7 visits to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

Step into Carthaginian history, then admire the beautiful blue and white village of Sidi Bou Saïd!

Carthage was a famous city in ancient times. Today, it has become a tourist spot and offers exhibitions to its visitors. remnants of its glorious past. A few kilometers from Tunis, you can reach Carthage from here. The village of Sidi Bou Said. With its cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses and blue shutters, this cliff-top village creates a crazy charm on its visitors. Discover all the visits to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said!

Visits to Carthage

Founded in the 9th century BC Carthage dominates the western Mediterranean with the conquest of Sicily as well as the Iberian peninsula in the 4th century BC.. Approaching Roman territory, it threatens the Roman empire and BC. Punic Wars, a century later. The Romans later rebuilt it, but its survival mainly depended on the rule of the Byzantine Empire, where Carthage gave several emperors. Today, Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a peaceful city and proud of its pastexhibits its ancient monuments to tourists.

National Carthage Museum
Representation of Carthage before its destruction ©damian entwistle / Wikipedia Commons

1. Go to the archaeological site of Carthage

Carthage city lists many archaeological sites with sun-tanned stones scattered all over the city. Witnessing a deep history between the Carthaginians and Romans, these historical places are now must-visit places in Carthage. You can see a theater with the ruins of an amphitheater, but also walk in the Punic district.. don’t hesitate to go ancient roman bathsObserve the beachfront and also the presidential palace next door.

Carthage archaeological site
Carthage archaeological site ©Christian Manhart / Wikipedia Commons

you can also see old aqueduct ruins where it’s easy to imagine the work done there. Indeed, tanks and vehicles are still in the field. don’t forget to go ancient roman villas. It is recommended that you make these visits with a guide so that you can completely immerse yourself in these places where time seems to have stood still. You have unwittingly boarded a time machine and plunged into a civilization that you will surely discover!

2. Visit the Salammbo Oceanographic Museum

This Carthage Oceanographic Museum It is a wonderful and very enriching place. there you will discover many species of fish, crustaceans and other marine species in beautiful and large aquariums. You will learn a little more about each of these species, but also about the older ones that have now disappeared. Indeed, there are several fossils and reconstructed skeletons in the museum. You will visit 11 rooms, each with its own unique features. such as protected species, the Tunisian coast and even fishing techniques. Visits are organized daily, accompanied by guides who speak several languages. Outside you will have one of the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean.. A great family trip to Carthage!

Carthage Oceanographic Museum
Carthage Oceanographic Museum ©Shoestring / Wikipedia Commons

3. Explore the National Museum of Carthage

Located in the heart of the city, on Byrsa Hill, national museum A must visit place in Carthage. You will get a better understanding of the history of this part of Tunisia. Indeed, in this museum you will discover All the history and setbacks of the city of Carthage. You will also find many traces that testify to a heavy past. For example, ancient objects found in the rubble, such as vases and jars, and even reconstructed frescoes. The museum is located Carthage acropolis From here you will have a magnificent view of the entire city and its ruins. You will also be within walking distance Saint-Louis Cathedral, a must-see in Carthage. It is no longer used, but it receives many visitors who love Byzantine-Moorish art. It also hosts concerts of Tunisian music.

Things to do in Carthage and Sidi Bou Said
Carthage National Museum ©Mietek Ł / Wikipedia Commons

Visits to Sidi Bou Said

Perched on a cliff overlooking Carthage, the village of Sidi Bou Saïd is not without its charm. The hallmark of Sidi Bou Said is to offer blue and white facades. Everything is a dazzling harmony under the sun!

4. Quench your thirst at a cafe

During your visit to Sidi Bou Saïd, take time to take a break at one of the town’s cafes. Many have a good reputation such as the famous Café des Délices, Café des Nattes or Café Hadj Amor. You can enjoy an excellent mint tea or other country-specific beverages, such as wines made in North Africa. Look around and marvel at the city and its architectural beauty while enjoying these delicious drinks. If you prefer Café des Délices (see. card), you will have a magnificent view over the Gulf of Tunis and Carthage.

coffee enjoyment
Famous Café des Délices © Amira Guebsi / Wikipedia Commons

5. Explore the Baron d’Erlanger Palace

In the heart of Sidi Bou Said, you can visit Ennejma Ezzahra Palace, formerly owned by Baron d’Erlanger. Now converted into a public museum, So you can see what this Franco-British man’s home looks like.He died in Tunisia in 1932. But he also knows the customs and traditions of the past. The architect of his palace himself, The Baron was also a painter.. Many of his paintings are also exhibited in the residence. You can also visit its private bath and its splendid garden with magnificent views of the Tunis Bay.

court baron Erlanger
Baron d’Erlanger’s palace ©RostomBaccar / Wikipedia Commons

6. Admire the view from Ras Qatarjamah and Sidi Chabaane viewpoints

Not far from the village of Sidi Bou Saïd, Ras Qatarjamah belvedere can be easily found using the tourist route. It was built on the old ribat of Sidi Bou Said.. With a little courage, you will manage to climb the hill at the foot of the lighthouse of the same name. then you will have a chance to have one of the best views Which will be given to you in and around the Gulf of Tunis.

A view from Sidi Bou Said
The view from Sidi Bou Said ©eva-ufa / Pixabay

Sidi Chabaane belvedere is located in the village of Sidi Bou Saïd, very close to Café des Délices. From the white and blue terraces you can admire another equally sublime view of the Gulf of Tunis.. From these belvederes you will take the most beautiful photos to do in Sidi Bou Said.

7. Take a walk on Rue Habib Thameur

Rue Habib Thameur is the main street of Sidi Bou Said. It is a street not to be missed during your visit to the city. For those who want to leave with all kinds of souvenirs and objects, this is the right place.. There you will find almost everything you want and of course you will have to bargain. It is also a street where you can find very good restaurants. take the time to stop there taste local specialties. A thirst-quenching break would also be welcome after climbing this street in the Tunisian heat.

Rue Habib Thameur
Part of the Rue Habib Thameur area ©Bertrand Bouret / Wikipedia Commons

The essentials of Carthage and Sidi Bou Said… and beyond?

Sidi Bou Said and Carthage are two really interesting cities given their history, but they are also thanks to the visits and panoramas they will offer you. It would be a shame not to go there during your stay in Tunis, especially if you are passing through Tunis which is only a few kilometers away. Feel free to check out our articles dedicated to other cities of Tunisia, they too will have nice visits to offer.

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