Places to Visit
The ancient city of Tunis is the capital of Tunisia and the largest city in the country. It’s strategic location about 10 kms inland from the Gulf of Tunis – to which it is connected by a beautiful and navigable lake – has attracted a variety of traders and travelers dating back to the Punic period. The city thrived under the Roman Empire and, subsequent to the fall of Carthode in the 7th century, prospered further to grow into the second most prominent city in the province of Afriqyia under the Arabian Empire.
This region is popularly referred to as “Green Tunisia”. This enchanting area is a collection of beautiful hills, verdant mountains and lush green plains. The whole coastal region of North Africa was referred to as the Barbary Coast during the 16th century, when the area was under the control of the Ottoman Empire. During this period, Tunis provided the base for pirates to attack and plunder European ships crossing the Mediterranean.
Tunisia was the first Roman colony south of the Mediterranean on the African coast. During the peak of their colonization, they had around 200 cities in the region. Remnants of this historic era have been identified and notified at over 26,000 sites – the majority of them yet to be excavated. Among the more important excavated sites, Dougga, Thuburbo Majus, Sbeitla and El Jem have been well preserved and are now provided with enchanting settings that give the sites an attractive atmosphere.