If you’re looking for a sun-drenched vacation but want somewhere a little more exotic than Europe but a lot closer than the Caribbean, Tunisia could be your ‘just right’ option!
A mere 3 hours away from the UK, Tunisia is considered to be the gateway to Africa and boasts long ribbons of palm-fringed sands, warm cerulean Mediterranean waters, towns and villages speckled with souks, medinas and fascinating ruins from Tunisia’s Carthaginian past, not to mention the Sahara desert in the south of the country.
Tunisia’s tourism industry is well-developed and many resorts have contemporary hotels, excellent facilities and an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars that you would expect from a modern holiday destination. Outside of these main resorts, you’ll find a rich culture and an engaging history that makes Tunisia more than just a sea-and-sand destination.
The country maintains a minimum spring-like temperature year-round, soaring into the low 30s in the peak of summer, particularly in regions around the Sahara which doesn’t afford much for a sea breeze!
Tunisia is popular for its vast stretches of sandy beaches, but also holds a lot of heritage and history. The small town of Carthage makes for a fascinating day trip, and is easily reached from Tunis, Tunisia’s capital. A once-thriving heart of trading empire, Carthage was famously razed to the ground by Roman forces before becoming the site of the Roman province in Africa. Today, it’s an affluent district interspersed with various ruins including ancient Roman baths and amphitheatres, and the Carthage museum containing more relics and detailing the downfall of the city.
For a whole different ‘sand’ experience, swap the beach for the Sahara desert! Book a tour and spend a couple of days trekking the desert on camels, taking 4x4 safaris, visiting the unique fortified villages- known as ksours- and spending the night beneath the stars. A truly unique experience, you’ll feel like you’re on a different planet!
For those in search of some cultural souvenirs, head to a souk where you’ll be able to pick up some exquisitely-made leather goods, clothes, woven bags, ceramics and intricate rugs and carpets. The Tunis medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perfect place to feel the frenetic hustle and bustle of a traditional marketplace, where you can try your hand at haggling for a bargain!
Tunisian cuisine combines Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and European influences for a flavoursome fusion that will make meal times a real delight!
At the heart of many Tunisian dishes, you’ll find chickpeas, olive oil, a range of spices including cumin, coriander and cinnamon, flavoured with mint, orange or rose water and spiced with chilli or garlic.
Marinated meats are eaten throughout the country, particularly chicken and lamb dishes, typically served up with a side of couscous and salad.
You require 6 months validity from the date of return on a 10 year British passport to travel here.