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Tunis is the capital of Tunisia, is located north of the country on the Gulf of Tunis – whose channel connection to the Mediterranean.
The city has about 770,000 inhabitants (2010), while the metropolitan area has a population of 2.4 million. Tunisia is the country’s main commercial, cultural, and industrial center, and is also a major transport hub. From the harbor “La Goulette” in Tunis is the ferry service to several cities in Italy, the Marseille (in France ) and to resort island Malta.
Tunis has several universities and educational institutions, road and main activity is primarily tourism.
The old town of Tunis (“Medina”) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of North Africa’s largest. Old Town – which is surrounded by walls – has over 700 monuments, palaces, mosques and mausoleums.There are also the countless colorful and lively bazaars, located in a row in the medina’s narrow and winding streets. A trip to the “Museum of Islamic Art” is also recommended.
Other popular attractions include Tunis Zitounamoskéen from year 723 – the country’s largest mosque and a major landmark, Bardomuseum – with its magnificent collection of Roman mosaics, the palace “Dar Ben Abdallah” from the 1800s, mausoleum “Toub El Bey” from the 1700s and St. Vincent de Paul’s Cathedral from 1882.
About 15 miles northeast of Tunisia, the ruins of Carthage. This archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a major tourist attraction.
Tunisia has otherwise theaters, opera, several great parks, a zoo, a medical museum and a military history museum.
The city’s airport – Tunis Carthage International Airport – 9 km northeast of downtown.