Tunisia holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn
December – February
March – May
June
November

Getting There

153 £GBP

LCY → TUN

Stay There

56 £GBP

4-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Up to 3 months

Currency
Tunisia, Dinar
1.00 USD = 2.46 TND
CURRENT WEATHER
Rain
+25°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 3 £GBP (15 min)

Bus: 0.5 £GBP (15 min)

Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 8 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 14 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.30 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.20 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 190
Police: 197

Why Tunisia

Following the events of the Arab Spring the tourism industry is making a recovery in Tunisia, however visitor numbers still remain historically low meaning this is the perfect time to take advantage of bargain prices on Tunisia holidays. What’s more this thriving Arab nation embraces tourism and follows a pro-Western path, offering modern beach resorts from Hammamet to Monastir.

For a small country in North Africa Tunisia has a lot going for it, from Tunis, the busy and cosmopolitan capital, the stunning Atlas Mountains and the ruins of Roman Carthage and those of Thysdrus at El Djem in the north, the Sahara landscapes of the interior, to the son-soaked island of Djerba in the south. Meanwhile the country’s Mediterranean Sea coast offer beautiful beaches and modern resorts such as Sousse.

When to go

Climate

The climate in Tunisia is temperate in the north of the country, with mild and rainy winters and summers that are hot and dry across a mountainous terrain. Tunisia’s centre is initially a hot, dry central plain which when you reach the south becomes desert merging with the Sahara. Across Tunisia temperatures range from a high of 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) in the summer months of July and August to an average winter low of 7 degrees Celsius (45 Fahrenheit) in January.

Where to go/stay

Tunis

The Tunisian capital features avenues and shopping as sophisticated as you’ll find anywhere in Europe, but it’s a different story in the Medina – the Arabic city centre – where the twisting alleys may have you needing a guide. Be sure to visit the covered souk markets and the Great Mosque and covered souk markets during your holidays in Tunisia, meanwhile out of town and a short drive from the centre is the ancient Roman city of Carthage, however little of it is left. A little further down the coast, the commercial town of Sfax offers an authentic insight into Tunisian culture.

Hammamet and Port El Kantaoui

Tunisia’s coastline is dotted with resorts of all kinds however if you were to hold a beauty contest Hammamet with its Moorish architecture would be a strong contender with its whitewashed houses leading down to equally white sand on a beach that runs for 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Popular since the 1920s everyone from Sophia Loren to Wallis Simpson has paid this beach-town a visit during the holidays to Tunisia. Further south is Port El Kantaoui - a place made to feel more cosmopolitan with its marina filled with super yachts lined by seafood restaurants.

Sousse and Skanes

Further down the coast are Sousse and Skanes, and both are endowed with beautiful beaches. Sousse’s ancient UNESCO-protected medina is perhaps the town’s highlight – surrounded by stone walls its streets are packed with shops selling complex pieces of jewelry, hand-woven rugs and leather goods. The medina also houses a holy mosque and a medieval Kasbah. Tunisia’s second biggest city, its history dates back 3,000 years and it is truly a place where history and contemporary meet. Outside the medina the new town is host to broad avenues and the port. The purpose-built resort of Skanes has a balmy Mediterranean climate and that has meant the pace of development here has been swift with many luxury hotels constructed in the past few years.

Djerba

Located off the south coast of Tunisia is the small island of Djerba. Like the mainland it features pristine white-sanded beaches – particularly on the east coast where the sand is lined with luxury hotels – as well as rich history in the form of ancient medinas, but its big advantage is the fact it attracts fewer holidaymakers making for peace and quiet on their Tunisia holidays. The island was described as the “land of the lotus-eaters” by Homer who went on to say it was so seductive people would never want to leave. The cobbled streets of capital, Hount Souk are also charming.

Things to do

Combine the hectic pace of life in the city with gorgeous beaches and amazing history and you have Tunisia.

You are sure to discover an amazing variety of scenery in Tunisia, from the cool Atlas Mountains in the north, the Ichkeul wetland reserve and vast salt lakes and the scorching Sahara Desert to the south during your holidays to Tunisia.

The La Marsa beach in Tunis has a variety of water sports on offer. Away from the beach taste the Tunisia’s national dish couscous before hitting downtown to experience the lively nightlife and cafés.

The Roman ruins at Carthage and El Djem’s huge Roman amphitheatre are just a sample of the incredible history on offer.

That history also can be found away from mainland Tunisia the island of Djerba features the fort of Borj El Kabir. While the resort towns almost universally feature medieval medinas and traditional markets.

A desert safari will take you deep into the Sahara’s sands on an exhilarating trip in a 4x4 jeep or for a slower pace take a camel ride.

Catch a train for breathtaking scenery in the gorges of Selja on your Tunisia holidays.

The sight of pink flamingos at the coast of Ras el R'Mel is unforgettable.