hectic city life, travellers can find the Belvédère Park, an extraordinary space for relaxation, just a few minutes from La Medina.Located on a hill, it offers different points from where you can contemplate the beauty of the city, with a wide variety of trees and a zoo with animals from different continents. In the park you can also visit the Koubba (dome), a building from the 17th century, which is very attractive due to its ribbed dome, galleries, columns, multicoloured stained glass, Tunisian ceramics on the walls and much more.
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Other areas to stay
For travelers who prefer modernity, Tunisia also offers other areas to stay.
The area known as Ciudad Nueva or Villa Nueva (Nouvelle Villese), contrasts with the tradition of the old town.It is located right next to the Medina, a few minutes away, and is characterized by its skyscrapers and modern buildings.This avenue, also called the Tunisian Champs-Élysées, is its main tourist attraction because it is full of shops, cafés, restaurants and avant-garde architecture, where the city’s nightlife develops and where concerts, festivals and plays are held.
Lafayette is the central district of Tunis and occupies the northern part of the Habib Bourguiba avenue.It is bordered by the popular neighborhood of Bab El Khadra, Avenue Mohamed V, Avenue Habib Bourguiba and the neighborhood of Mutuelleville. Among its main tourist attractions are the Great Synagogue of Tunis and the Thameur Habib public garden, built in the old Jewish cemetery.