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Hammamet Holidays

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.

16°C to 31°C °C

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.

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Flights land at Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport, which is approximately 40km from the centre of the resort.

Discover Hammamet on the south-eastern coast of the Cap Bon peninsula. There’s stunning blue waves, soft, white sand beaches and plenty of historic culture to enjoy.  

Recommended offers in Hammamet

SENTIDO Aziza Beach Golf & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult Only 16yrs+
  • Free shuttle to nearby golf courses
  • Indoor pool and thalassotherapy centre

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Based on 1577 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 53 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Les Orangers Beach Resort & Bungalows

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Surrounded by orange and lemon trees
  • 50m to shops, bars and restaurants
  • 24hr All Inclusive

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2307 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 141 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Medina Belisaire & Thalasso Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 200m from the beach
  • 'Dine Around' concept
  • Thalassotherapy centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2127 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 51 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Bel Azur Hammamet

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Situated on the beachfront
  • Outdoor bar perched above the beach
  • Themed à la carte restaurant

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1157 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

SENTIDO Phenicia

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Set in beautiful and lush gardens
  • Superb private sandy beach
  • A range of activities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 7174 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 118 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Steigenberger Marhaba Thalasso Hammamet

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • Choice of à la carte restaurants
  • A range of activities

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Based on 1634 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

SENTIDO Le Sultan

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Modern and contemporary style
  • Seafood and Asian speciality restaurants
  • 3.5km from Hammamet centre

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Based on 2358 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 15 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Les Orangers Gardens Villas & Bungalows

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Newly opened hotel
  • Modern and contemporary style
  • 24hr All Inclusive

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2307 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

The Sindbad

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Moorish style with contemporary touches
  • Courtesy bus to local golf courses
  • Indoor pool and spa packages available

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 768 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Royal Nozha Hotel

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Outdoor pool with hydro massage section
  • Tropical garden setting
  • Beach restaurant

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 396 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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.

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.

Its only beach is an arc of glorious, golden sand, backed by lush vegetation and gently lapped by temperate, azure waters. It’s the ideal backdrop against which to get some serious tanning done, but there are plenty of other things to do. You can take a camel-back ride along the shore or enjoy a variety of water sports, such as kayaking and water-skiing. Close to the beach, lining the medina walls, you’ll find several cafés and restaurants, in which to enjoy a leisurely lunch or a cheeky, pre-dinner snifter.


The Puppet Roman Site is like no other archaeological site you’ve ever visited. A heaven for history buffs, this ongoing dig is continuing to uncover the remains of a Roman settlement. You’ll be able to see cisterns, pipework, hammams and aqueducts that all date as far back as the 5th Century. 

The necropolis, which is the largest in the country, is housed inside the impressive House of Figured Peristyle. There, you’ll see an astonishing array of tombs, with floors and caskets that are decorated with elaborate mosaics, which have retained their colour, in spite of the dust and the passage of time. The dig is continually staffed by a team of archaeologists, who will cheerfully act as your guide for an hour or two. Should you see one digging away, feel free to ask them for their insights, but be prepared to give them a small fee for their time.

If you’re taking your children, the chances are that you’ll want to enjoy some family-friendly entertainment. The Aquapark Flipper waterpark is a perfect spot to take kids of all ages, from excitable toddlers to surly teenagers. Just over 5km from town, it’s a 10-minute drive, or you can catch one of the local buses or jump in a taxi. The park throws its doors open between May and October and welcomes visitors between 9am and 4.30pm.

As one of the most popular attractions in the area, it does get very busy, so it’s worth going early or even towards the end of the day, when the crowds are starting to thin out. The park acts as home to 13 world-class waterslides, which are superb fun for those with a taste for adrenaline. Test your nerves against the vertical drop that is the Kamikaze, zig and zag along 60m of twisting slide on the Tourbillon, and whiten your knuckles with a speedy trip through the Black Hole. 
There are age-appropriate attractions for younger visitors, such as the laid-back Mini Crazy River and the Mini Twister, both of which can be found in the Mini Parc. Don’t worry about bringing a packed lunch; the Aquapark Flipper has its own restaurant, two snack bars and an onsite café.

Built in the 13th Century, the Kasbah is a must-see attraction for anyone taking their holidays to Hammamet. Made from a combination of earth and masonry and painted in traditional, Tunisian whitewash, you’ll find the Kasbah at the north-western end of the medina, not too far from the beach. 

It began life as an imposing fortress, protecting this part of the coast from potential invaders. By the 15th Century it had become the living quarters of the city’s governor. With the advent of gunpowder, the Kasbah returned to military use from the 16th Century to the 19th Century and acted as home to the city’s garrisons and more than a few cannons. 
Today, it is one of the most popular attractions in Tunisia, giving visitors a chance to dip a toe back into the region’s past. While you might be expecting a rabbit-warren of empty alleys and rooms, the Kasbah is very much alive. The soldiers and ammunition stores have been replaced by shops, whose keepers sell a variety of goods and mementos. Be prepared to have your haggling head on, as it’s a part of the traditional Tunisian shopping experience. 

Observant visitors might notice some of the walls painted with lines of fish. Follow the shoals and you’ll find yourself in the arty quarter of the Kasbah, where you can buy original artworks and handcrafted items. With cafés and restaurants tucked away in the whitewashed backstreets, the Kasbah is an easy and fascinating place in which to spend a few hours.

If you love to shop the Hammamet Medina is the place to go! A walled-in network of stalls, shops and markets, it’s the perfect place to hunt out a bargain or two. Haggling is more-or-less the norm in the medina, so be prepared to stand your ground and see if you can buy your goods at rock-bottom prices! Whatever you’re looking for, it’s likely to be sold in the medina. You can buy everything from drums and bracelets, to clothes and food. 
Want to unknot some tired muscles? With traditional, Tunisian hammams still in operation, you can book yourself in for an age-old experience. The rooms in hammams vary in temperature, starting out hot and finishing in cooler conditions. You might find yourself being washed with soap made from the oils of black olives, enjoying a range of hair treatments, or have your skin exfoliated with a rough glove. 

In the restaurants, there’s plenty of opportunity to sample the local cuisine, which draws on French, Arabic and Middle Eastern influences to create a unique taste. Look out for spiced lamb or chicken, which is often served with couscous, perfumed with fruit and spices. Harissa, a spicy paste, is often added to stews, giving it a mild chilli-kick. If you have a sweet tooth, look out for the mouth-watering range of pastries, served up with honey and nuts.

RESORTS NEAR HAMMAMET


HOLIDAYS IN HAMMANET


Hammamet is best for…

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.


Fast Facts

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 http://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.


Weather and Climate

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.


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Getting around

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.


Events

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. 


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