Summer School: June 17-21, 2019
Conference : June 24-28, 2019

Carthage Beit al Hikma Ports puniques Sidi Bou Said

Practical information

Venue : the Tunisian Academy Beit al-Hikma, 25, Avenue de la République, Carthage Hannibal, Tunisia.

A map of Carthage and Sidi Bou Said, with the locations of the conference hall and of the three hotels where the participants will stay.

TGM: suburban train linking la Marsa, Sidi Dhrif, Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, La Goulette (the port of Tunis) and the city of Tunis.

Bus Stops and Schedule

A bus chartered by the conference will provide transportation between hotels Sidi Bou Said and Dar Said and the conference venue Beit al Hikma (a ride of about 10 minutes).
The bus will stop in front of hotel Sidi Bou Said.
Hotel Dar Said being located in a pedestrian zone, the bus stop is located at the big circle down the hill (500 meters from the hotel), as shown on this map.
Hotel Villa Didon is located 800 meters from Beit al Hikma, a nice walk down the hill in the morning, as shown on this map. There will be no bus ride for this hotel.

Bus Schedule : 8h30 at Hotel Sidi Bou Said - 8h45 at Beit al Hikma - 9h at the big circle stop near Hotel Dar Said - 9h10 at Hotel Sidi Bou Said - 9h25 at Beit al Hikma - 9h40 at Hotel Sidi Bou Said - 9h55 at Beit al Hikma. The bus has only 29 seats.

If you miss the bus, you can either take the suburban train TGM (in the direction of Tunis, stop at Carthage Hannibal) or a taxi.

Taxi are completely yellow. They must all have a number on the roof, and a counter. See here for useful information about taxi.

Local currency

The local currency is the dinar. Some prices are indicated in millimes (thousandths), but there is no risk of ambiguity. The dinar is not a convertible currency, so you can only get it in Tunisia. You can exchange all international currencies, whether at the airport, at banks or even at your hotel (for a small fee). The exchange rate is available here.
To exchange dinars into international currencies, you must keep proof of your initial exchange. It's better to exchange exactly what you need. As an indication, a meal in a restaurant costs between 25 dinars (for a popular restaurant) and 100 dinars (for a gourmet restaurants, not counting wine).

You can pay with an international credit card in hotels, some restaurants and department stores. There are many self-service ATMs where you can withdraw dinars (with high fees, like everywhere). You can not exchange currencies in your hotel with a credit card. You need to bring cash.


Carthage Ruins Walking Tour

The picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said, a vivid illustration of Edward Said's Orientalism. Map

Tunis Orientation Walk

Medina of Tunis. This sprawling maze of ancient streets and alleyways is one of the most impressive medieval medinas in North Africa and one of Tunisia's great treasures.

Palazzo Disegni. Located in the heart of Tunis, Radhia Haddad Street, behind the Palmarium and the Municipal Theater, the Disegni building was built in 1908 by the architect Auguste Peters on behalf of Adolphe Disegni, a notable member of the Italian community. Due to lack of maintenance, the Disegni building has lost its former glory, but it still remains a building with a unique architectural style.

Bardo Museum. The museum houses one of the finest and largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world.

Restaurants and Cafés around Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

The restaurant of Villa Didon (€€€€), Rue Mendes France, Carthage. +216 71 733 433

Dar Zarrouk (€€€€), (very close from hotel Dar Said) Rue Larbi Zarrouk, Sidi Bou Said. +216 71 740 591

The restaurant of Hotel Sidi Bou Said (€€), Sidi Dhrif. +216 71 740 411

The Cliff (Tripadvisor €€€), (very close from hotel Sidi Bou Said) Rue Sidi Dhrif, la Corniche, La Marsa. +216 24 777 040

Café des Nattes, Rue Sidi Bou Fares, Sidi Bou Said. +216 71 749 661

Café des délices, (Nice view but bad service) Impasse Sidi Chaabane, Sidi Bou Said.

Uranium Café d'art near Beit al Hikma and the cultural center of Carthage Dermech.

Restaurants in La Goulette

La Goulette is the port of Tunis, located between Carthage and Tunis, 5km from Carthage. It is a popular suburb with many moderately priced fish and seafood restaurants along the seashore. You can go there by the suburban train TGM.

La Plage (€€) a popular fish restaurant with a beautiful terrace on the seashore.

La Bohëme (Tripadvisor €€€€), Mediterranean and European.

Le Cafe Vert (Tripadvisor €€€) fish and seafood restaurant.

Restaurants and Cafés in Tunis

Dar El Jeld, probably the best restaurant in Tunis (Tripadvisor €€€€€), in the Medina : 5, Rue Dar El Jeld, Tunis. +216 71 560 916. You may also try the Roof top bar and restaurant of hotel Dar El Jeld which belongs to the same family (slightly less expensive) +216 70 01 61 90

El Ali (Tripadvisor €€), in the Medina : 45 bis rue Jemaâ Zitouna, Tunis. +216 71 321 927

Dar Belhadj (Tripadvisor €€€€), in the Medina : 17, Rue des Tamis. + 216 71 200 894

Chez Slah, one of the best fish restaurants in Tunis (€€€), 14 Bis Rue Pierre de Coubertin, Tunis. +216 71 258 588

Restaurants of Tunis a selection of gourmet restaurants in Sidi Bou Said, La Goulette and Tunis.

El Haouaria

An excursion will be organized on Saturday June 22 to the coastal town of El Haouaria (2 hours by Bus from Carthage). There will be a hike, a lunch in La Daurade restaurant and a visit to the caves. We will also see one of the oldest olive trees in the world.


A. Abbes (CNRS & IHÉS), C. Breuil (CNRS, Orsay), M. Harris (Columbia University),
A. Mézard (Sorbonne Université), T. Saito (University of Tokyo)

Organized in partnership with

Investissements d?Avenir Universite Paris-Saclay