Tunisia; Carthage and Sidi bou Saïd (part one)

I am finally back with a new post. It has been a while since my last post and I would love to take the opportunity to apologize about it! However, Blogging is a fun part of my life! It is more like a hobby to me; a hobby that I do enjoy! To be honest, I would love to be more consistent, but my responsibilities are taking over!

So here I am with a new post which is basically a “throwback” at the  beginning of summer 2017; Tunisia! A place full of history, colors and tastes; Tunis is definitely a must visit destination for summer holidays and much more!

 

I spent a weekend in Tunisia and I had the time to visit both the old city of Carthage as well as the most iconic area of the Tunisian Capital; Sidi bou Saïd!

 

On the ride from the airport to the hotel my eyes did not stop having those tiny hearts! The reason was, of course, the infinite blue of the Mediterranean Sea! The feeling of the soft sea breeze on my face and the smell of the sea and the blossom flowers all around, made the route to the hotel absolutely memorable !

 

Sidi bou Saïd, Tunisia
View of the Mediterranean Sea and the Iconic “Café Des Délices. Sidi bou Saïd, Tunisia

 

The Ancient City of Carthage.

What can you do in only two days in Tunisia? I am here to tell you that you are able to do many things! From sightseeing to sunbathing on the beach and from strolling down the narrow streets of the medina markets to amazing wine tasting and dinner at one of the most beautiful restaurants in the suburbs of the city; Tunisia can offer the perfect vacay time to each and everyone!

I did not waste any time. So by the time I reached the hotel, which is located on the dazzling Gammarth Bay, overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, I changed my outfit and took a taxi from the hotel straight to the ancient city of Carthage. 

 

Carthage, Tunisia
The ancient ruins of Carthage, Tunisia

 

Carthage was the centre or capital city of the ancient Carthaginian civilization, on the eastern side of the Lake of Tunis in what is now the Tunis Governorate in Tunisia.The city developed from a Phoenician colony into the capital of an empire dominating the Mediterranean during the first millennium BC. The city was destroyed by the Roman Republic in the III Punic War in 146 BC then re developed as Roman Carthage. 

 

Carthage, Tunisia
Ruins of Carthage, Tunisia

 

The archaeological site of Carthage is being marked as world heritage and has been protected by UNESCO since 1979. Carthage back in its historical years had become a center of early Christianity!

 

Carthage, Tunisia
Ruins of Carthage, Byrsa, Tunisia

 

In the ancient city of Carthage, there was a walled citadel above the Phoenician harbor, called Byrsa! It was also the name of the hill it rested on.

 

Carthage, Tunisia
District of Punic Close Up, Byrsa, Carthage, Tunisia

 

Another Historical Site located in Carthage is the Acropolium of Carthage, also known as Saint Louis Cathedral.

 

Carthage, Tunisia
Acropolium of Carthage, Tunisia

 

The Acropolium is an ancient Roman Catholic Church located in Carthage. The cathedral sits on the peak of Byrsa Hill, near the ruins of the ancient Punic and then Roman city. It was built atop the ruins of an old temple dedicated to Eshmun, the Punic god of healing. The edifice can still be accessed from the basement. Since 1993, the cathedral has been known as the “Acropolium”. It is no longer used for worship, but instead hosts public events or concerts of Tunisian Music and Classical Music.

 

Carthage, Tunisia
Acropolium of Carthage from another angle.

 

The cost to enter the archaeological site varies from an individual or group ticket! As part of a group I paid the amount of 10 Dinars to enter the Byrsa Ruins and the Museum as well as another 10 Dinars to enter the Acropolium!

Taxi Pricing is quite interesting. If you are about to get a taxi from your Hotel-as I did- you will find a price list with fixed route pricing! For example, Carthage and Sidi Bou Saïd cost the same amount which is about 10 Dinars. However, the ride to the city or the Medina Souk costs around 20 Dinars! If your Arabic or French skills are high I will totally suggest you to get a taxi from the street! I did so on the way back to the Hotel and I paid only 2 Dinars, unbelievable…

 

Thanks for your time… A second post about Sidi bou Saïd is coming soon…

 

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