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Tu­nisia’s cap­i­tal is far less well known than its beach re­sorts but its mild cli­mate, fab­u­lous Ro­man ru­ins and Ara­bic her­itage make it an in­trigu­ing op­tion for an au­tumn mini-break. Tu­nisia (dis­cover­tunisia.com) is now back on the map for Bri­tish tourists. Its se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion is far more set­tled – it is more than three years since the ter­ror at­tacks, and one since the For­eign Of­fice re­scinded its ad­vice against vis­it­ing. Tu­ni­sair (tu­ni­sair. com) flies di­rect to the city from Gatwick and Heathrow.

14 Jan­vier 2011 (3), home to a lat­tice­work clock tower, sa­lutes the date Pres­i­dent Ben Ali’s govern­ment fell in the Tu­nisian Rev­o­lu­tion. Fur­ther on, the Cathé­drale Saint-Vin­cent-de-Paul (4), fin­ished in 1897, is a legacy of French colo­nial rule (1881-1956). Av­enue de France (5) is an­other Gal­lic relic – a tree-lined minia­ture Champs-Élysées.

opened in 1902 and stages opera, bal­let and clas­si­cal con­certs (face­book.com/ the­atremu­nic­i­palde­tu­nis).

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