Habib Bourguiba Avenue Walking Tour (Self Guided), Tunis

The famous Tunisian Habib Bourguiba Avenue is located in New Town, or Ville Nouvelle, in the new part of the city. This Tunisian Champs Elysees houses the well-known Monumental Clock, the Art Nouveau National Theater of Tunis, the luxurious and prestigious Hôtel Africa, Cathédrale Saint Vincent de Paul and Bab El Bahr (Porte de France). Follow this walking tour and enjoy all the great sights found on this avenue!
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Guide Name: Habib Bourguiba Avenue Walking Tour
Guide Location: Tunisia » Tunis (See other walking tours in Tunis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Avenue Habib Bourguiba
  • Monumental Clock
  • Bar Jamaïca
  • Cathédrale Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
  • Place de l'Independance
  • Bab el Bhar (Porte de France)
  • Medina of Tunis
Avenue Habib Bourguiba

1) Avenue Habib Bourguiba

Avenue Habib Bourguiba is the central thoroughfare of Tunis, and the historical political and economic heart of Tunisia. It bears the name of the first President of the Republic of Tunisia and the national leader of the Tunisian independence movement. Today, the broad Avenue aligned in an east-west direction, lined with trees and facades of shops, and fronted with street cafes on both sides, and which is compared to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and its extension, the Avenue de France, Place de l'Indépendance marking the central roundabout with Lake of Tunis at the eastern end. Many of the important monuments are located along this avenue, including Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul, French Embassy in Tunisia and Théâtre municipal de Tunis.
Monumental Clock

2) Monumental Clock (must see)

The Monumental Clock is situated on the well known Avenue Habib Bourguiba, in the heart of the Tunisian capital. The gilded clock at the top symbolizes the new era of Tunisia. This obelisk-shaped clock is also famous for having the number 7 in the place where traditionally the number 6 is located. It is not as large as one would expect but does stand out amongst everything else in the area. A pretty sight, especially at night while walking along the main street in central Tunis.

Why You Should Visit:
It's a nice area to stroll around and take pics, surrounded by good architecture and plenty of cafés.
Bar Jamaïca

3) Bar Jamaïca

Bar Jamaïca is located in the Tunisian Hôtel El Hana International on the 11th floor. Its location gives you the opportunity to admire a wonderful aerial panoramic view of the Tunisian capital, which makes visiting this little bar well worth it!
Cathédrale Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

4) Cathédrale Saint-Vincent-de-Paul (must see)

Situated at Place de l'Indépendence in Ville Nouvelle, the Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul is a Roman Catholic church in Tunis dedicated to the patron saint of charity.

The church was built in a mixture of styles, including Moorish revival, Gothic revival, and Neo-Byzantine architectural traditions. Construction began in 1893 and the church was opened at Christmas 1897. Imposing and unique, it is the largest surviving building from Tunis' colonial era and is still a living church thanks to a community of foreigners. Directly opposite is the French embassy, built in colonial times as residence of the French governor.

Don't miss the mosaics on top of the facade and discover the unique souvenir from the visit of Pope John Paul II. The church is free to enter.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-12pm / 3-5pm (Sep-Jun); 8am-3pm (Jul, Aug)
Place de l'Independance

5) Place de l'Independance

Place de l'Independance is a beautiful square not far from the graceful Cathédrale Saint Vincent de Paul. It houses the statue of Tunisian polymath Ibn Khaldun. He was considered the father of a vast range of disciplines such as demography, cultural history, historiography, the philosophy of history, modern economics and sociology.
Bab el Bhar (Porte de France)

6) Bab el Bhar (Porte de France) (must see)

Bab el Bhar ("the sea gate"), also known as Porte de France ("the gate of France"), is a city gate in Tunis that was named so after a door in the Medina’s rampart opened to the lagoon. The French tore it down in 1848 and erected this stone ‘gate to the sea’ made up of a lowered archway and topped by a crenelated parapet. It became the beginning of the colonial city’s construction. To this day, it marks the separation between the Medina of Tunis and the European city and is a place to enjoy the old market with traditional souvenirs and some Tunisian art crafts.

Why You Should Visit:
Great lively area with a friendly atmosphere, bargains to be found with shopping and also Tunisian food/snacks freshly prepared should you get peckish.
If you like old parts of cities this is probably the best place for you. You could walk here for a whole day.

Try to find a guide to escort you around.
The square becomes deserted after about 10pm, but offers wonderful photo ops as the gate & surrounding buildings are lit.
Medina of Tunis

7) Medina of Tunis (must see)

The Medina of Tunis is located in the very heart of the city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great attraction to the tourists. The narrow streets of Medina are full of colorful shops with various goods ranging from leather to plastic, from souvenirs to the works of tiny crafts-shops. The shop owners are much less pushy than say in Marrakesh and normally they start with a price which of course is inflated, but not extremely so. You don't need a guide, as you can manage the tour by yourself; it is simple to get around – one major path, Rue de la Kasbah, going across the Medina from the Place de la Victoire up to the Grand Mosque. If you do go off the beaten track, you can find some wonderful treasures (particularly beautiful rugs and ceramics), but you will have to bargain hard!

Make sure you get a proper map from the tourist information bureau so you know where to go; otherwise it isn't very clear (even with online apps).
Walk the small roads and discover the small laboratories where they make handbags, shoes, perfumes and many other things... Very interesting!

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