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Tunisia

Tunisia Holidays

This North African country is brimming with fantastic beachside hotels and accommodation. Tunisia holidays offer a fantastic blend of souks, spices, sands and cities, with historical features displayed throughout.

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Where Africa meets the Mediterranean

Perched on the northern edge of Africa, Tunisia has the best of both worlds. Its body basks under the blazing African sun whilst its toes dip into the warm Mediterranean Sea. This country is a mixture of serene open spaces inland and on the coast while the towns and cities are buzzing with culture across the markets and restaurants found throughout.

To add to all of this, Tunisia has relics that evidence thousands of years of history and ancient civilisations. City ruins, mosques of significant grandeur and fascinating monuments are just some of the unique sites that reward visitors who choose to enjoy holidays in Tunisia.

For couples this country is the perfect getaway while many hotels cater for families too. The theme of the country is generally relax and shop but there are some small theme parks and waterparks found around some of the resorts for kids to enjoy.

Where to stay in Tunisia

Djerba
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A sandy island lying in the Gulf of Gabes, just off the coast of Tunisia, Djerba is a great place to enjoy the Mediterranean climate and scorching sunshine.

One hundred and thirty five kilometres of beaches surround Djerba meaning there is plenty of space to call your own here. Highlighted beaches include the long Sidi Mahres and the Zone Touristqiue, both providing great facilities to keep you satisfied all day.

In the northern part of the island, the more traditional city of Houmt Souk host markets stalls and bazaars which are ideal opportunities to pick up a unique holiday souvenir.

Hammamet
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Known to be Tunisia's first tourist resort, Hammamet's success is down to the patches of glorious beach as well as the fine clear ocean that touches the town.

When spending your days on the beach, make sure to head into the ocean to swim and snorkel with the tropical fish that inhabit the shoreline.

As well as the coast, there is some great golf courses, theme and animal parks for the families as well as a fun selection of nightly hotspots where locals and tourists enjoy a sociable drink and a dance.

Port El Kantaoui
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Perhaps the most luxurious resort in all of North Africa, this town was built specifically with tourists in mind. The manmade marina is bordered by two long golden beaches that provide fantastic beach experiences.

The marina itself is an upmarket area that is home to swanky restaurants, posh boutiques and fun cocktail bars. The harbour is the starting point for many daytime adventures on the ocean too.

A suburb of nearby Sousse, there is great transport connections between the two if you want to hop over to experience a more historic area of Tunisia.

Sousse
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Sousse's 3,000 years of history, modern hotels and accommodation, and the spectacular beach is what has made it such a popular destination for European visitors.

Displaying many buildings, ruins and relics that are centuries old, the city feels like a trip to the past. Sousse is also the best place to experience an authentic Tunisian market place with enthusiastic sellers haggling over the best price for unique trinkets and ornaments.

If the busy feel of the city gets too much, slink down onto the 8km long Boujaffar Beach where you're sure to find a secluded spot to laze underneath the Mediterranean sunshine.

Teeming with paradise beaches

The Mediterranean coastline spans a whopping 1,200 kilometres so you'll never be stuck for a sandy spot to stretch out on. Tunisia's beaches, with their clean white sand and clear blue sea, are said to rival those of the Caribbean.

From the popular tourist resorts, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on the beach too. Watersports, scuba diving excursions and boat trips will allow you to enjoy the warm Mediterranean Sea. Or if you'd rather stay dry, trot along the beach atop a horse's back or a camel's hump.

Golden sand on the silver screen

You may walk around Tunisia's scenic landscape and feel like you're the star of your own movie. That's because Tunisia has lent its unique surroundings to several major film franchises over the years including Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Monty Python.

The island of Djerba was used for two smaller scenes of the sci-fi franchise while inland you'll be transported to Tatooine from Matmata and Medenine.

A special culture

The North African culture is evident in the many bazaars, mosques and medinas scattered throughout villages and cities alike. But there's a definite Mediterranean feel to all of the popular tourist resorts in fun-loving Tunisia.

When it comes to world-famous ancient cities, Tunisia doesn't immediately come to mind. That said, El Jem is just 50 minutes from Sousse and home to the third largest Roman-built amphitheatre in the world. You can roam freely around the site with very few tourists interrupting your photographs.

Laidback nightlife

Tunisia's nightlife is quite low key. However, in the popular tourist resorts there's plenty on offer in the way of restaurants, bars and late-night shopping. Often compared to St Tropez, Hammamet is home to sophisticated restaurants and classy bars. Sousse is lively and a popular place to party.

If you travel to the country during the month of Ramadan, drinking in public is generally not acceptable but you can still have a tipple in your hotel bar.

Tunisian cuisine

Many of the country's resorts cater for several tastes but Tunisian cuisine is a taste that is proudly offered in many restaurants. Couscous is widely enjoyed in a number of variations and you'll also notice there are more lamb options on the menu.

For a light snack, try the brik, a pastry based dish filled with tuna or lamb along with parsley and onions. For dessert enjoy a bambalooney, a fried donut-like cake served with sugar.

Exciting marketplaces

Tunisia's souks are a maze of vibrant market stalls just waiting to be explored. Souks in this country are a long standing tradition and it provides a cultural experience not to be missed. Breathe in the rich, spicy scents that drift through the air as you haggle for colourful fabrics and pottery and try a cup of strong traditional coffee or a shot of fig tree brandy known as Bhouka.

Bartering is a common practice here but if you'd rather shop for items with a fixed price then you'll find more modern malls near Sousse, Skanes and Hammamet.

Three hours away

A short three-hour flight from the UK will help you experience sunshine and beaches that feel a world away from the weather back home. Once you land, your transfer time will depend on the resort you stay in but the journey is likely to take less than an hour.