Cheap Holidays to Tunisia
Tunisia is ideal for relaxing, sports and adventure. Make many new discoveries, research the history of Carthage in Hammamet, visit the broad sandy beaches of Djerba and see Monastir's 8th century Islamic constructions such as the Ribat Towers.
With miles of fine white sandy beaches, fascinating culture and amazing history, you will find more than enough to do on a holiday to Tunisia.
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Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate, guaranteeing warm waters, sunshine and gentle ocean breezes.
Summers can be very hot, particularly further south the closer you get to the Sahara, where the best time to visit the desert is in late autumn.
Winters are mild with temperatures rarely exceeding above 68ºF (20ºC), except in the south desert country. The best time to visit Tunisia is from March to November.
Out and About
From archaeological sites to championship golf courses, souks and medinas to glorious beaches, desert plains to green national parks; it's fair to say that Tunisia has a diverse landscape to support a wide range of activities and attractions.
Overlooking the Gulf of Tunis, the capital of Tunis is a wonderful blend of elegant boulevards and architecturally glamorous buildings which form the Ville Nouvelle and the chaotic maze of passageways surrounding the souks and mosques of the ancient Medina. Visit the Bardo National Musuem, one of the greatest museums in North Africa. On the outskirts of the city lies the city of Carthage, which dates back to 814BC; a remarkable archaeological treasure and indeed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Long white sand beaches and clear waters are perfect for soaking up the sun or enjoying watersports such as scuba diving and snorkelling, windsurfing, paragliding and jet skiing. Horse riding and camel riding is available from many of the beaches too. A favoured diving spot is the reef off of Tabarka Beach, to which you could take a boat trip from Porto Corallo marina or, there is a prestigious diving school at Monastir Beach.
The artisan centre of Kairouan is rich in history and islamic culture. The ancient medina, dating back to the 9th century, boasts magnificent architecture, dozens of mosques and hundreds of shops selling exquisite carpets and intricate hand crafted brass works and leather items.
For a fun day out with the family Carthageland, at Hammamet Yasmine, has a theme park, aqua park, a mini zoo and a discovery centre. For a more educational day, Djerba Explore Park, on the Isle of Djerba, is styled like a traditional village with shops and restaurants, an art and history museum and an ethnological centre.
Adventure and fabulous scenery can be found on the 19th century Red Lizard Train which takes you on a journey through the old mining country, from Metlaoui to Redeyef, through tunnels and over bridges, passing gorges, mountains and barren desert.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site worth visiting is the impressive remains of Dougga. See the stone streets, shops and markets, imagine the grandeur of the temples and prosperous life in this former mountainside village which was home to thousands of people.
Tunisia has a number of golf courses in beautiful surroundings including the Residence Golf Course on the outskirts of Carthage, which also has a thalasso spa; the Citrus Golf Courses set around lakes and forests near Hammamet; El Kantaoui Golf Course which enjoys panoramic ocean views and is just a short distance from the airport; Flamingo Golf Course overlooking the lakes of Monastir; the Tozeur Golf Course, a defining oasis on the edge of the Sahara Desert and the Djerba Golf Course, surrounded by the beaches of Djerba Island.
Out for Lunch!
Tunisian cuisine is a subtle combination of both French and Arabic cuisines, with staple ingredients of olive oil, spices, tomatoes and meat (in particular lamb). Dining in Tunisia whether it's in your hotel or a restaurant offers cuisines from all over the world alongside a variety of local dishes and specialities.
Here are some popular Tunisian dishes you can expect to find on the menu:-
Appetisers: Harissa, is a compote of hot dried chilli peppers; Salata Mechouis (grilled salad) has grilled sweet peppers, tomatoes and onion mix with olive oil, tuna and hard boiled egg; Brik, is a triangular envelope of crispy pastry containing minced lamb or beef, an egg and onion.
Main courses: Couscous, the Tunisian version is characterised by having finer grains and often spiced up with harissa (hot dried chilli peppers); grilled fish, with many restaurants putting an entire fish on the grill, the most common being Loup (Sea Bass), Dourade (Sea Bream) and Rouget (Red Mullet); Tajines, in Tunisia these are an egg based dish with chopped meat and are prepared like a cake, cooked in the oven, they are then seasoned with parsley, cheese or grilled peppers; koucha bil aallouch, is a shoulder of lamb with potato and kaftagi is meatballs with tomato and fried peppers, either very spicy or served with mint (bnadaq).
Desserts: There are often pastries based on nuts and honey which includes the Baklawa (Baklava in Greece and Turkey), a pastry made with filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and honey; Makroudh, is a sweet made with honey and has a date filling inside; also one of the most common Tunisian desserts is a simple plate of fresh seasonal fruit.
Fast foods: Ojja is a spicy stew made up with a variety of meats, tomatoes, harissa, onion, olive oil, garlic, peppers and egg. The Ojja Merguez is made with spicy lamb or beef and Ojja Royale includes a variety of seafood.
Flight Time - From London 2 hrs 35 mins, From Manchester 3 hrs 20 mins, From Glasgow 3 hrs 30 mins
Currency - Tunisian Dinar
Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Cafes - mixed
Best Time to Visit: May to October with June, July and August being hot
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