Holidays in Tunisia
A land bursting with souks and spices amidst desert dunes. A place for romantics, beach-lovers, barterers and adventurers, this sun-kissed land entices and delights many people for many reasons. The Romans loved it, and so do we, and it’s not hard to think why with our great selection of Tunisia holidays. Echoing with the regular call to prayer, Tunisia and Djerba give us a rich taste of the exotic.
You can expect up to 12 hours of sun a day in the summer months.
Enfidha Airport (NBE), around 100km from the capital, Tunis.
Book a holiday to Tunisia with Thomas Cook and enjoy ancient historical ruins, film sets and camel rides against a spectacular desert backdrop.
The popular resort of Hammamet is situated along the north-east coast where you’ll find stretches of sand and clear blue waters, a hotspot for watersports and relaxation. The town of Sousse is perfect if you want the old with the new, like the ancient walled medina set alongside modern cafés and restaurants. If you prefer the quiet and enchanting, turn to Djerba, an island off the south-east coast of Tunisia. Stroll around the quaint villages, learn about the culture of the island and take some time to explore the charming markets.
The captivating Roman ruins at Carthage and the colossal Roman amphitheatre at El Djem are just a taster of the unmissable history on offer. The enchanting Tunisian island of Djerba encompasses numerous relics of its past including the imposing fort of Borj El Kabir. Even the resorts themselves are filled with historical evidence, from the medieval walled medinas to the traditional, stimulating markets – it is not difficult to be amazed by the charm of the traditions and the history that contributes to create these wonderful destinations.
Imagine yourself whizzing across the Saharan sands with a desert safari or watching the incredible scenery fly by as you travel via train through the gorges of Selja. Discover miles of breathtaking coastline scattered with modern marinas and a selection of fantastic golf courses. The sight of the pink flamingos at the coast of Ras el R'Mel is striking. For an unforgettable experience try a camel ride at a leisurely pace. Or if you want to get your heart racing, one of the best activities in Tunisia is a 4x4 jeep ride through the Sahara desert.
The tranquil La Marsa beach, in the capital of Tunis, is perfect for those long relaxing days with its shimmering emerald sea and soft, white sands. Enjoy a shore-based dive off the coast of Hammamet and see a World War II wreck, or scuba dive along the coral coast admiring the vibrant reefs. For a laid-back atmosphere, the places to go in Tunisia are the marinas. Take a pleasure cruise by day and then dine out in style, perhaps trying a Tunisian speciality, Brik - a deep-fried tuna and egg turnover or the national dish of couscous, beside the clear, Mediterranean waters.
Sahara Explorer - a two-day adventure taking in Tunisia’s ancient sights and the awe-inspiring Sahara Desert.
El Jem: follow in the footsteps of the mighty gladiators at the impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa.
Visit the famous Star Wars set.
Language: The main language spoken in Tunisia is Arabic.
Currency: The currency used in Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar (TND).
Local time: Tunisia is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Enfidha Airport (NBE), around 100km from the capital, Tunis.
Flight time from UK: Approx. 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Tunisia tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Tunisia.
Temperature: Mid-30s (°C) in July and August.
Best time to visit Tunisia: You can expect up to 12 hours of sun a day in the summer months.
The weather in Tunisia has a combination of Mediterranean and African climate. The north of Tunisia, where most tourist resorts are found, reaches temperatures in the mid-30s (°C) in July and August, with mild winters. Southern regions are generally hotter, with temperatures reaching 45°C.
By train: Rail is one of the best ways to get around Tunisia, with a 7-day railcard allowing unlimited travel on all routes. Cards require 2 passport photographs and can be bought from any main train station in Tunisia.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available from most tourist resorts.
By hire car: Cars are available to hire within Tunisia or can be pre-booked.
By bus: The bus is ideal for those wanting value for money.
Summer festivals: In Tunisia, most cultural events and festivals, such as the Carthage International Festival - the country’s biggest arts event, take place in the summer months. Many of these feature traditional dance and drama performances and even circuses.
Theatre season: This typically lasts from October to June, with the grand Roman amphitheatres hosting music performances, from folklore to pop music.