This fascinating land of colour and contrast offers far more than just 700 miles of sandy beaches, lapped by crystal clear waters. From atmospheric souks, water sports and water parks to stunning Roman ruins and an unbelievably rich history, not to mention Tunisia‘s mystical Saharan South, Tunisia is home to an abundance of captivating attractions.
And just a 3 hour flight from London.
The leading tourist resorts of Tunisia are in the eastern coast of the country. Hammamet, Yasmine Hammamet, Port El Kantaoui, Sousse, Skanes, Monastir and Mahdia are perhaps the best known in the UK as well as the Island of Djerba.
Hammamet is Tunisia’s best known and most developed resort. Renowned for its vast beaches of fine sand and beautiful sparkling turquoise seas, it’s a well-established holiday resort with unlimited opportunities for entertainment, an interesting medina and plenty of ways to get a true taste of Tunisia.
Yasmine Hammamet is Tunisia’s newest resort and it is a resort designed for style.
Situated just south of Hammamet, it has been created around a 740-berth marina and is mostly made up four and five star luxury hotels and a high-class residential complex. It has a stylish, elegant, Mediterranean atmosphere with plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities. There is a sophisticated medina and the marina is full of classy colour and interest. For those travelling with children, Carthage Land, a theme park with thrilling rides, and Blue Ice, the only ice rink in Tunisia, are a must. The resort also boasts many spa centres, easy access to golf courses and many miles of golden sandy beaches.
Sousse and Port El Kantaoui
Sousse is one of Tunisia’s oldest resorts and the harbour was built over 2500 years ago whilst the adjoining resort of Port El Kantaoui is one of the newest with a smart, purpose-built marina. Both the harbour and the marina are the focus of activities in each resort – the marina for its swanky yachts, waterfront restaurants, ice-cream parlours and chic boutiques; the historic harbour at Sousse as the nucleus around which visitors find a historic 9th century Ribat fortress, busy souks, medina, a mosaics museum, cafes and bars.
The white sandy beaches of both resorts are relaxed well-equipped for watersports and the tourism infrastructure in both is good for lively evenings with varied entertainment.
Monastir and Skanes
Monastir is a small modern city sat along the edge of a bright turquoise sea.
Monastir is built on a peninsula and overlooked by its large medieval fort, the Ribat – one of Tunisia’s most impressive monuments. Its leading beach area is Skanes where there are vast fine sand beaches with good quality, well-equipped hotels. Here visitors find plenty of water sport opportunities from sailing and windsurfing to parascending and jet skiing and there are plenty of kids’ clubs to keep the children busy.
Monastir has a charming fishing port and fabulous marina where yachts moor from around the world. Former president, Habib Bourguiba was born here and his legacy is celebrated all around the city, in particular his mausoleum.
Mahdia’s fishing port is one of the largest in Tunisia and the local speciality sardine is caught by lamplight which makes an impressive seascape at night. Built at rock level on a narrow peninsula, the resort was traditionally a silk weaving town with an illustrious past as the capital of the Fatimid dynasty.
Quieter than the other key resorts, echoes of its glory days remain – both in its faded style and historic fortifications and in its wealth of culture and tradition, but the tourism infrastructure are good. It is also famous for its seafront cemetery.
Djerba offers something quite distinct: palm trees and a culture and way of life of its own.
Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and its idyllic beaches Djerba has all the attractions of a classic holiday destination – watersports, spas, golf, historic sites and cultural interest – and is also easily connected to the mainland for those who want to explore further.
Tunisia Is Great For…
Sun, sea and sand, plus well-equipped hotels with pools, playgrounds and kids’ clubs mean Tunisia is well-established as a family holiday destination.
Tunisia’s holiday infrastructure and its year round climate mean it has plenty to offer families and good value family-friendly hotels abound with children’s pools and playgrounds and buffet style dining allowing children to see and select food that looks familiar to them with ease.
Tunisia is dripping with cultural interest. It has a rich and varied heritage and plenty of cultural sites for sight-seeing fans to explore. Tourism officials are keen to raise the profile of their cultural attractions and as a result monuments, archaeological sites and museums are all well preserved and well maintained.
Although it is seen as a modern tourist destination, some of Tunisia’s most stunning attractions date back thousands of years. With 3000 years of history, Tunisia boasts everything from ancient medinas and impressive archaeological ruins to holy shrines and the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics.
Visitors who like to spend some of their time visiting cultural attractions will be well catered for in Tunisia. Many of Tunisia’s leading historic sites and visitor attractions are World Heritage Sites.
Spa facilities are now something of a holiday essential for many travellers and Tunisia has made sure it stays ahead of this trend with almost 50 centres in place across the country, and is 2nd only to France for the number of Thalassotherapy centres! A wide range of treatments are available and there is plenty of quiet relaxation and luxury pampering.
Active and Adventurous
With 700 miles of coastline, desert, mountains and national parks, Tunisia has plenty to attract the adventurous. Whether it’s walking, trekking, cycling or diving, Tunisia is an exciting option for those looking for a journey of discovery.
Tunisia is rapidly gaining a reputation as a leading golf destination thanks to its year-round temperate climate, a choice of ten good quality and championship golf courses and reasonably priced green fees. Golfing options can be easily added to family holidays, incentive or conference packages to suit all abilities.
Haggling is all part of the shopping experience in Tunisia and visitors soon get into the swing of bargaining with local shopkeepers in a good humoured, friendly way. Otherwise, you could look for fixed price shops.