Just north of the historic city of Sousse is Port El Kantaoui, one of Tunisia’s most popular seaside resorts. Situated on the coast of the sapphire blue Gulf of Hammamet, Port El Kantaoui naturally has picture-perfect beaches complete with spotless white sand. The resort has its own golf club with two 18-hole courses, and is less than 20 minutes’ drive from Sousse’s old medina, souks and museums.
Early summer is popular to avoid the summer heat while winters are much cooler
Enfidha – Hammamet International Airport (NBE).
Find a spot on the silky white sand of one of Port El Kantaoui’s beaches to soak up a little Mediterranean sunshine, and when you’re ready for something more energetic, race across the water on jet skis or take a leisurely ride in a pedalo. The marina is on hand for sailing trips, with lots of exciting ways to explore the coast. If you fancy a little sightseeing, it’s worth the trip to nearby Sousse to wander its bustling medina and browse the traditional souks and local museums. Golfers are in the right place in Port El Kantaoui, with the superb El Kantaoui Golf Course just minutes away.
Port El Kantaoui’s twin beaches lie on either side of the smart marina, each with powder-soft, white sand fringed with palm trees. The beaches have thatched umbrellas and sun beds where you can relax in a shady spot, gazing out across the crystal clear water with its turquoise tint. Once you’ve rested up, pick from an exciting choice of water sports activities in Port El Kantaoui’s marina, including jet skiing, water skiing and windsurfing. The resort has a scuba dive centre catering to divers of all ability levels, where you can explore the reefs and colourful species of fish in the beautifully clear waters.
Port El Kantaoui is around 20 minutes’ drive from the historic city of Sousse, the ideal place for a day trip to experience a little Tunisian culture. Sousse is home to a UNESCO-listed medina and 11th century Kasbah, which contain traditional bazaars, ancient religious monuments and lots of local eateries and coffeehouses. One of the biggest attractions in Port El Kantaoui is the impressive golf course, a 10 minute drive from the centre of the resort. El Kantaoui Golf Course has two 18-hole courses set in over 300 acres of lush, landscaped scenery beside the coast. The popular Panorama Course, as its name suggests, provides panoramic views of the resort.
Port El Kantaoui is the perfect jump-off point for exploring Tunisia’s dazzling coast. The marina provides all kinds of sailing excursions, including leisurely glass-bottom boat tours and diving trips where you can drop anchor in the crystal clear ocean. The marina is the best place in Port El Kantaoui for shopping, with a purpose-built medina filled with souvenirs and gifts. In the evenings, Port El Kantaoui has a laid-back but enjoyable nightlife scene, with several lively bars lining the Maison Des Jardins. The waterfront is a wonderful place for dinner, with a choice of quality seafood restaurants serving up the catch of the day.
Beach lovers: Port El Kantaoui’s pristine golden beaches are a beach lover’s paradise, complete with swaying palms and a warm, clear sea.
Golfers: Port El Kantaoui has a top-class golf club on its doorstep, home to two 18-hole courses set in magnificent coastal scenery.
Couples: Spend days relaxing on the beach, taking sailing excursions and dine on the sunny waterfront – Port El Kantaoui is an idyllic spot for couples.
Language: The main language spoken in Port el Kantaoui is a local Tunisian dialect (a mixture of Arabic, French, Italian and Maltese).
Currency: The currency used in Port el Kantaoui is the Tunisian Dinar (TND) which can only be bought in Tunisia.
Local time: Port el Kantaoui is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Enfidha Airport (NBE) is a 30-40 minute drive from Port El Kantaoui
Flight time from UK: Approx. 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Port el Kantaoui tourist information can be found at http://www.cometotunisia.co.uk/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Port el Kantaoui.
Departure Tax: You can pay this at the airport or at your hotel reception. The cost is around 30 TND per person (including infants).
Temperature: Summer average of 26°C, with highs of 31°C.
Best time to visit: Early summer is popular for cooler temperature and more space on the beach.
Port El Kantaoui experiences long, hot summers with around 12 hours of sunshine a day, typical of Tunisia’s sub-tropical climate. Average summer temperatures are around the mid 20s (°C), although July to September often reach highs of 31°C.
By noddy train: The ‘noddy’ train is a mini train linking Port El Kantaoui to Sousse and providing a quick way of getting to the beach.
By louage: Louages are public mini buses that serve all of Tunisia’s main resorts. They are a cheap and easy way of getting around, although you will usually only set off once every seat is full.
By train: Taxis are readily available in Port El Kantaoui, and are the easiest way to get around. They can be flagged down from everywhere and are highly affordable.
Sousse Festival: Port El Kantaoui is just outside the resort of Sousse, which hosts the region’s biggest festival every July and August. The International Festival of Sousse features artistic and cultural events and performances for six weeks, finishing up with a lively parade and party.
Classical music festival: El Jem’s International Festival of Symphonic Music is an important event in Tunisia that draws in classical music fans from all over the world. The concerts take place in the city’s magnificent coliseum (which is considered even more impressive than Rome’s) throughout June, July and August.