With its relaxed, family friendly resorts, abundance of activities, stunning beaches and luxurious beach-front hotels, it’s no wonder Tunisia is a firm favourite among British holidaymakers.
It’s also crammed full of interesting sights for memorable excursions away from the beach, where visitors will be mesmerised by all the history and culture this Mediterranean destination has to offer – all within a three-hour flight from London.
Families and couples
Sun, sea and sand, plus well-equipped hotels with pools, playgrounds and kids’ clubs mean Tunisia is well-established as a family holiday destination.
Tunisia’s holiday infrastructure and its year-round climate mean it has plenty to offer and is very good value. Hotels with children’s facilities are plentiful.
Tunisia is the perfect family and couple holiday destination. All the leading operators to Tunisia include family options.
Main resorts for the UK market
Hammamet (main picture) is Tunisia’s best known and most developed resort with unlimited opportunities for entertainment, giving a true taste of Tunisia.
Hammamet is also known for its vast and fine sandy beaches and its sparkling turquoise seas. It has a lot of hotels but is not a concrete jungle.
The resort is bursting with Jasmin, lemon and orange trees, vineyards and bougainvillea, dotted with fortresses inside its medina, which once held off invaders.
Tunisia’s newest resort, located just south of Hammamet, has been created around a 740-berth marina and is mostly made up four- and five- star luxury hotels and attracts high-calibre clients.
Attractions include a sophisticated medina, spa centres, access to golf courses and miles of golden sandy beaches.
For those travelling with children, Carthage Land, a theme park with thrilling rides, and Blue Ice, the only ice rink in Tunisia, are a must.
Monastir is a small modern city that sits along the edge of a bright turquoise sea.
It is built on a peninsula overlooked by its large medieval Ribat (fortress) which is one of Tunisia’s most impressive monuments.
Its main beach is at Skanes, famous for its fine sand and well-equipped hotels. Visitors can find plenty of water sport options, from sailing and windsurfing to parascending and jet skiing and there are plenty of kids’ clubs.
Monastir has a charming fishing port and marina, where yachts moor from around the world. Tunisia’s former President, Habib Bourguiba, was born here. His mausoleum is here and his legacy is celebrated all around the city.
This is a new resort on the British market and is much quieter than the other main resorts.
It is built at rock level on a narrow peninsula and was traditionally a silk-weaving town. Its glorious past as the capital of the Fatimid dynasty is evident by its historic fortress and rich local heritages.
In addition to being well-known for its maritime cemetery, the local speciality of this fishing port is sardines, which are caught by lamplight.
Things to do in Tunisia
Discover the Sahara Desert
The famous Sahara Desert is easily accessible by taking a two-day excursion, which includes and an overnight stay in a desert inn or a camp.
Tunisian Sahara attractions include…
Discovering the Berber Heritage: The Berbers are the original inhabitants. Visitors will marvel at their incredible ‘troglodyte dwellings’ and the strange looking ‘ksours’ – the fortified grain stores built to store their scarce supplies of food.
Tozeur: Tozeur has a picturesque oasis. Visitors can enjoy long walks through its hundreds of thousands of palm trees and be amazed by the alleyways of its old medina, overlooked by the pale bricked facades of its houses and villas.
Follow the steps of Skywalker: Thirty minutes away from Tozeur is one of the locations for the Star Wars films. In fact, the vast, awe-inspiring, other-worldly landscapes of the Tunisian Sahara have been used as the setting for other iconic films such as The English Patient, Life of Brian, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Adventure: A slow camel ride through the gateway to the Sahara will give visitors a real sense of a fun adventure, while the desert is also the location for some big rallies and a range of extreme sports.
Try delicious local dishes
Tunisian cuisine is sure to be a highlight of any holiday. The ingredients are fresh and local and the flavours are diverse. Try the couscous, served hot and spicy with a succulent stew – it’s a classic North African dish, which is Berber in origin. Or how about Tunisia’s fast-food speciality, brik a l’oeuf, egg encased in flaky filo pastry?
Discover the ancient tradition of winemaking
Winemaking in Tunisia dates back some 2,000 years to the famous Carthaginian agronomist, Magon, after whom one of the country’s most famous wines is named.
There has been a recent resurgence in winemaking and visitors can try delicious local tipples including light rosés, sparkling whites and rich reds – the perfect way to reflect on a busy day’s sightseeing or a lazy day at the beach.