On average about 4 million tourists
visit Tunisia every summer, half of those cram into the main resorts
between July and August.
They come for the beaches, mile upon mile of
magnificent soft clean sand, and visitors are also attracted by the
shear elegance of the larger hotels, many offer luxury as standard
compared to some of the Med's other top destinations.
The draw-back to Tunisia is the 'stay-at-home' culture
in many resorts. Whereas in say, Spain an evening stroll to a favourite
bar or restaurant is normal, in Tunisia it is rare that holidaymakers
leave their hotels after dark, simply because there is little to do in
the resorts and towns. However there are some wonderful exceptions so
If you are looking for some of the amenities normally
associated with a Mediterranean holiday head for Hammamet and Jasmine
Hammamet - most people do!
|Flight time: Approx 3
hours from the UK
Time Difference: GMT
Weather: Summer: hot
and dry. Winter: mild, often cloudy and wet.
||To fully appreciate Tunisia get a good guide
Much of Tunisia is desert, a harsh environment of
barren landscape dotted with lush oases still waiting to be explored.
- An organised trip into the Sahara
will bring out the adventurer in most visitors and reward them with
breathtaking sites and experiences. It's not all sand dunes, there
are quaint mountain villages and forests.
- A trip to the capital Tunis is
often recommended by tour operators, however it can become a tedious
journey unless you are intent on some serious shopping. While the
main attraction is the medina and its bazaars crammed full
souvenirs, most resorts have their own carbon copies of this walled
city which are smaller and less intimidating.
One attraction worth a look at in Tunis is the Bardo
Museum on the outskirts which is contained within a 17th
century palace. Among the exhibits are ancient statues, a room once
used as a harem and the remains of a boat from the 1st century BC,
plus a fine collection of Roman mosaics.
- Carthage will only appeal to
culture vultures who will be magnetised to the various Roman
remnants, though none of them are particularly exciting and are
inconveniently scattered over a large area.
- Worth the effort is the pretty village of Sidi Bou
Sa�d with its labyrinth of cobbled streets leading off from the
main square lined with caf�s and souvenirs stalls.
- Golf courses have sprung up around
the resorts of Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir and Djerba.
- There is a water park and a Theme Park,
Carthageland with the usual selection of rides surrounded by
a recreatation of the ancient city. It is located in Yasmine
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