Tunis Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC
It may be but a slim wedge of North Africa’s vast horizontal expanse, but Tunisia has enough history and diverse natural beauty to pack a country many times its size. With a balmy, sand-fringed Mediterranean coast, scented with jasmine and sea breezes, and where the fish on your plate is always fresh, Tunisia is prime territory for a straightforward sun-sand-and-sea holiday. But beyond the beaches, it’s a thrilling, underrated destination where distinct cultures and incredible extremes of landscape – forested coastlines along the coast, Saharan sand seas in the south – can be explored in just a few days.
What to do in Tunis for 24h to 48h?
Places of Interest
Surrounded by ancient crenulated walls that could have been filched from a child’s toy castle, this tourist-tat-free zone hasn’t been prettified for visitors. Don’t miss a glimpse of the Grande Mosquée, with its 9th-century minaret.
Blank from the outside, the interior is an exquisite combination of glowing blue tile work and moodily dark wooden furniture. The inner sanctuary, with its elevated pulpit, is said to contain one of the oldest Torahs in the world. Bring ID for the security checks outside. The synagogue is a major place of pilgrimage in May.
This enormous green space has over 200,000 date palms, as well as fig and pomegranate trees and canopied garden holdings. It’s best explored by foot or bicycle (ask at your hotel for recommended bike hire).
Tunisian Temple Run in Carthage
Once mighty seat of the Roman Empire, and home to over half a million inhabitants, ruin-strewn Carthage will delight those with any interest in the past. Visit the Antonin Baths, the largest of their kind outside Rome, and hop between crumbling cisterns and an Olympic-sized pool that was supplied by the Zaghouan Aqueduct.
Relax in blissful Hammamet
Described often as the ‘Tunisian St Tropez’ this jasmine-scented town of sparkling ocean, plump citrus trees and whitewashed buildings adds a touch of Mediterranean glamour to any getaway.
Get the blues in Sidi Bou Said
Accessible from Tunis or Carthage by light train, this teeny village is of a similar palette to Santorini in Greece: all gleaming white walls with cornflower blue trim, and teetering on a cliff overlooking the Med.
Where to Eat?
Café Culturel El Ali
This is indeed a cultured hideaway, with atmospheric wood-beamed ceilings, a library, sofas and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Zaytouna Mosque. Charming staff serve up citronnade with almonds or mint, fruit smoothies, mint tea and espresso.
This wonderfully authentic medina favourite is where shoppers come for lamb brochette lunches, the meat grilled to order in an ashy pit.
Le Sport Nautique
Established for the French colonial elite back in 1928, this highly regarded restaurant offers delightful views of the marina from its breezy terrace. You select the fish you’d like from a trolley wheeled elegantly to your table.
Where to Shop?
Sophia Loren, Umm Kolthum, Grace Kelly and Greta Garbo have all floated around in Fella at some point. The boutique has immaculate handmade Tunisian dresses, jewellery and bits and pieces. A nice fouta (cotton beach sheet) costs around TD12.
On the main tourist drag, this is an unusual, fixed-price shop with distinctive Tunisian crafts, including textiles, jewellery, and ochre-and-black Sejnane pottery.
Soula Shopping Centre
Located at the entrance to the medina, this mega four-storey complex is probably the largest price-fixed centre in the country. Most credit cards accepted.
Mains des Femmes
This nonprofit women’s co-operative sells quality traditional handicrafts, including rugs, jewellery and clothing, all at fixed prices.
Nightlife in Tunis!
Centre Loisir el-Niffer
Set deep in the palmeraie, this is a great place for a sheesha under the palm trees, or a coffee or cool drink. There’s a swimming pool and a few courting couples and families sitting at the tables spread throughout the garden.
Zip up to El-Hana’s 10th floor for fabulous views. This small bar is lit with funky blue neon, plays a mix of lounge and pop music, has tables outside, and attracts a mixed crowd of men and women, both Tunisian and foreign.
Café Maure Diwan
Cut into the medina wall between Bab Diwan and Bab el-Kasbah, this atmospheric cafe is a refuge from the heat and a relaxing spot to kill a few hours over thé au pignons et menthe (mint tea with pinenuts, TD1
Brasserie les 2 Avenues
This has a good pavement location for a prime view of the avenue’s people parade.
Flight Attendants discounts in Tunisia?
World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Tunisia . Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!
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