Amazing Sights & Experiences
Add to the memories of your stay with us at The Residence Tunis by exploring this destination’s rich history and culture. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few suggested day trips that cater to guests’ different interests.
Carthage – A Prestigious Past & Present
In the suburbs of Tunis stand the ruins of Carthage, once one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world. Founded by the Phoenicians sometime around the 9th century BC, its location on a promontory made it a natural hub for maritime trade, which saw it develop into a great commercial empire covering much of the Mediterranean. Carthage also produced the great warrior Hannibal, and engaged in titanic battle with its archrival Rome before being eventually destroyed by Rome, only to rise again as a Roman colony.
It remains one of the most famous sites of the Roman Empire, steeped in the memory of its glorious past. The monumental Antonine Baths and the remains of villas, statues and mosaics on display at the National Museum of Carthage are just some of the fascinating remains of this vibrant metropolis.
Bardo Museum is one of the most important museums in the Mediterranean, tracing the history of Tunisia over several millennia and across many civilisations through a wide variety of archaeological pieces.
Housed in a former palace of the Bey, it is a beautiful setting for marvelling at one of the finest and largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world as well as marble statues representing the gods and Roman emperors found at various nearby sites.
Medina and the Souks of Tunis
Dating back to as early as the 4th century BC, the remarkably preserved, UNESCO-protected Medina of Tunis, the old town of Tunis, is a world removed from the more modern part of the city. Extending over 270 hectares, it houses about 700 historic monuments including palaces, mosques, fountains and mausoleums – reminders of its illustrious past.
From the 12th to 16th centuries, Tunis was considered one of the greatest and wealthiest cities in the Islamic world, exerting profound influence on the development of architecture and the arts. Besides exploring the Medina’s rich heritage, stroll through its narrow streets that bustle with colourful markets and souks.
A few steps from the centre of Tunis, wine enthusiasts can expand their knowledge of Tunisian wines with a visit to the cellar of La Fontaine – an underground cellar carved out of the cave rocks, part of the Central Union of Vineyard Cooperatives (UCCV). It has become a breeding ground for ageing wines and here the vineyards of Carthage have developed a very interesting quality sparkling wine adopting the method of traditional champagne.
Sidi Bou Said Village
Located about twenty miles northeast of Tunis, the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said sits perched at the top of a steep cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A place of inspiration for many artists over the years, including Paul Klee and Henri Matisse, its signature colours of blue and white, and labyrinth of winding cobbled streets lined with art shops and cafes will instantly enchant you.