Tunis is the capital and largest city of Tunisia, a country in the northern Africa. It sits along Lake Tunis, just inland from the Mediterranean Sea’s Gulf of Tunis. it became the national capital of Tunisia when independence was achieved in 1956.
Agriculture remains a major source of income. Olives and cereals are the principal crops grown, and olive oil and foodstuffs are processed.Tourism is of particular economic importance. Al-?Uwaynah International Airport and the International Airport of Tunis-Carthage are located northeast of the city.
Arabic is the official language, and most natives speak a dialect of Tunisian Arabic. Modern Standard Arabic is taught in schools. For currency they use the Tunisian dinar. Which rates at 1 Tunisian dinar = 0.36 USD. Once you arrive in Tunisia, British pounds will readily be accepted for exchange, as will euros and US dollars. Most other currencies are exchangeable too, but not as widely.
In Tunis, the summers are short, hot, humid, dry, and clear and the winters are long, cold, windy, and partly cloudy. The hot season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 17 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The cool season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 24 to March 24, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F.
Here are some top attraction sites you should not miss while you are at Tunis :
- The Bardo National Museum. It is a museum of Tunis, Tunisia, located in the suburbs of Le Bardo. It is one of the most important museums in the Mediterranean region and the second museum of the African continent after the Egyptian Museum of Cairo by richness of its collections.
- Dougga. Also known as Thugga or TBGG was a Berber, Punic and Roman settlement near present-day Téboursouk in northern Tunisia. The current archaeological site covers 65 hectares. UNESCO qualified Dougga as a World Heritage Site in 1997, believing that it represents "the best-preserved Roman small town in North Africa".
- The Amphitheatre of El Jem. It is an oval amphitheatre in the modern-day city of El Djem, Tunisia, formerly Thysdrus in the Roman province of Africa. It is listed by UNESCO since 1979 as a World Heritage Site.
- Byrsa Hill. It was a walled citadel above the Phoenician harbour in ancient Carthage, Tunisia, as well as the name of the hill it rested on.
- The Baths of Antoninus. They are also referred to as Baths of Carthage, located in Carthage, Tunisia, are the largest set of Roman thermae built on the African continent and one of three largest built in the Roman Empire. The baths are also the only remaining Thermae of Carthage that dates back to the Roman Empire's era.
- Avenue Habib Bourguiba. It is the central thoroughfare of Tunis, and the historical political and economic heart of Tunisia. It is named for Habib Bourguiba, the first President of Tunisia and the national leader of the Tunisian independence movement.
- Lake of Tunis. The Lake of Tunis is a natural lagoon located between the Tunisian capital city of Tunis and the Gulf of Tunis. The lake covers a total of 37 square kilometres, in contrast to its size its depth is very shallow. It was once the natural harbour of Tunis
- Bab el Bhar, also known as Porte De France, is a city gate in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. It marks the separation between the Medina of Tunis and the European city. The gate is made up of a lowered archway and topped by a crenellated parapet
- Carthage National Museum is a national museum in Byrsa, Tunisia. Along with the Bardo National Museum, it is one of the two main local archaeological museums in the region. The edifice sits atop Byrsa Hill, in the heart of the city of Carthage.
- KatKouK. Amusement park in Tunisia. Child friendly.