The small village of Tunis (‘izbat Tunis) is located in the oasis of Fayoum , on the way to Wadi Rayan. Located on a hill facing a large salt water lake, the village overlooks a stunning view of the edge of the desert on the other side of the lake. It is one of the most beautiful places in Egypt.
In the 1980s, Evelyne Porret, a potter from Switzerland, moved here with her husband Michel Pastore, and built a house and pottery studio. She was the first potter in the village, and trained many of the local children in the craft of pottery. Several of her students ended up creating their own pottery studio.
Over the last thirty years, artists, painters, writers, journalists and others from Cairo and elsewhere, have built mud-brick houses in the village, as well as an Art Center which all contribute to Tunis’ lively artistic feel. Today, the village counts a School, more than ten Pottery Studios, and hosts an annual Pottery Festival
Fayoum Art Center:
Fayoum Art Center is a Non Profit Organization founded by Egyptian artist, Mohamed Abla in 2006, inspired by the International Summer Academy in Salzburg where Abla taught for several years. Fayoum Art Center is dedicated to connecting artists locally, regionally and internationally through the creation of art. It does so by providing several large studio spaces, art library, living areas and a communal dining room which fosters the collaboration between its participants. The center is also home to the first Caricature Museum in the Middle East, which holds a vast collection of caricatures by artists such as Saroukhan, George El Bahgoury and Ahmed Toughan. The museum has informative panels that describe the exhibits.
Entrance Fees : 20 EGP per person – 15 EGP per person for a group of 10 pax or more – 10EGP per person for a group of 20 pax or more.
Guided tours inside the museum or large groups are with appointment…for inquiries contact 01120021213 or [email protected]
Tunis Village Annual Handicrafts Festival
Tunis pottery festival is an annual event which takes place every autumn and brings together gifted artists-potters from Tunis, Cairo and other parts of Egypt, traditional artisans from rural villages, as well as creative potters from other countries. The festival offers participants a unique opportunity to explore the importance and value of different forms of pottery, learn from peers in a cross-cultural environment, create and experiment together, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Egyptian potters and pottery today.
Tunis offers several Guest Houses and lodges, for more info please follow this link
as well as a wide range of activities from Bird watching to Horse Riding
Horse Riding Lovers
Les Chevaux Du Lac is a great Place for horseback riding in and around the Stunning Tunis Village. the center is offering all kinds of horseback riding – for adults or kids, for well-riders or beginners.
Contact Mohamed for more info and prices: 01002094774
Bird Watching trips in Fayoum
Since 2008 Ahmed Mansour Local bird watching guide has been guiding and organizing bird watching trips throughout the Fayoum region.
Ibis Cooking School & Restaurant:
Located at Mahmoud Youssef Pottery Atelier. Ibis cooking School & Restaurant bring you a complete experience of all senses set in a scenic environment by blending the art of cooking with the art of pottery and by doing so, we develop the next generation of skilled chefs and potters.
The cooking school is still in the process of getting funding to establish the training kitchen, but hopefully the cooking school will open summer 2019. The restaurant is operational already since the pottery festival last November 2018.
*For more information and reservations, please contact Mirjam van IJssel on +2 0122 345 3080
Go Biking in and around Tunis Village
The Perfect way to get around Tunis village is on bicycle. Tunis Bike is located just beside Kom ElDikka Agri Lodge and it offers a wide variety of bikes ranging from mountain bikes to speed bikes. Delivery service of bikes to the hotels, villa in and around Tunis village is also available.
One Hour = 50 EGP
Full day from 8 am to 8 pm = 200 EGP
Contact Mohamed Salah on 0102 797 7789.