With a modern marina lined with restaurants and cafes, a long sandy beach that is pristine and a selection of golf courses that are good enough for the pros, Port El Kantaoui is a great place to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Situated on the east coast of Tunisia, this custom-built resort means tourists and guests are well catered for while still keeping a traditional charm with white buildings dotted around the landscape. With much of the resort’s activities centring on the water due to its impressive artificial harbour, Brits enjoying Port El Kantaoui holidays will definitely have something to write home about.
With its mix of Mediterranean and semi-arid environments, temperatures in Port El Kantaoui remain relatively stable throughout the year. While the summer months can be scorching, being close to the coastline means that it is generally less stifling than being further inland. The bars and air-conditioned buildings of the town won’t hurt either.
With a 20km stretch of sand to the north of Port El Kantaoui catering to quiet beach bums and the southern section set up for the sun-seekers with parasols and sun loungers, the beach in this resort is well looked after. You’ll never be fighting other people for space which is a great advantage to having such a great expanse of coastline on your doorstep. In the harbour, you will see a number of luxury yachts at their moorings. Sunbathing and paddling in the Mediterranean surf is a given, but you can also try your hand at diving, snorkelling or waterskiing.
Back on dry land, the leisurely feel of the town continues. The resort’s port area has in fact been modelled after a traditional Tunisian village, with cobbled streets and well-maintained landscaping.
If you’re a golf player, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Port El Kantaoui where there is not one but two PGA golf courses that overlook the ocean, so why not challenge yourself against the pros? Alternatively, soak up the culture of Tunisia and head to El Jem, an ancient Roman Amphitheatre or spend the day on a pirate galleon ship where you can see Port El Kantaoui’s coastline and enjoy a BBQ on board while you’re are it!
With its distinctive blend of North African and Mediterranean cuisine, Tunisian cooking is well regarded the world over, so you would be amiss to not try some for yourself. Eateries such as Formule 1 and Al Mandra Restaurant can cater to your need for such culinary adventures, while you won’t have to go far to find more recognisable dishes, such as pizza at L’Olivier and ice cream at Arcobaleno.
For an enjoyable evening meal out to celebrate your holiday, head down to Port El Kantaoui’s stylish marina where you’ll find a selection of restaurants to feast in every evening. Most restaurants will serve up fresh fish with a Tunisian twist or food served from a traditional tagine.
Due to the relaxed pace of life in Port El Kantaoui, there are a number of bars and cafes at which you can enjoy a refreshing drink with family and friends in the evenings, including at a number of the hotels so so find a place you like and settle in for an evening with good food and wine. The Marhaba Palace has a number of drinking holes, as well as its own nightclub. Several public bars, such as Puca Irish Pub, are located around the marina, making this another great area to find some evening entertainment.
As a dedicated tourist resort, you will have no difficulty finding a number of great hotel deals when booking your stay. Many of the accommodation options, such as the Novostar Palmyra, are right on the seafront, offering views across the clear water. Others offer a number of leisure facilities, including the Seabel Alhambra Beach Golf & Spa.