Given its proximity to Africa, you’ll enjoy sunshine and warm temperatures for most of the year. The north coast is blessed with Mediterranean conditions, with mild winters interspersed with the occasional drop of rain, and hot, sun-splashed summers. To the east, conditions become much drier, with much less rainfall. Travel south and the climate becomes drier still, with very little rain and much of the countryside being made up of desert or semi-desert. The coolest month is January, when the mercury drops to around 16°C, while July is the hottest, with temperatures peaking at around 31°C. December is the wettest month. Visit during August, if you want to make the most of warm sea temperatures.
Over 500 years old and once a small, fishing village, this sunny destination has everything you need for a fantastic break. Holidays to Hammamet are sun-splashed and relaxing. Known as ‘the garden resort’ the town itself is wreathed in orange, lemon, and olive trees, which seem to be growing on every street! When the morning sun heats the fruit up on the trees, the smell is amazing.
For those who want to top up their tans, you’ll find its coast is almost one sweep of white sand. Lapped by clear, blue waters and perfumed by the citrus groves that back them, the beaches are expansive and quiet; perfect for families and couples looking to enjoy some quality downtime together without the usual crowds.
While you might think that this stunning part of North Africa might be beyond your budget, holidays here are proof that you don’t need a rock-star’s pay-packet to be able to enjoy a slice of paradise.
Things to do
Holidays to Hammamet put you in the heart of an historic town, which is littered with remnants of its past and rich in atmosphere. The beaches are stunning stretches of white sands lapped by blue waters; perfect for anyone wanting to unwind and soak up the sun.
Despite a thriving tourist trade, this isn’t a noisy town and you won’t find much in the way of thumping nightclubs or crowded bars. Instead, there are some excellent restaurants in which to enjoy the exciting Tunisian cuisine and a few ambient, beachside bars in which to enjoy a drink and watch the sun set over the horizon.
However, if you want to get out and immerse yourself in the region’s culture and history, there’s plenty to see and do, whether you’re travelling with your family or better half.
Places to stay
Within Hammamet, you can explore the town itself or the resort of Yasmine Hammamet, which is found on the outskirts. They’re both lovely places to visit, home to beautiful beaches, sparkling seas and a unique character of their own. Hammamet was once a small fishing village, and it still has lots of traditional charm with its pretty marina and beautiful, untouched beaches. Yasmine Hammamet is loved by families, as it’s got everything you’d need to keep the little ones entertained. Yasmine Hammamet’s Medina has some fantastic shops, stalls and even an adventure park for the kids.
When you go on holiday here you can expect glorious sunshine throughout the year. The coolest month is January, when the mercury drops to around 16°C, while July is the hottest, with temperatures peaking at around 31°C. December is the wettest month, but still offers a warm climate.
Flights land at Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport, which is approximately 40km from the centre of the resort.
History Buffs: One of the oldest resorts in Tunisia, Hammamet is full of impressive remnants of its past. Pay a visit to Pupput, which holds the remains of a Roman settlement. Don’t forget to leave some time aside to visit the resort’s famous Kasbah.
Thrill-seekers: While the beautiful beaches are perfect for catching some rays, you’ll find there’s plenty to more to do. Choose from an astonishing array of water sports, including water-skiing and windsurfing or choose something a little more out-of-the-ordinary, such as taking a ride on a camel.
Romance: With a stunning backdrop and some outstanding restaurants, this beautiful town has long been attracting honeymooners and couples to its shores. Take a ride around the town in a horse and carriage, before enjoying a meal under the stars in a beachside restaurant.
Language: The official language spoken in Tunisia is Arabic. However, with a long association with France, French is also widely spoken. While Tunisians seem particularly adept at languages and tend to be fluent in English, it’s worth packing a phrasebook for those simple but essential phrases.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your pennies and pounds for Tunisian Dinars, before zipping off on your holiday.
Local time: There is no time difference between the UK and this part of Tunisia.
Fly to: Flights land at Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport, which is located about 40 minutes from the centre of the resort.
Flight time from UK: Approximately three hours.
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here https://www.tourismtunisia.com/hammamet-travel-guide/.
Visa / health: Before you travel, click here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
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On foot: Walking is the best way to see the old town and explore shops in the centre.
By bus: The bus service is reliable and regular. You can pick up bus schedules from the tourist office in town, which is conveniently located right next to the bus station.
By taxi: Taxis are in plentiful supply and can be hailed from the roadside or booked in advance. It’s worth agreeing the fare before you travel or ensure that the meter has been set back to zero, as it can save arguments when you get to where you’re going.
By louage: The Tunisian answer to car-sharing, louages are mini-vans that take groups of passengers all going to the same place. While these are good if you’re travelling beyond the resort, taxis are a better bet for getting around town.
International Festival of Hammamet: Visit between July and August and you could be treated to the sights and sounds of the International Festival of Hammamet. A five-week festival it attracts luminaries from the worlds of jazz and theatre from all over the planet. Held in the International Cultural Centre, which as once a sprawling, 1920s villa, there are performances throughout the day and into the night. Expect everything from laid-back music to exciting theatrical productions and breath-taking ballet performances.
Yasmine Hammamet Festival: Held on the 12th July, this is the most significant celebration in the Tunisian calendar. A gigantic jamboree that is dedicated to all things Arabian and artistic, you can expect live music, art exhibitions, poetry recitals, colourful parades, sizzling street-food, and fantastic fireworks.