Holidays to Tunisia

Located in North Africa, Tunisia sits on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and is a fantastic destination for sun, sea and sand, as well as being rich in culture, history and natural beauty. The resorts promise sweeping beaches, blue waters and balmy days making Tunisia a must-visit for holidaymakers looking for a relaxing break.

The country offers great adventure too and is home to a fascinating blend of Arabic, Islamic and European culture and a history that can be traced back to the Roman Empire. It also boasts stunning views and an extreme landscape that ranges from rolling hills of lush woodland to a sea of desert. Tourists can experience the Sahara on camelback, discover archaeological sites or explore the picturesque towns and medinas. Regardless of taste and age, you are sure to discover a Tunisian activity to suit you.

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Food & Drink

Delicious Tunisian cuisine is a unique combination of both French and Arabic cooking. Primary ingredients include generous amounts of olive oil, spices, tomatoes and meats. Lamb is particularly popular and the aromatic lamb tagine dish is very popular. Spicy couscous is also a favourite and if you are looking to taste some authentic street food then why not try a Fricassé, a savoury fried doughnut stuffed with tuna, egg, olives, harissa and boiled potato. If you have a sweet tooth, then the fluffy yoyos, a kind of fried cookie, are a must try.

Many Tunisian hotels and restaurants also serve food from around the world as well as local, traditional dishes. Parched holidaymakers can sip Tunisian fruit tea, which is widely served, and for those who fancy something a little stronger, a glass of fine Muscat wine comes highly recommended.

Nightlife

Tunisia offers a diverse nightlife scene throughout its resorts to suit couples who fancy a cocktail with a romantic view, groups of party people or families looking for entertainment to suit all ages. Sousse offers a vibrant and lively atmosphere and is home to bars and nightclubs, like the well-known outdoor Bora Bora club where holidaymakers can witness acrobatics and fire performances, then dance all night to world-class DJs!

Port El Kantaoui is a great spot for a drink at one of the many chic bars located around the marina and the Hammamet Sud area promises an exciting night of dance music and party vibes as it is where you will find the most nightclubs and bars.

There’s plenty of night-time fun on offer for families too as many hotels in Tunisia present a variety of entertainment shows in their on-site bars, this includes live music, DJs and performances, perfect for families of all ages.

Activities

Tunisia boasts some of the best beaches in North Africa with miles of white sand and clear waters, ideal for relaxing in the sun, taking a dip or getting involved in water sports like windsurfing or jet skiing. Snorkelling and scuba diving are also popular. Both beginners and experienced divers can take lessons at diving schools across the resorts, heading out on trips to witness Tunisia’s marine life and incredible reefs.

For family fun, head to Carthageland at Hammamet Yasmine. It is home to a theme park, aqua park, a mini zoo and discovery centre. The perfect place to create long-lasting memories on your holiday to Tunisia. There’s also the Djerba Explore Park which invites you to explore the country’s history and includes a traditional village with shops and restaurants, an art and history museum and even a Crocodile Park; an entertaining day trip for all of the family.

If Golf is your sport, many Tunisian resorts boast championship courses in beautiful surroundings including the Citrus Golf Courses which are located around the lakes and forests near Hammamet. The Tozeur Golf Course, which rests on the edge of the Sahara Desert, is also impressive.

Organised desert safaris are available for the more adventurous. Take a trip across the rolling sand dunes in a 4x4 and explore the wondrous and unspoilt landscape of the Sahara. Camel rides are also available and holidaymakers are welcome to plod through the sand, sleep under the stars and visit a traditional Bedouin tribe for a tea break.

Popular Resorts

Djerba

A small Mediterranean island located off the coast of Tunisia, Djerba offers holidaymakers miles of palm-lined, unspoilt beaches. Hotel-owned, private beaches can be found in the Zone Touristique, and quieter beaches can be found between Aghir and el-Kantara. The capital of Houmt Souk is popular with tourists due to its charming, cobbled streets, antique shops and colourful souks. The Ras R’mal peninsula, known as Flamingo island, is a great spot for witnessing nature as well as taking a swim.

Hammamet

Hammamet and its sister resort Yasmine Hammamet are both fantastic Tunisian destinations that offer beautiful beaches, water sports, and a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. It’s also home to an impressive walled Medina where you can practice your haggling skills. There’s plenty to do for families too like the Flipper Aquapark and the Carthageland theme park in nearby Yasmine Hammamet.

Mahdia

A traditional resort, Mahdia revolves around it’s working harbour where holidaymakers can sit back and watch the world go by. There’s also a 7km long stretch of beach, ideal for those who want a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere - although there’s also the opportunity for exciting water sports! If you fancy a bargain, the town’s medina is a bustling, traditional marketplace where you can haggle for unique trinkets, kaftans and leather goods to name a few.

Port El Kantaoui

A stylish resort, Port El Kantaoui offers a stunning marina, trendy cafes and restaurants serving delicious seafood and is also home to a PGA-standard golf course. The resort has two beaches, one on the north side and a smaller beach to the south which is perfect for soaking up the sun and taking part in water sports. Port El Kantaoui is only a short drive from El Jam too, which is home to a well-preserved and world-famous Roman Amphitheatre. A UNESCO world heritage site, the amphitheatre could hold 35,000 spectators and was used in the film Gladiator.

Skanes

Skanes is a quiet resort, ideal for families and couples looking for a relaxed destination with great soft sand beaches. Many of the hotels own private sections of the beach and water sports are available. If you prefer dry-land activities, you’ll find plenty to do including golf, dune buggying, go-karting and camel rides. Holidaymakers interested in the history and culture of Tunisia should take a day trip to the old Town of Monastir.

Sousse

A historically rich city, Sousse is home to fascinating heritage sites including the 1,200-year-old medina where you’ll find a range of handcrafted goods and Berber rugs, as well as an impressive fortress. Holidaymakers can relax at Boujafaar Beach before enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at one of the many restaurants along the esplanade. It’s also home to a fantastic nightlife and world-class clubs.

Useful Information

The flight time from the UK to Tunisia is only around 3.5 hours long, ideal for a holiday with younger children.

The local currency in Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar. As always, we recommend that you shop around to find the best conversion rate before your holiday.

The local language of Tunisia is Arabic, however many staff in the hotels and resorts speak some English, so navigating and communicating should be without issue for English-speaking tourists.

It is advised that holidaymakers should check with their healthcare provider for relevant vaccination advice before booking your holiday to Tunisia.

On the 1st of January 2018, a sustainable tourism tax has been applied to all overnight stays and is now payable on arrival in the hotel for all guests aged 12 or over and is also dependent on the star rating of the hotel.

There is also a Tunisian Departure Tax, as of October 2014, which is payable when departing Tunisia.
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