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What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

If you have children 6 and under, I highly recommend eating at "La Galette" because they have some toys for kids to play with and they also sell clothing articles. It's baby friendly and the food is a little pricey but delicious. If you google it you will find the information. Oudna and Dougga are the Roman ruins we visited that I highly recommend. Go get a spa service at Movenpick and they will let you use the pool (indoor and outdoor) this was our escape while in Tunisia. The view is breath taking and the beach is private. - Nov 26, 2014
Lots of beaches to go to, ruins to see. Carthage is full of incredible history! Many more sights to see if you travel outside of the capital, including the set where Star Wars was filmed. - Jul 29, 2013
Douggs is a great place to see ruins. I think it's more impressive than Carthage. - Jun 21, 2013
Many historical sites to visit in Dougga, El Jem, Oudna, Bulla Regia, Carthage and Tunis. Beaches all along the coast. Hunting in the mountainous areas and desert. Desert activities in the South. Biking, running, horseback riding, tennis, golf, sailing, jet skiing, and beach going. - Feb 3, 2012
Walk around La Marsa, Sidi Bou Said, Tunis medina, Tunis central market, beaches or old city in Hammamet, the ruins at Dougga, El Jem and Carthage (among many others), visit the south (especially the oasis of Ksar Ghilane), rug shopping in Kairouan, visit Djerba (an island in the south). - Jul 11, 2010
The beach, horseback riding, cheap trips to europe, Matmata (the site for Star Wars filming), Tozeur, the Sahara. - May 3, 2010
Roman ruins, Roman ruins...did I mention Roman ruins?In the summer, the beach, the embassy pool, exploring the medina, hamam, outdoor restaurants, trips out of town, excursions to the south. - Jan 13, 2010