Dubbed North Africa´s hidden jewel, Tunis is located near Africa´s northernmost tip. A short flight from Barcelona's El Prat airport via TunisAir or AirFrance transports you into a captivating world of rich history, warm hospitality and modernity. Expect hearty lamb tagines, cous cous, and plenty of, surprisingly, excellent wine.
MOSAIC´s Global Escapes List of Must-Sees are:
1. Carthage- The scenic drive along the Mediterranean to view splendid ruins of ancient Carthage offers a glimpse of the country's presidential palace. Who has not learned of Hannibal and the brave Carthaginians who challenged ancient Rome´s might? Today, ruins of ancient Roman baths, shrines and temples offer a glimpse into history. Check out the Roman theater ruins, still used for the annual Summer Festival of Carthage.
2. BIWA Restaurant-Eat your heart out New York City. Located in the yuppie Berges du Lac neighborhood, this local favorite serves up waterfront meals with Euro-Tunisian flair. A prominent destination for well-heeled locals, this spot is perfect for casual dining and scenic views of Lake Tunis. Be sure to request ¨the´a la menthe¨, North Africa´s age-old mint tea specialty, with your meal.
3. Sidi Bou Said-This gorgeous, white and blue hued Northeastern village is filled with Tunis´ elite and a hot spot for global nomads. Spend an afternoon shopping local stores filled with Tunisian ceramics, mosaics and other handicrafts. Explore rustic art galleries like Art Galery El Artista www.tunisianart.com, featuring art and jewelry by owner, Mounir Letaief. A tour of Dar El Annabi, an ancient Tunisian-style home turned museum, showcases traditional customs. Lounge and sip tea at the infamous Café des Nattes with its signature birdcage handing outside its immaculately carved doorway. Marvel the exquisite views of the jeweled Mediterranean sea under the stars from outdoor Cafe´ Chabaane, decked with authentic Tunisian rugs and other textiles for added flair.
4. The Medina Souk, located on Avenue Habib Bourgiba, Tunis' "Champs Elysees¨, is the marketplace of choice. Endless choices of old-world Tunisian textiles, ceramics, lanterns, leather goods, scented oils and other treasures abound. Be ready to perfect the art of bargaining with local shop owners for great prices on the perfect souvenir that captures your Tunisian adventure.
5. Drive to Korbous- The scenic hour-long drive outside of Tunis showcases the vibrant lifestyle of traditional Tunisians. Stop by a local restaurant along the way to experience authentic Tunisian grilled lamb specialties. Top it off with some ¨mlewe¨, a crepe-like delicacy or ¨tabouna¨, Tunisian unleavened country bread baked in a clay domed oven. Once you hit Korbous, dip your feet or swim in the local hot springs alongside residents to receive storied blessings.
6. Indulge in the luxurious Hamman bath at Hotel Les Berges du Lac - Queens of yesteryear and today make this a must-have. Experience the eucalyptus steam-filled chambers of the ancient bath and simply relax. After bathing, prepare to be exquisitely massaged from head to toe with precious oils.