One of the five North African countries that border the Mediterranean, Tunisia, has long been a popular destination for tourists seeking an exotic destination close to home. Although numbers may have dipped slightly, with around 220,000 Brits still visiting every year, Tunisia remains high on the list of summer holiday locations.
Following the revolution of 2011, Safety in Tunisia became an important consideration. However the country has stabilised and currently there are no travel warnings for the region. As in all countries, visitors should be vigilant, especially in crowded areas like stations and markets.
The majority of flights from Europe will land at the main airport outside of Tunis. From here you can arrange a private transfer to your hotel or head into town and take public transport to your destination.
When to go
Tunisia’s climate is affected by two main factors, the Mediterranean in the north and the Sahara in the south. This means that the temperature can vary considerable depending on the area you visit.
If you’re planning of spending your holiday on the beaches of the north, April to June are the best months, as the heat won’t be overwhelming and the countryside will be in bloom.
Tunisia holidays can be spent solely enjoying its spectacular beaches, and with 1,300km of coastline, the country has an abundance of world-class beaches to choose from. Some of the best are Tabarka, Hammamet and those on the Kerkennah Islands.
All of these beaches enjoy peaceful settings and clear blue seas. Hammamet probably has the most tourists, with package holiday resorts close by. Tabarka and the Kerkennah Islands on the other hand are relatively undiscovered and offer a bit of peace and quite as a result.
Like all of the countries of the Mediterranean, Tunisia has a rich history stretching back thousands of years. One of the most popular attractions is the ancient city of Carthage, located on the eastern side of Lake Tunis. Most famous as the home of Dido, it was destroyed in the 2nd century BC and today all that is left to be seen are ruins and relics.
Other attractions include Chott el Djerid, the location for the filming of Star Wars and the Sahara, where visitors can experience traditional desert towns and villages.
With a great climate, fantastic beaches, a lively culture and loads of history, Tunisia makes a great destination for a holiday. Spend days exploring the ancient cities and ruins, enjoying the local cuisine and soaking in the culture or simply pick your favourite beach, lay your towel down and enjoy!