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Tunisia

Tunisia Holidays

Hot and sunny in all the right ways, Tunisia is your go-to destination for beaches with a side dish of culture. Here, UNESCO sites and waterparks tick the classic holiday boxes, while the nightlife scenes at individual resorts keep you on your toes.

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Sun-drenched and sand-specked

Tunisia might only be a sliver of a country on the North African coast, but this little spot leaves a big impression in the world of sun-laced holidays.

Although Tunisia edges along the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert, up on the Mediterranean coast is a beach haven lined with impressive resorts, waterparks and nightlife, not to mention its fair share of history.

Each of the resorts you'll choose from for luxury Tunisia holidays, though equally warm and permeated with the country's Arabic heritage, comes in different shapes and sizes.

Hammamet is the country's original holidaymaker's haven, while Djerba stuns with classic beach-scapes and whitewashed architecture. And then there's Sousse, the shiniest jewel in Tunisia's culture crown, complete with a UNESCO World Heritage Site and museums galore.

Where to stay in Tunisia

Djerba
DjerbaView on Map

Djerba is the largest island in North Africa and is renowned for its idyllic beaches and Greek mythological roots. This island gives you the classic Tunisian experience, with bazaars selling colourful spices and cities and towns full of ancient history. A mecca for Star Wars fans, Djerba was also the setting for Episode IV – a New Hope.

Hammamet
HammametView on Map

Tunisia's first tourist town is also one of its most welcoming. With the old Kasbah fortress on one side and the Carthageland theme park on the other, you've got broad pale beaches and shopping galore to entice you in these narrow and culturally rich streets, backed up by some of the best cuisine in the country.

Port El Kantaoui
Port El KantaouiView on Map

Tunisia's most popular holiday resort, Sousse has all the elements for a unforgettable seaside retreat. Sun-kissed beaches, fantastic nightlife venues and superb restaurants only scrape the surface. Sousse's magnificent ancient past takes centre stage here, with a UNESCO World Heritage Medina complete with a 9th-century mosque and military castle.

Quick Tips

  • Islam
  • Tunisian Dinar
  • Arabic
  • Approx 10,600,000
  • GMT +1

Way, way back

If it's storybook streets riddled with history you're after with your Tunisia holiday package, you've come to the right place. Tunisia's past extends thousands and thousands of years back, and has left us with remains from the Romans, Phoenicians, French and so much more.

Just look at the Medina in Sousse. Staggeringly big and sandstone brown, this UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises a Kasbah, fortifications and the Great Mosque of Sousse, not to mention Sousse's Archaeological Museum. Pausing here is a great way to peak into Tunisia's colourful history.

And it's not just history book notes that cheap holidays to Tunisia hit – there's some Hollywood history here, too. Tunisia's Djerba Island was used as a filming location for Star Wars Episode IV. Obi-Wan Kenobi's little hut of a house is actually used as a storage shed for fishermen, while Toshi Station is a temple – both are still intact and viewable.

Open air clubs

The after-hours scene in Tunisia is alive and well, and Sousse is the proof. There's everything here from huge, open air nightclubs that draw in big names in the DJ world, all the way to rock bars and even the odd old school-style country western saloon – we're serious.

Hammamet is Tunisia's first ever tourist-focused destination, so it too boasts bars and pubs, though a little more laid-back. Djerba is the nightlife dark house, however, as you might not expect its vibrant handful of evening spots. Here, you'll find waterfront cocktail bars, karaoke bars and even a few nightclubs.

Sandy goodness

When you get that first taste of heat on your All Inclusive holidays to Tunisia, you'll thank your lucky stars at the sight of the beaches. Djerba has some of the most picturesque shores in Tunisia, ringed with off-white sand that makes way for bright blue water.

Hammamet Beach is popular for swimming and watersports, and with thatched umbrellas speckling the shore, it's not half bad for sunbathing, either.

Sousse offers no shortage of beaches, with The Promenade, Boujaffar Beach and Hammam to its name. Here, you'll find everything from restaurants and bars, hotels and watersports aplenty. Everything holiday-centric is kept right within reaching distance from the beach, so you never have to give up your coveted spot on the sand.

Holiday favourites

The activities in Tunisia don't just stop with history and the beaches – out here, there are waterparks and theme parks to keep you busy, and that's just the beginning. In Sousse, you've got the AquaSplash Thalassa waterpark and the Acqua Palace down in Port el Kantaoui.

Over in Hammamet, you've got Carthageland, a waterpark-fun park hybrid that's especially popular for little ones. You'll also find the neighbourhood of Yasmine Hammamet here – it was designed with holidaymakers in mind, filled with tourist shops and hotels.

There are also horseback riding trips, snorkelling and scuba diving excursions and cruises on a pirate ship. If you're keen to see more of Tunisia, these activities will help you do it in a whole new way.

Tunisian spice

The cuisine in Tunisia is vast and varied in terms of flavours and origin – you can thank the country's long history of fluctuating rulers for that.

Tunisian food is known as being particularly spicy and has the distinct taste of Mediterranean fare, but with the evolution of tourism here, there's very little you can't find. French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and even popular brands like Hard Rock all have their place in Tunisia, ensuring you're well-tended to where your tastebuds are concerned.