Top 10 Things to do in Carthage, Tunisia

July 14, 2017 Janette Largent

With a history stretching back nearly three millennia, Carthage was once the heart of a powerful Mediterranean empire before being leveled by the Romans in the Third Punic War in 146 BC. It sprang from the ashes to become an important early Christian center before again being destroyed by Islamic invaders in the late 7th century. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Carthage is a short train ride from Tunis and has several interesting attractions, like the Punic port and the Carthage Museum.
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1. Ancient Roman Baths

Carthage, Tunisia
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4.5 based on 365 reviews

Ancient Roman Baths

Reviewed By Alex J - Athens, Greece

An absolute must visit, despite it being neglected and lacking information. It's hard to imagine what this place looked like and it would be wonderful if some models were displayed.
Entrance closes at 4 pm, the ticket covers other arch. sites in the area. The Roman villas and the theatre are very close, about 5-10 minutes on foot.

2. Centro storico

Avenue 14 Janvier, Sidi Bou Said 2026, Tunisia
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4.5 based on 391 reviews

Centro storico

Reviewed By BATTIKHI78 - Amman, Jordan

With its two dominant beautiful blue and white... This beautiful town is twenty minutes drive from the capitol... Offers beautiful scenery... Good shops for some hot beverages... And a walk to remember... Unfortunately some locals are destroying the image of this beautiful place... By giving some hard time to the tourists... Such a shame for such a beautiful place

3. Le Carpe Diem - Tunis

Route Express de Gammarth, La Marsa, Tunisia +216 27 330 001
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4 based on 51 reviews

Le Carpe Diem - Tunis

Le Carpe Diem - Tunis can be summarized in a few words: counter, restaurant, DJ sets, live music, friendliness, versatility, originality ... Open since October 2012 in Tunis, this unique, must-announces his desire to stand out by focusing on usability and offering simple and original concepts. It's aspect is cultural aspect, open-minded, unpretentious, addressing to a cosmopolitan population. Le Carpe Diem - Tunis has become a reference in Tunisia (Voted best Club in Tunisia by Customers- People's beats 2014 and 2015) More than just a club, open from 18h to 2h, Le Carpe Diem - Tunis is a real point of meeting for all those who want dinner, have a good time discovering good sound sharp or just chatting around a foam or a plate of tapas. On the menu an original Afterwork, an attractive Happy Hour, affordable dishes, a wide selection of cocktails, shots and arranged lovingly prepared drinks, live music, DJs and a warm welcome.

Reviewed By AlenaKayumova

I was meeting there with my friends, the food was good. The waitress was also nice and some of them speak English. The music is a bit loud there, we left early but I think it's also a good place for dancing at night. Looks more like a bar.

4. Carthaginian Ruins

Carthage, Tunisia 1/34 10 77
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4 based on 699 reviews

Carthaginian Ruins

An enormous Amphitheater and a cave are among the attractions at these famous ruins. Admission to the ruins includes the excellent Carthage Museum.

Reviewed By Alex J - Athens, Greece

This is such an interesting site - too bad that no English explanation is offered and that parts are neglected. So maybe hire a guide who offers their service there.
To get there, you can take the train which is cheap (station Hannibal) and walk up the hill (somewhat steep). There's a small cafe between the Cathedral and the museum.
The entry ticket covers all sites (but for the cathedral) during one day, but to cover everything you need to start early or rush through each one (I think the entrance gates closed at 4 pm).

5. Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra

1934 Rue Du 2 Mars, Sidi Bou Said 2026, Tunisia +216 71 740 102
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra

The home of Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger, who was responsible for the blue and white color scheme of the town.

Reviewed By Renee S - Paris, France

I had lived & worked in Tunisia for more than a year before I finally made it here to the palace called Ennejma Ezzahra (which apparently means "Star of Venus" in Arabic), built by the Baron Rudolpe d'Erlanger. And amazingly, in all that time, only two people had ever even mentioned this place to me. The interior design and craftsmanship are so beautiful that I do not understand why it remains so little known. However, I guarantee that once you have seen it, you will never forget it.
If you enjoy Oriental-type architecture & interior design, this is a definite must if you are in the Tunis area.
Allow plenty of time to do the tour with the audioguide as the history behind the house, the architecture and the lives of the owners are quite interesting.
As the palace is part of the Centre des Musiques Arabes et Méditerranéennes (Centre for Arabic and Mediterranean Music), there is a section with traditional musical instruments of the region that is also included in the visit. Unfortunately, I spent so much time marveling over the interior design of the home and listening to its history on the audioguide that I did not allow enough time to give this section its proper due.
If it is a beautiful day, it is also nice to take your time looking out over the sea and strolling around the Gardens.
Concerts are also sometimes held in a large reception hall within the palace, and given the overall atmosphere, attending an evening musical event in that setting must be an amazing experience. Keep an eye out if you are in the area for any length of time.
For additional information:
There is a New York Times article from 1987 posted on internet called "In Tunisia, A Rare Visit To a Palace And Its Owner" which features the Baroness Edwina d'Erlanger daughter-in-law of Rudolphe, talking about the palace and the way in which it was built. (Sorry, according to the rules of Trip Advisor, I am not allowed to provide URL links in my reviews.)
To give you an idea of the grounds and the decor inside, there is a short video presentation of the palace in French that is currently posted on Youtube called "Le palais Ennejma Ezzahra : Dar El Baron d'Erlanger à Sidi Bou Saïd - #Tunisia". If you do not speak French, you can still watch the video footage to see photos of the amazing interior.
If you understand French, there is a great 25-minute documentary by ARTE also posted on Youtube, called "Trésors oubliés de la Méditerranée Palais du baron d'Erlanger, Tunisie Fr 2011 ARTE HD 2013".

6. Rose Mandarine

1 Rue Slaheddine Bramli, La Marsa 2070, Tunisia +216 27 536 677
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5 based on 10 reviews

Rose Mandarine

in 2015, i opened my shop rose mandarine which is defined as a family store. You can find all my creations : bed linen, comforters, decoration cushions, tepees, furniture and a whole world full of poetry and sensitivity. rose mandarine is made by a long process of materials research and several meetings with tunisian craftsmen, working together to deliver products labelled made in Tunisia with lov

Reviewed By Helene P

I went to Rose Mandarine boutique with my 2 daughters and found lovely and high quality accessories for myself and my kids: clothes, accessories of decoration, small gifts....and everything proudly handcrafted in Tunisia. A wonderful store with great and creative products that you must visit!

7. Carthage Museum

Byrsa Hill, Carthage 2016, Tunisia 1/34 10 77
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4 based on 194 reviews

Carthage Museum

This museum presents artifacts from two thousand years ago, when Carthage competed with Rome for military and cultural dominance. The Romans burned and pillaged the Phoenician city in 146 BC.

Reviewed By gatomono

The information is few almost none. There is more on the Gardens than inside the building. Not English info, only French and Arabic. Fantastic view of the city from the outside of the building. Shame to see many historical pieces not being take care in proper way.

8. Museum Dar el-Annabi

Rue Habib Thameur, Sidi Bou Said 2026, Tunisia +216 727 728
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Museum Dar el-Annabi

Reviewed By rowl2112 - Lyon, France

A visit in the past! Take your time to wander around the different rooms and enjoy the view from the rooftop Terrace!

9. Carthage Aqueduct

Carthage, Tunisia
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4 based on 76 reviews

Carthage Aqueduct

Reviewed By CJW913 - De Pere, Wisconsin

Our cruise ship shore excursion pulled up here for a restroom stop. My spouse and I were delighted to find that the facilities were located alongside the Zaghouan Aqueduct, which supplied Carthage with water. It was once the longest in the Roman Empire and stretched 132 kilometers. Twenty-four large cisterns, the final destination of the water, could be seen from the bus as we continued on our way.
This was an very satisfying stop that provided multiple photo opportunities.

10. Saint Louis Cathedral

Byrsa Hill, Carthage 2016, Tunisia
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4 based on 101 reviews

Saint Louis Cathedral

Reviewed By Alex J - Athens, Greece

Not sure why someone would visit this Cathedral, especially those who've been in a Cathedral before. You cannot go up to the top for pictures, it's locked. Be advised that you pay extra for entry, not included in museum & arch. site ticket.

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