Tunis is the capital and largest city of Tunisia. Located in the north of the country, it is only separated from the Mediterranean by the Lake of Tunis. The city is not only the political hub of the North African country, but also a popular holiday destination for city travellers and seaside holidaymakers alike. An exciting contrast of Mediterranean ambience, Oriental charm and European modernity characterise the cityscape. Oriental buildings, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, winding alleys and numerous souks dominate the medieval old town, while the colonial architecture of the French determines the image of the new town. Museums, archaeological sites and Carthage, only 15 kilometres away, are must-see places for culture lovers. The beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Tunis entice visitors to swim and sunbathe. The Lake of Tunis is especially recommended for families with small children. Also known as the Tunis Lagoon, the water here is calmer and shallower.