Carthage is an ancient and beautiful city that keeps many secrets. Once Carthage was a powerful and wealthy state. He ruled over a significant part of the world, and today only ruins remain from the city. But, despite this, thousands of tourists constantly come here to see the once majestic and significant place.
We got to Carthage as part of an excursion group ( the tour also included a visit to the capital of Tunisia, the Bardo Museum and the amazing city of Sidi Bou Said).
But you can get there on your own.
The ruins are among the main attractions of the city.
Once on the territory of Carthage there was an amphitheater created in the second century. It consists of several tiers, where about five thousand people could fit. The amphitheater is very original in its structure. At the right moment, his arena could be filled with sea water. Thanks to this effect, the production looked much more spectacular and interesting.
Another interesting and valuable place is the baths of Antonina. This building was the largest in the city at that time.
Travelers will be curious to know that Christian buildings are also located in Carthage. On a hill called Birsa there was a fortress founded by Queen Dido. Also, here one could see the temple of St. Louis, built in the second half of the 19th century. Today there is the Cathedral of St. Ludwig. In the northern part of the city there is a monastery of the Carmelite order.
Another famous place of Carthage are the remains of the villas that belonged to the rich Romans. This place is included in the UNESCO protected areas. In the last century, one of the villas was restored and has since been called the “poultry house”. This is due to the fact that scientists found a mosaic depicting a bird in the structure. In addition to the sights mentioned, vacationers are also invited to visit the ancient burial place called Tophet. It is located in the open air. Near Tophet there is an oceanographic museum. Tourists will be able to see models of ports, boats, various artifacts and stuffed animals here. A visit to the museum and the cathedral will cost you 4 dinars (100 rubles). For other attractions, a single ticket for 9 dinars (220 rubles) is valid.
Where to eat
A little far from the sea, parallel to the beach line, is Habib Bourguiba Avenue with interesting cafes: Yam’s . To get to it, you need to go down a little to the water from the Carthage Dermech station. The establishment is famous for Lavazza coffee and delicious desserts. Monoprix . Located across the road. It is a popular supermarket chain with reasonable prices, where there is even takeaway food, such as pizza. Neptune . Restaurant with good food, located in the Magon quarter (Carthage Hannibal). Villa Didon Restaurant . If you are not staying at this hotel, then at least treat yourself to a sumptuous meal in its famous restaurant with a magnificent panorama of Carthage and the presidential palace. However, the average price of one dish in this establishment varies between 25–40 dinars (600–1000 rubles).
Souvenirs In addition to standard key rings, postcards and magnets, small coins, fragments of columns, mosaics, clay lamps and images of deities allegedly found at excavation sites should also attract your attention in Carthage. Remember that these are nothing more than souvenirs. Therefore, they can cost a maximum of 5–10 dinars (130–260 rubles). Do not be afraid to bargain with sellers, feel free to offer a price twice as low as stated. Shopkeepers may pretend to be offended, start calling you “bandits” in broken Russian, but in fact they are very fond of such heated arguments about the price and eventually give in. And if you still know French, consider it in the bag. How to get there Carthage is located near the central part of the city (14 km). There are two ways to get to it: 1. By train (Tunis-Goulet-Marsa route). Departure from the station “Tunis-Marine”. Fare: 1 dinar (25 rubles). Travel time: 25 min. 2. By taxi. The price varies between 10–12 dinars (250–300 rubles). Where to settle For vacationers, there are several hotels here, the average cost of a room is about seven thousand per day. The most popular and best here is the hotel called “Villa Didon”. Each room has an unusual design that will not fail to please vacationers. Cheaper options can be found in Tunisia and Gammarth. In cafes and restaurants, tourists can taste Mediterranean cuisine. Carthage is rich in ancient architecture and seascapes, so tourists will not be able to remain indifferent.
The catchphrase “Carthage must be destroyed!” Perhaps many have known since school. But at the mention of the ancient state, the associative series often breaks off at the Mediterranean ruins and dilapidated battles of the Romans, Phoenicians and Arabs. And the rest of Tunisia may even seem like a desert with camel caravans. On the tour, you will immerse yourself in the world of events that were legendary, get acquainted with the incredible cultural mosaic, find out what wonderful people live here, and realize how original the far north of Africa is!
What awaits you
Near the ancient ruins you will hear the legend about the founder of the city – Queen Dido – and trace the path that it has traveled from the time of the Phoenician sailors to the present day. You will learn about the period when the city was the political center of the western Mediterranean and the largest maritime power. I will talk about the famous Punic wars with the Romans, as well as the Byzantine and Arab conquests. Most of the monuments are destroyed, so you can only look at a few ruins, but nothing breaks the atmosphere of antiquity here! You will see the baths of Anthony Pius – the largest Roman baths in North Africa – and the villas of the noble Carthaginians , where we will talk in detail about the life, life and economy of ancient civilizations.
A piece of Greece in Tunisia: Sidi Bou Said The
white and blue tones of houses, colorful streets and blooming greenery of Sidi Bou Said have long been loved by filmmakers (here, for example, one of the parts of the Angelica and the Sultan saga was filmed), writers and poets, who come for aesthetic pleasure from the views, smells and unique cuisine. On a walk you will find out why you cannot find two identical doors here and how the life of the locals works, as well as take a look at the fantastic panorama of the Gulf of Tunis and, if you wish, taste the traditional Tunisian green tea with pine nuts, which has been prepared in a local cafe for over 300 years!
Central street of the capital
In the final part of the journey, you will make a short visit to the capital itself, where you will walk along the main street of Tunisia – Habib Bourguiba Avenue . Here I will introduce you to modern buildings that reflect the fusion of European and Arab cultures. From July to October, walking around the city is impossible due to the unbearable heat. We either drive down the street without stopping (viewing objects from the car window), or we exclude this item of the program, increasing the time for visiting other attractions.
I or my colleague will conduct the tour for you.
I will meet you at the hotel and take you back after the tour.
I pick up travelers from the following cities: Monastir, Sousse, Hammamet, Tunis and, in some cases, Mahdia.
I do not pick up travelers residing in Djerba and Zarzis.
The recommended start time for the tour is 7 am, so that you can see some of the sights in a comfortable mode before the scorching heat.
The average travel time is 8 hours, but times may vary depending on the location of your hotel. Please specify details when booking.
The price includes transfer by air-conditioned car, driver-guide services, tickets to historical sites.
Lunch is not included in the price , but the program allocates time for it (the cost per person, on average, is $ 5-6).
The meeting point is agreed with the guide, you can discuss it when ordering an excursion.