Tunisian Culture

A synthesis of various civilizations, Carthage and Rome to mention only the most prestigious ones, Tunisia has always been distinguished by intense cultural activity.

Berber, Arab, African and European influences have shaped the Tunisian cultural identity. Although Islam is prevailing, all other great religions coexist peacefully in Tunisia. Jewish and Christian communities freely observe their rites and contribute to enriching the diversity of the Tunisian culture. Warm and hospitable, Tunisians are always available and ready to lend a hand.

Tunisia’s cultural heritage has many attractive facets

Tunisian music

Tunisian music is very diverse and has been influenced by Andalusian, Turkish and Arabic rhythms. Arabic classical music, Malouf can be heard in the old palaces or in cafes in the street while classical music resounds in the St Louis cathedral of Carthage converted into the Acropolium or in the Roman coliseum of El Djem. In Sidi Bou Said, you can hear the creation of contemporary Tunisian masters while in Tabarka during the festival, you can enjoy jazz and music of the world.

Tunisian National Costumes

In most Tunisian regions, women’s costumes are largely varied and highly refined. Weaving and embroidery vary from one region to another. The used fabrics are adapted to needs and circumstances (brocade, silk, velvet, wool, cotton and linen).


Tunisian Architecture

Tunisian cities, both old and new have been built with many unique styles of architecture. Tunis has since long been famous for its beautiful gates and windows. While the houses might be simple and minimalistic, wealth was centered to the workmanship of these wooden elelements. The dominating colours for doors are blue and beige, while windows are dominated by blue.



Tunisian Handicrafts

Copper, wool, ceramics, jewelry and leather are the basic materials of Tunisian handicrafts. Chrome plated copper and bronze are used to produce different wares including pestles, candelabras and saber’s handles. Tunisian carpets are quality handicrafts. Different types of high pile carpets are available including the Berber gatifa carpet, the mergoum widely used in central and southern Tunisia and the alloucha traditionally manufactured in Kairouan. Working with clay is highly developed in the Cap Bon area in particular.


Tunisian festivals

A Festival is the expression of cultural inheritance. It used to accompany certain events of life such as marriages or religious celebrations. Today, it aims at developing Tunisian’ cultural assets and national and regional identities. There are forty festivals in the country mainly in the summer time. Each festival has a dimension or a set theme such as handicrafts, theatre, and symphonic music. The most significant festivals are: the international Festival of Carthage, the international festival of Hammamet, both in July and August, the cinematographic and theatrical days of Carthage in October , the Festival of the médina of Tunis during Ramadan, the Jazz Festival of Tabarka in July, the symphonic Festival of music of El Djem in August, the international Festival of the Sahara in Douz in December, the Festival of the horse in Sidi Bouzid in June, the international Festival of the oases in Tozeur in November, the Festival of Ksours in Tataouine in April, the hawking Festival of El Haouaria in June, the Festival of Ulysse in Djerba, the Festival of the oases of mountain in Tamerza in March... Festivals reveal facets of the personality of the area or country. They constitute great cultural events.




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Tunisian gastronomy

The successive races who have lived and intermarried have helped, with their various tastes and customs, influence the Tunisian cuisine. The Tunisian gastronomy is the result of rare combinations mixing local know-how and the contributions of various origins at various times. The Tunisian cuisine was enriched throughout the centuries by the contributions of the people who came in the country. For example, the Berbers’ impact is very significant as they brought couscous to Tunisia. Tunisian cuisine is based on olive oil and spices whose suitable mixture and erudite proportioning achieved miracles, transforming simple and inexpensive products into refined dishes. Like all Mediterranean countries, Tunisian cuisine depends not only on olive oil, spices and tomatoes but also on a great assortment of fishes and meats. It draws its inspiration from various sources particularly Berber, Arab, Turkish and even Italian.




The national dish remains obviously the couscous. It is a semolina cooked with the vapor and sprinkled, after cooking with a sauce. The seeds can be large, average or fine. It is specifically the sauce which, by its contents, makes the infinite variety of the couscous: vegetables, fish, octopuses, lamb, beef, chicken...



Fish is variously prepared from simple grilling to the most elaborate preparation. Pampered by miles of coast and a unpolluted and generous sea, seafood is a mainstay of the Tunisia diet. The varieties of seafood are endless and each region has its recipes and secrets for preparation..

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