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Where to stay in Tunisia

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By Tamara Hinson

14 June 20246 min read

A view of blue and white houses in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Sidi Bou Said This hilltop gem is a charming spot for a seaside stay in Tunisia.

With fantastic weather, beautiful sunsets and a gorgeous coastline, Tunisia is shaping up to be one of 2024’s hottest beach destinations.

If Tunisia isn’t on your radar yet, it really should be. This North African nation enjoys all the best bits about being on the Med – but with holidays at a fraction of the cost.

Sound like your cup of tea? Here are the destinations all self-respecting beach bums should know about.

Sousse

A popular touch down point for visitors to Tunisia, Sousse earns its spot on this list due to its diversity – in addition to fantastic beaches, there are plenty of opportunities for a culture fix, including at the mosaic-filled Sousse Archaeological Museum.

But back to those beaches. The main beach here is Bou Jaafar, which stretches from the centre of Sousse to nearby Port el-Kantaoui. It’s a great place for watersports and you’ll find places to refuel just steps from the sand thanks to the smooth promenade shadowing the sand.

You’re also close to Monastir, another fantastic coastal gem that’s about 21km (13 miles) away.

Where to stay in Sousse

Try the Movenpick Resort Marine Spa Sousse – you’ll be just a short walk from the water and just metres from various heritage sites, including the Sousse Archaeological Museum.

Marhaba Club

  • Sousse, Tunisia
  • 8 October 2024
  • All-inclusive
  • From Luton

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Monastir

About halfway down Tunisia’s eastern coastline, Monastir’s brilliant peninsula position means you’ll be surrounded by water on three sides.

The city doesn’t want for beaches, but little Qaraiya Beach gets our vote for its kid-friendly, glass-clear water that stays wonderfully calm due to its sheltered spot.

Drag yourself away from this postcard spot and you’ll find unmissable attractions like the lively Monastir Marina, where you can sip coffee and gawp at the super yachts, and the Ribat of Monastir, which dates back to the 8th century, when it was a monastery. It’s also where you’ll find the huge, insta-friendly I Love Monastir sign.

Where to stay in Monastir

Stay at the Hilton Skanes Monastir Beach Resort and you’ll be in the heart of the Monastir’s so-called Tourist Zone. The best bit? This resort’s gorgeous beachfront location means the sunsets are insane. Don’t forget your camera.

Delphin El Habib

  • Monastir, Tunisia
  • 9 September 2024
  • Half board
  • From Luton

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Sidi Bou Said

Say hello to one of Tunisia’s most charming towns – a hilltop gem that juts out into the Mediterranean.

Heritage sites include the Ennejma Ezzahra Palace, famous for its mashrabiya (traditional latticework screens) and ancient artefacts, while the town’s cobbled streets and pretty marina make it one of Tunisia’s most photogenic destinations.

You’ll find Sidi Bou Said Beach next to the marina, at the foot of towering cliffs. It ticks all the boxes, with soft golden sand, wonderfully clear water and plenty of room to lay out your towel.

Another reason to love Sidi Bou Said? It’s just 17.7km (11 miles) from Tunis, Tunisia’s capital, and right next to Carthage, an ancient city and a collection of archaeological sites.

Where to stay in Sidi Bou Said

You’ll glimpse gorgeous city and ocean views at the five-star La Menara Hotel & Spa. It’s lush too, with opulent rooms inspired by Tunisia’s past and a Roman-inspired spa that’s all marble and archways.

Hammamet

Beautiful beaches and a wide range of hotels make Hammamet one of Tunisia’s most popular tourist destinations.

The star of the show is Hammamet’s kilometre-long beach, lined with pretty, thatched parasols and lapped by clear, calm water.

It’s not great for snorkelling so get your explorer on by discovering the chunks of thick fortress walls that stud the beaches or go out in search of Roman and Byzantine ruins. The ruins of Pupput – just south of the city – are all that’s visible of the city that was once a Roman stronghold, now hidden under a string of whitewashed hotels.

Where to stay in Hammamet

Five-star Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso Hammamet is the ideal base, where a palm-lined pool over looks beach and there are four on-site bars for those all-important sundowners.

Houda Yasmine Hammamet

  • Hammamet-Yasmine, Hammamet, Tunisia
  • 12 October 2024
  • All-inclusive
  • From Gatwick

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Mahdia

Like many places in Tunisia, Mahdia is a destination with plenty of history. It’s worth exploring fort and the medina, which was once part of an enormous citadel, but if you’re just visiting for beach time, you’ve chosen your destination well.

There’s a wide range of beaches on your doorstep, including secluded rocky bays on Madhia’s outskirts and family-friendly beaches close to its centre. The most popular stretches from Mahdia’s centre to the Zone Touristique (tourist zone). With its endless expanse of soft white sand, it’s a magnet for sunbathers, and the beachfront cafés are great places to restore energy levels (local delicacies include chapatis filled with cheese and harissa).

Travelling with kids in tow? You’ll find the Mahdia Beach Aquapark metres from the sand.

Where to stay in Mahdia

If you’re craving a picture-perfect sunbathing spot, stay at the five-star Iberostar Selection Royal El Mansour resort, which has three pools as well as direct access to the beach.

Hotel El Borj

  • Mahdia, Tunisia
  • 3 June 2025
  • All-inclusive
  • From Manchester

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Bizerte

Bizerte has remained off the tourist radar for a while now, so if you’re seeking full-facility beaches and watersports, it might not be for you.

But if you prefer something a little more laidback, and with a good helping of history too, you might just have found the one – heritage sites include its Spanish fort and its ancient Kasbah, while beaches include Sidi Salem, Rasenjela (which has several beautiful caves to explore), Al Rimel and La Grotte.

Make sure you take time to explore Bizerte’s old port. It’s colourful and chaotic, and if you visit in the morning, you’ll get to watch the city’s fishermen bringing in their daily catch.

Where to stay in Bizerte

Stay at the Residence Ain Meriem and you’ll have easy access to the sand, and even easier access to the hotel’s gorgeous beachfront bar.

Nabeul

Nabeul’s claim to fame isn’t its beaches (though it has its fair share of them) but its colourful ceramics.

It’s a great place to pick up beautiful hand-painted pots and plates – as well as other sought-after items like gorgeous hand-blown glass lamps – and you’ll find bargains at the Medina and the so-called Camel Market.

Don’t stay put in the Medina, though – Nabeul’s position on the Cape Bon peninsula makes it a great place for coastal walks, and the sunset views are second to none.

Where to stay in Nabeul

The best stretches of sand are the ones owned by hotels, so it’s worth choosing your hotel carefully. That said, it’s worth the effort – places such as the Royal Lido Resort & Spa have a beautifully maintained private beach as well as luxurious tent-like cabanas for guests to use.

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