Tunis, Tunisia

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Cruising to Tunis (La Goulette)

Despite being the capital of Tunisia, Tunis has retained an air of intimacy and compactness, with less than 800,000 inhabitants living in the main city itself. As such, it has a wonderfully authentic feel to it, so if you're looking for something that goes beyond your average Mediterranean beach holiday then this is certainly the place to come.

Indeed, while the city does in fact sit on the Mediterranean coast, it certainly isn't what you'd call a seaside resort, and is much more suitable for visitors with an interest in history and culture than those who would rather just chill out on the beach.

The city itself is split into the old and new quarters, with an array of ancient landmarks to be found in the older part of town. Among these is the Zitouna Mosque - the largest mosque in Tunisia - which dates all the way back to the 8th century and is well worth a visit. For a more detailed look at the local history, meanwhile, head to the Bardo Museum, which is housed in a 13th-century palace and contains a huge number of artefacts that tell the story of Tunisia's past, beginning with prehistoric times and continuing through the Roman and Ottoman eras, all the way up to the present day.

Tunis (La Goulette)

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