As if the wildlife and the beaches were not beautiful enough, the coral reefs beneath the waters’ surface cannot be missed, and provide excellent diving opportunities for all ages and abilities. Find diving centres in Hammamet, Djerba, Hergla and Monastir where you can learn and improve on your technique.
Make the most of the Saharan landscape by taking a desert trek around the inland sands. Let a horse or a camel carry you in the direction you choose and see the sights and attractions of the area on a tour with a difference. Or for more adrenaline, hire a jeep and jolt your way over the dusty dunes.
The area’s coast enjoys a long sailing season due to its gentle yet persistent winds, and therefore also provides suitable conditions for other sports such as windsurfing, pedalos and waterskiing. Hammamet and Sousse offer ample facilities for such pursuits, although you will never be far from sport resorts along the Tunisian coast.
A golfer’s paradise can be found in Hammamet, where Citrus Gold Course offers two 18 hole courses and a 9 hole course for all types of golfers as well as a shop and restaurant to keep everyone occupied. For an even bigger range, head to Kantaoui where you will find a 36 hole golf course.
Markets and Medinas
The souks and medinas of the country’s bustling centres have a long heritage marked by the mosques, markets and monuments entwined in the tangle of streets and alleyways. Wander the marketplaces awash with colour and let your thoughts float away as you get to the heart of Tunisian culture here.
Examine intricate Roman mosaics in the Bardo Museum, or see the more obscure discoveries of the local excavations in the Carthage Museum, from sculptures to ceramics. Get a feel for the culture and life of the past, visit the Museum of Traditional Inheritance, where the jewels, dress and furniture of the country’s ancestors sparkle for all to see
Tunisia is an ancient province, and its far reaching past can be seen in the 6th century cities of Pheonician and Punic, where the legendary general Hannibal originated from. The island’s history is also preserved in Sousse, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its labyrinthine medina, and still an important city today.
There are two cathedrals in Tunisia, Saint Louis Cathedral which dominates Byrsa hill, and the more ornate Cathedral of Saint Vincent de Paul in the centre of Tunis. Both are 19th century Roman Catholic builds and remain lively religious hubs of activity today.
Tunisia’s vast expanse of beautiful beaches allows for lots of hidden spots along the coast. El Haouaria offers a stretch of quieter sands, bays and villages for an unforgettable couples retreat, although there are also plenty of more exclusive resorts which offer the advantage of private beaches for a holiday of real luxury
Taste Mediterranean cuisine with a twist in Tunisia, as the local dishes blend fresh produce with exotic flavours and spices to get the tongue tingling. For more special and romantic dining, head to the busier centres of Tunis and Djerba where there are a wide range of eateries for all budgets and occasions.
In exploring the souks and markets you will find the most unique shopping experience available in Tunisia, where the pashminas, spices and local custom create a vibrant and infectious atmosphere that can fill hours of browsing and bartering, and result in some great finds to remember your trip by.
Tunisia was once ruled by the Ottoman, and thankfully they left the delights of the Turkish Bath behind. Benefitting from the natural hot springs, they are scattered all around the area, and small villages like Erriadh, Djerba, have some gorgeous and tranquil hammans to while away an afternoon in bliss.
Family Friendly Beaches
Hammamet and Nabeul beaches are blessed with a vast expanse of golden sand and a diverse range of activity which are family friendly in every way. Salambo is particularly safe for younger children and has ample facilities yet fewer crowds for some quality family time in the sun, sand and sea.
Things to Do
There are lots of family friendly activities in Tunisia. Make a splash in the water park or head over to Friguia Park to see the animals in their natural environment in this safari style attraction. For a walk on the wild side, take a camel ride or go pony trekking in the desert, a real experience to remember.
Tunisian food is fresh and flavoursome, often with a kick, but there are lots of simpler dishes such as rices and casseroles to keep the fussy eaters happier. To be sure to find a family friendly restaurant, stick to the busier resorts such as Tunis where you will find pizzerias and simple taverns.
Resorts such as Hammamet are perfect due to their gentle waters and expansive beaches, so here you can enjoy swimming, pedalos and snorkelling without worrying about the waves, For the more adventurous, diving is a popular activity available for all ages.