Chic resorts and caravanserais, mopeds and mosques – Tunis is a city of entrancing contrasts. Although unmistakably Arabic, the elegant Ville Nouvelle area feels as French as the Champs Élysées, with smart shops and fashionable young people settling in for mint tea and croissants.
Tunisia is the northernmost country on the African continent, with strong trade ties to Europe.
Although rapidly growing in size and scope, the whitewashed Medina, with its shaded squares and tangled souks, quickly transports you back to the city’s ancient beginnings. If all this sounds a bit like ‘North Africa for beginners’ the upside is that Tunis is one of the most laid-back and hassle-free destinations on the continent. Tunisia’s pristine Mediterranean coastline is easily reached from the capital via a nifty light rail system, as are the awe-inspiring Roman archaeological sites that make the country so unique.