Rain, rain and more rain. No that’s not what makes Tunisia great, it’s what’s happening in the UK and it shows no signs of slowing up. But it’s not all doom and gloom, because if your thoughts are turning away from the bad weather to cheap guaranteed sun holidays, you should definitely check out what bargain breaks Tunisia has to offer.
Far more than a string of superb coastal resorts – which it has in abundance – Tunisia is a nation steeped in rich history with an exotic blend of cultures and the wonder of the Sahara on its doorstep. Read on to discover the delights of the country known as the ‘gateway to Africa’. Here is all the essential info you will need to know!
Do as much or as little as you like
There’s a reason that seven million sun-seekers go on Tunisia holidays every year. Whether you just want to relax by the pool in an all-inclusive resort or head off on madcap adventures into the dunes; you can do all this while enjoying the benefits of almost 10 hours of warm sunshine every day.
At the Northern-most tip of Africa, and only a 2 ½ hour flight from the UK, Tunisia provides the kind of exotic excitement that European destinations can’t always capture. From bartering in the bustling markets of Tunis to unwinding in a traditional public bath, you’ll certainly feel like you’re a million miles away from commuting in the pouring rain.
With such diverse landscapes to enjoy, you might feel like you’ve visited three different countries in three days on your package holidays to Tunisia. The gentle plains of the north are a paradise for nature lovers while the soft sands of the coast turn to lush forests and picturesque lakes teeming with flamingos. Some of the well-preserved ruins of Roman architecture in the North give a stark contrast to the intoxicating sights of the vast desert in the South.
Top things to see and do:
1. A sunset camel ride through the breath-taking Saharan dunes
2. Watch flamingos, storks, heron and even buffalo at Lake Ichkeul
3. Soak up the rays on the beautiful Sidi Bou Saïd beach
4. Visit the amazing collection of Roman artefacts at the Bardo Museum
5. Trek the Midès Gorge and cool off with a swim under the 10m high waterfalls
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 ½ hours
Hours of sunshine a day: 10 (on average)
Best time to go: November to April
Require vaccinations: Only Yellow Fever, and that’s if you’ve visited a risk area recently.
Visa: UK residents can turn up and get their passport stamped on the day.
Currency: Tunisian dinar (TD)
Fun fact: The desert scenes in Star Wars – A New Hope were filmed in the Ksour region of Tunisia. May the force be with you on your next holiday…