Whatever tickles your holiday taste buds, Tunisia is sure to whet the appetite. History and tradition shine through in this North African destination, where modern coastal resorts also cater for sun-seeking holidaymakers. In fact, Tunisia holidays can be as busy or a chilled out as you want, it really is up to you to set the pace in this exciting country.
With hot days and warm nights between spring and autumn, the holiday resorts of Tunisia's Mediterranean shoreline are great summer destinations and within easy reach of the UK. Beach holidays in Tunisia are not a year-round draw for sun seekers, though, as average winter highs of 14C can't compete with the Canary Islands, southern Morocco, and Egypt's Red Sea for short-haul winter holidays.
Resorts to consider for sun, sea, and sand include: Hammamet - Tunisia's original tourist resort; Sousse, which is big and historic and features some wonderful beaches; Skanes - quiet and good for family holidays; Monastir, which is crammed with tradition and culture; Port El Kantaoui, the country's first purpose-built tourist town, centred on a delightful marina; and the beautiful island of Djerba just off the coast. The capital, Tunis, also sits on the waterfront and offer beach breaks as well as city attractions, such as the bustling medina.
Wherever you go, you will be within easy reach of shopping - both ultra-chic and traditional; incredible food; a stunning landscape of mountains, desert, and beach; and a warm and hospitable welcome. Other activities includes sports such as sailing and golf, camel rides and visits to water parks and the film sets of movie franchises such as 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones'. Just remember that Tunisia is a Muslim country: dress codes and alcohol bans will be widely enforced, although things are certainly more relaxed at coastal destinations and their splendid hotels.
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The coastal regions of Tunisia enjoy much more moderate weather than the mountains and deserts of the south. Expect hot days, though, with average daytime temperatures at above 30C in July and August. Spring and autumn are pleasantly warm, with averages of 23C, while winter is cooler (14C average) and can be wet.
Republic Day; July: Villages, towns and cities celebrate the day that Tunisia won its independence from France. Expect a party atmosphere.
International Carthage Festival; July: Be in Carthage, an ancient suburb of the capital Tunis, to see concerts and cultural performances.
International Festival of Hammamet; July: Music, song and dance are staged during this popular annual event.
International Festival of Sousse; July-August: Don't miss the joyful carnival that accompanies the on-screen action.
Medina Festival; October/November: Expect street parties, music and shows at this event in Tunis.
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Relaxing: The magnificent beaches of Tunisia provide plenty of opportunities to rest up those weary bones.
Shopping: The old medinas, in places such as Tunis and Sousse, are prefect for browsing, shopping, haggling, and refuelling with freshly brewed tea.
Active types: Head to the coast for water sports such as diving, fishing and sailing.
Kids & teens: Visit Matmata in the south of Tunisia to see the troglodyte cave dwellings used in a number of 'Star Wars' films.
Free & cheap: More movie memories are on offer at the ribat in Skanes where, for a small entry fee, you can see the backdrop of 'Monty Python's Life of Brian', among others.
Babies & toddlers: Many of the hotels in Hammamet and Skanes run crèches and clubs for the little ones.