Sousse travel guide

Weather and Climate

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.

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Sousse is best for…

Beach lovers: Sousse boasts a beautiful long stretch of white sandy beach that spans from the centre of Sousse to neighbouring resort Port el-Kantaoui. Enjoy a pleasant walk along La Corniche lined with cafés and places to eat, it’s a great place to spend your days basking in the tropical temperatures or savouring a romantic stroll in the evening.

Attractions: Take a trip north where you’ll find Port El Kantaoui and its attractive marina as well as several golf courses. Only a 10-minute drive, the two resorts are practically joined together, meaning the attractions of both are all close to hand. The amphitheatre at El Djem and Tunisia’s exotic south are easily reached by excursion.

Medina: Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1988, Sousse’s medina is an impressive structure that was built in the 8th century with its delightful buildings and traditional architecture. With vibrant, colourful shopping and picturesque narrow cobbled streets surrounded by towering walls, it’s like a city within in a city.

Fast Facts

FCO Travel Advice: Before you book, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia for travel advice before making your decision.

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.

Currency: As with the rest of Tunisia, the official currency used in Sousse is the Tunisian Dinar.

Local time: There is no time difference between this part of Tunisia and UK/GMT time.

Fly to: Enfidha Airport. Transfers are less than an hour.

Flight time from UK: Between three and three and a half hours, depending on where you fly from.

Tourist Information: Further Tunisia tourist information can be found at http://www.discovertunisa.com/en.

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 Sousse.

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 star rating refers to your chosen hotel's official star rating system, not Thomas Cook’s. The maximum days of tax to be paid is seven nights, and children under 12 won’t be charged.

Holiday destinations related to Sousse:

  • Hammamet
  • Port El Kantaoui
  • Djerba
  • Getting Around

    On foot: Walking is the best way to explore the culture and visit the shops in the centre before taking a slow stroll on the promenade. 
    By bus: The bus service is reliable and regular.
    By taxi: 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.
    By louage: The Tunisian answer to car-sharing, louages are mini-vans that take groups of passengers all going to the same place. They’re a good way of getting around and splitting the cost evenly across the group.

     

    Events

    Sousse International Festival: Book your holidays between July and August and you will 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. This event also 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.

    Yasmine Hammamet Festival: Just an hour’s drive away, Hammamet is home to the most significant celebration in the Tunisian calendar. Held on the 12th July, 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. 

    Hammamet International Festival: Between the July and August you could be treated to the sights and sounds of the annual International Festival of Hammamet. Held in the 1,000 seat amphitheatre overlooking the Gulf of Hammamet, you’ll be treated to inspiring acts from the worlds of jazz and theatre from across the globe. There are performances throughout the day and into the night so expect anything and everything.