Whether lazy days on the beach are your bag, or you’re looking for jaw-dropping cultural experiences, Tunisia holidays will hit the mark – and it also holds a surprise treat for Star Wars fans.
The country, located in North Africa, benefits from a Mediterranean coastline giving visitors fantastic opportunities for beach holidays in Tunisia. Hammamet, not far from the capital Tunis, is the perfect example of the stunning white sands and crystal-clear waters Tunisia has to offer. It’s also ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving, with a whole underwater world to discover.
More watersports adventures can be enjoyed at Monastir, further south along the coast, where water-skiing and surfing are typical pastimes, while head further south still to Djerba for rest and relaxation, ideal for couples to have some downtime.
But it’s not all about the beaches in Tunisia. Capital city Tunis is bursting with tradition and charm. The narrow, winding alleys of the Medina are truly Arabic in style and, relatively untouched by tourists, it remains true to its heritage. By day, you’ll find market stalls, aromatic street food and streets dedicated to shops selling specific items, but by night, you’ll experience a much quieter pace of life, with only restaurant-goers and hookah-smokers remaining.
Star Wars fans also won’t want to miss a trip to the small towns of Tozeur and Nefta, near the eastern border, which also make for great days trips for kids during family holidays in Tunisia.
Situated within 25 kilometres of each other, it’s easy to visit both in one day, allowing you to pose with buildings from the fictional planet of Tatooine in the former and the original movie set for the home of Luke Skywalker in the latter.
A small island off the coast of Tunisia, Djerba is renowned for its pristine, white sand beaches, bubbling towns which ooze culture and tradition and for simply being a blissful holiday destination. What more could you want?
Tunisia as a whole boasts a number of glorious beach resorts and at just over three hours from London, it’s a popular spot for holidaymakers hunting for a long weekend. The wonderful year-round Tunisia weather doesn’t hurt either.
We’re already starting from an impressive base, so when we say Djerba has the best beaches in the whole country, plus fantastic opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and experiencing the wonderful Tunisian culture, we think we’re on to a winner.
For the best beach holidays in Djerba, be sure to research accommodation, as many sandy stretches privately owned by resorts. Plage Sidi Mahrez and Palge de la Seguia are among the most idyllic on the island, while water sports can be enjoyed at any of the beaches.
For a really special sight during holidays in Djerba, take a trip up to Ras Rmel. The eco-reserve is home to a vast number of gorgeous flamingos and their vibrant pink colour provides a truly spectacular contrast against the backdrop of the white sands and turquoise waters. On top of that, it’s also a dreamy spot for snorkelling and swimming, while the local fishermen offer up their freshly caught delights too.
There’s plenty of culture to be soaked up during Djerba holidays too. Houmt Souk’s old town is incredibly charming and the criss-crossed maze of alleys are perfect for an afternoon stroll, admiring all the crafts on sale, including hand-painted pottery made locally in the village of Guellala.
For family holidays in Dberja, the Med’s largest crocodile farm is must visit, while Djerba Explore Park and Aqua Park Pirate are great options for keeping the kids entertained.
Nestled on Tunisia’s east coast, overlooking the Gulf of Hammamet, Sousse is among the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
Providing relaxing beach getaways and city breaks in Tunisia all wrapped into one blissful package, Sousse is much more than just a bucket and spade destination. It also offers family fun, fascinating cultural spots and sumptuous cuisine, and still has an air of the ‘real’ Tunisia, with many going about their daily routines, unhindered by tourists.
Oh, and the weather in Sousse is perfect for sun-seekers year-round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10 degrees Celsius and hitting highs of 30 during the summer.
At more than 3,000 years old, Sousse offers a glorious step back in time, with its central Medina – a UNESCO World Heritage site – Great Mosque and Ribat providing fascinating historical insight, but the old is balanced out by the chic and modern, thanks to its range of luxury hotel resorts.
To learn a bit more about Sousse’s history, Sousse Archaeological Museum showcases ancient relics, crafts and beautiful mosaic art. Musee el Kobba is another good spot for culture vultures.
Aquasplash water park and Magic Eye 3D are must visits during family holidays in Sousse, while the Stade Olympique de Sousse is home to local football team Etoile Sportive du Sahel if you’re keen to catch a match.
Bou Jaafar Beach stretches north from the centre of Sousse’s coastline and its talcum powder-like sands and turquoise waters are simply dreamy. Those looking for a splash of adventure can also head out into the waves for windsurfing, jet-skiing and parasailing.
After dark, the marina in Port El Kantaoui boasts several nightclubs and is just a short 10-minute drive up the road and keen golfers can return by day to tackle the impressive, PGA approved 36-hole golf course.
In Tunisia’s north-east corner, the gorgeous city of Hammamet deserves to be near the top of any holiday bucket list.
Located not far from the capital Tunis, Hammamet is the perfect example of the stunning white sands and crystal-clear waters Tunisia has to offer. It’s also ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving, with a whole underwater world to discover.
As spectacular as the coast is, Hammamet’s medina, with its whitewashed walls and maze of market stalls, is the ideal place to start uncovering the city’s delights. Sharpen up your haggling skills, engage with the locals and pick yourself up some handmade craft or delicious produce and you’ll soon be immersed in Tunisian culture.
The 13th century Kasbah is another spot for culture vultures to explore, along with the Musee des Religions and, just south of central Hammamet, the ancient Roman archaeological site in Pupput.
Hammamet Beach is perfect whether you’re looking for a quiet corner to relax with a good book, cocktail in hand and catch some rays, or whether you’re after more active pursuits like partaking in a friendly game of beach volleyball, or heading out on a jet-ski or in a canoe.
There’s plenty to explore beneath the waves too and Yasmine Dive Centre provides excellent opportunities to delve into Hammamet’s underwater secrets, while back on dry land, Yasmine Marina boasts a number of bars and restaurants in which to relax after a hard day of exploration.
Keen golfers can unleash their inner Tiger Woods at the highly-regarded Citrus Golf Course and for some more family-friendly time, Carthage Land theme park is a must during family holidays in Hammamet, along with Aquapark Flipper, Funwater Hammamet and Hammamet Pirate Ship for family entertainment.
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