Cheap Holidays to Tunisia
Popular Destinations in Tunisia
Tunisia Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Tunisia
Tunisia goes big on accommodation, offering an option for every type of holidaymaker. There are budget hotels and cheap hostels, as well as luxury adult-only resorts and complete apartments. Since most of the Tunisia hot spots are on the coast, there’s also an array of beachfront resorts to choose from. Many of those options offer easy beach access, as well as a selection of pools and spas.
With the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Sahara Desert on the other, Tunisia offers something for all on holiday. This slither of a country, located in the north of Africa, excels in beach resorts, cultural hot spots and historic sights - making it a perfect destination whether you’re 8 or 80!
Where to stay
While most travellers opt to holiday on the coast, a sizeable portion often take on the rich heritage of Tunis, the country’s eclectic capital. While it lacks its own beach, it’s located next to Lake Tunis, making it hard to believe you’re in a sprawling city. Tunis features a sprinkling of sights to entertain culture vultures, from the Ez-Zitouna Mosque, the oldest mosque in Tunisia dating back to the 7th century, to Byrsa, the remains of an ancient Carthaginian city. It’s also a haven for shoppers, with the Medina of Tunis marking the best place to pick up souvenirs and gifts.
Known for its sandy beaches and endless watersport opportunities, Hammamet is one of the most popular holiday areas in Tunisia. It retains its traditional Tunisian feel, complete with a medina to get lost in, plus a 13th-century fort that overlooks the ocean. It’s got a number of accommodation options available too, covering all possible budgets - save your pennies with a mid-budget hotel chain further inland, or splash out with a luxurious 5-star beachfront resort.
Djerba is an island that sits off the east coast of Tunisia. It’s well known for offering an air of exclusivity and peacefulness, which is why it’s especially popular with older couples and honeymooners. As well as its white sand beaches, Djerba is also home to a number of fun family attractions including Djerba Explore Park and Aqua Park Pirate, while accommodation options are plentiful - there are budget apartments, 5-star beachfront resorts, and even cosy lodging in traditional guesthouses.
What to see
The idyllic beaches are the main draw of Tunisia, and there’s no shortage of beachfront resorts that offer a slice of relaxation in the form of spas and on-site pools. Look beyond the coastal areas, though, and Tunisia is rich with things for the whole family to get involved in. Port El Kantaoui and Sousse both have a number of exhilarating water parks that can be enjoyed all-year round.
From one extreme to the other, those who aren’t content with lounging on the beach can take a tour to the Sahara Desert. There are numerous ways you can explore the surrounding scenery, from taking a hot air balloon over the sands to wandering through the desert on a camel. Many of the main towns and cities of Tunisia also have multiple historic sites; there’s the El Jem amphitheatre in El Jem, plus the Baths of Antoninus in Carthage
There’s no shortage of places to head to once the sun sets. Many of the streets are lined with casual cheap cafes and bars that are popular with locals. In the resort areas, however, there are slightly more upmarket restaurants and bars.
Hammamet and Sousse, in particular, are two popular resorts that cater for more vibrant nightlife opportunities, with lounge-type bars, clubs and sky bars. Be aware that, as a Muslim country, the sale of alcohol is restricted to certain licensed restaurants and resort areas.
What to eat
Before you head home from your holiday, be sure to make the most of Tunisia’s traditional food which is filled with seafood, spices and tasty herbs. Fusing together North African and Mediterranean flavours, there is undoubtedly something to offer for everyone.
A brik is made from sheets of thin Malsouka pastry, and is stuffed with egg, tuna and parsley before being fried. Similarly, a fricasse is a popular street food, and is a savoury doughnut that’s filled with tuna, boiled egg, olives, boiled potato and harissa. Couscous is the national dish of Tunisia, so it’s worth trying some before you leave. For a tasty dessert, pick up some Bambaloni, a sweet doughnut that can be enjoyed on-the-go and in restaurants.
The myriad of medinas dotted around Tunis and Sousse are undoubtedly the best place to pick up authentic gifts and souvenirs from your travels. Be sure to get haggling to ensure the best possible prices. In Hammamet, locals and tourists alike have the Costa Mall on their doorstep. Not only does it offer an area for hassle-free shopping, the mall has got everything from clothes to souvenirs and household goods.
Fast facts about Tunisia
Direct flight time: 4.5 hours
Transfer time: Varies
Time zone: GMT +1
Currency: Tunisian dinar
Average price of a domestic beer: 3 dinar
Average price of a bottle of wine: 20 dinar
Number of Brit tourists per year: 19,000