Thanks to its position on the north coast of Africa, the weather in Tunisia is almost consistently hot and sunny. Winters are cool, with temperatures dipping into the mid-teens, while summers tend to peak in the low 30s. However, during July and August, warm air is blown from the Sahara Desert and can send the mercury into the 40s, making it very hot.
If you’re looking for good sightseeing weather and the chance to catch some rays, book your holidays to Port El Kantaoui between May and June or September and October. Rain tends to fall between January and March and from September to December, although it can be over as quickly as it starts.
Beach Lovers: Port El Kantaoui boasts two pristine, purpose-built beaches, located to the north of the harbour. Expect golden sands and sapphire-blue seas, with plenty of activities for those who want them. Water sports are plentiful and pirate ships take families along the coast or into deeper waters to have a swim in the clear ocean. Diving fans can take advantage of the scuba schools and excursions that operate along the coast, and there’s always the opportunity to see shimmering shoals of fish from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat.
Golfers: Fans of the five-iron will find there’s plenty to do on their holidays to Port El Kantaoui. The resort has a golf club right on its doorstep, which happens to be home to the annual Tunisian Golf Open. With 18 holes to challenge even the most seasoned of swingers, and with a spectacular backdrop, it’s ideal for golfers of all abilities.
Couples: The resort’s quiet beaches are perfect for couples looking to enjoy some quality time together. Once the sun sets, the waterfront is an ideal romantic retreat, lined with some excellent restaurants and a good choice of bars in which to enjoy a leisurely drink.
Language: The main language spoken here is the local Tunisian dialect, which is a mixture of French, Arabic and Maltese. Tunisians seem to be very language-flexible and most of the locals have a good grip of English. Pack a phrasebook or download an app, just to show willing.
Currency: As with the rest of Tunisia, the official currency used in Port El Kantaoui is the Tunisian Dinar.
Local time: There is no time difference between this part of Tunisia and UK/GMT time.
Fly to: Flights to Port El Kantaoui land at Enfidha International Airport, which is approximately 35km from the centre of the resort.
Flight time from the UK: Between three and three and a half hours, depending on where you fly from.
Tourist Information: Further 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.
Local tax: A new local tax fee has been introduced in Tunisia. Starting from 1 November 2018 you'll be charged 2-3 Tunisian Dinars per night, depending on the star rating of your hotel. The maximum days of tax to be paid is 7-nights, and children under 12 won’t be charged.
Holiday destinations related to Port el Kantaoui:
By Noddy train: Noddy trains are a fun and laid-back way to see the sights. They run regular services between Sousse and Port El Kantaoui, with scheduled stops along the way. In total, the journey should take around 40 minutes, but you can hop on and off, according to the attractions you want to visit. During the summer, the Noddy trains can take on something of a party atmosphere, with local drummers and singers catching a lift and entertaining the passengers. While it might not be the fastest way to get around, it’s ideal for families with younger children and anyone who fancies a leisurely trip from A to B. Tickets are bought from the conductor.
By louage: Tunisia’s answer to car-sharing, louages are mini-vans that carry groups of people all headed in the same direction. Cost-effective and something out of the ordinary, they’re a good way of getting about, but you’ll have to wait until the louage is full before it’ll set off.
By taxis: Taxis are in full supply at the resort and can be hailed from the roadside or booked in advance. It’s worth agreeing the fare before you travel or checking that the meter has been reset to zero, as it can save arguments once you’ve got to where you’re going.
Sousse International Festival: Book your holidays to Port El Kantaoui between July and August and you might catch the Sousse International Festival. Famous for being home to the most elaborate floats in the entire country, this is a celebration of all things African. Expect to hear live music, see traditional dancers strutting their stuff, and to sample delicious street food. In addition, this event coincides with the Sousse Carnival, which is a colourful explosion of art and music. Expect to see military bands in all their pomp and ceremony, rubbing shoulders with outstanding artists selling unique works in the streets.
Classical Music Festival: Just an hour’s drive away, El Jem is home to the International Symphonic Festival, which draws fiddle-fans and violin-lovers from across the globe to see international musicians at work. Book your holidays between June and August and head for El Jem’s coliseum, which is the setting for the nightly recitals. Atmospheric, romantic and dramatic, it’s the perfect festival for soaking up some international culture.
Olive Tree Festival: Take the two-hour drive to the small town of Sfax in the last few days of January and you might stumble upon the Mediterranean Olive Tree Festival. For visitors, there’s an open-air market, where local producers showcase their best offerings and a dedicated area for craftsmen to sell their wares. The highlight of the festival is a horse race, which thunders its way around the olive trees.