Tunis is a compact city and while Tunisia is predominantly Islamic in religion, is a westernized city displaying a strong French influence. In fact, understanding some French is very useful for any tourist outside major hotels. The Medina, a complex walled area with narrow streets, lined with shops, is at the heart of the old city. The more recently built areas are more European in appearance, with a wide central boulevard, a grid structure of streets, cafes and some excellent 1920's colonial buildings. Finding your way around, especially using the tram system, is very easy.
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