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situation is far more settled – it is more than three years since the terror attacks, and one since the Foreign Office rescinded its advice against visiting.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).