There’s a simple answer to that question – yes, you should!
Tunisia a melting pot of culture, mystery, history, architecture, fantastic beaches, and of course, great weather. Put simply, it’s a fantastic choice for a summer holiday, and the main resorts of Sousse, Hammamet and Monastir cater for every sunshine jaunt whim, as well as capital Tunis, with plenty of culture to experience.
Many people have been put off visiting Tunisia because of the unsettled government situation in the last few years, however this is now settling. The best advice to give is to always heed any guidance you’re given, to stick to tourist resorts, avoid any demonstrations, and to check up to date government advice online prior to visiting. If you follow that advice, you’ll have a safe and memorable holiday for all the right reasons.
If you travel with a large holiday company, such as First Choice, then you’re not going to have any problems, because you have ABTA and ATOL protection, as well as your trusty rep at your side, so there’s no reason not to enjoy everything that Tunisia has to offer, and it certainly has plenty of that.
You don’t generally need a visa to visit Tunisia for a holiday, because British citizens are fine for the first three months, however other nationalities should check with the official consulate regarding any other requirements. Vaccination wise, if you’re arriving from a country at risk of Yellow Fever, then you will need a vaccination for this, otherwise nothing is required.
So, let’s get onto the fun stuff.
Tunisia is located on the North African coast, and it is an Arab and Muslim country, with the Sahara desert playing a big part in it tourism. You can’t visit and not head into the desert, with Douz and Tozeur two must-visit desert towns. You can of course do the usual camel ride, and fans of Star Wars will be interested to visit the place where some of the movie was filmed.
We mentioned earlier that the Mediterranean coastal resorts are the most popular. Hammamet’s old town is a charming place to visit, with narrow streets and cafes to watch the world go by. Sousse is Tunisia’s second city, so you can expect a busy and bustling resort. The beach here is picturesque, with an ancient medina to explore.
Out and about there are plenty of areas of interest, and it all depends on your personal preferences as to where you head. The Atlas Mountains and the Sidi Toui National Park are both popular for scenery and wildlife, so remember your camera and comfortable walking shoes for these particular destinations. If you’re into culture then the Great Mosque of Kairouan and Al-Zaytuna Mosque are great places to head, however do remember to read up on mosque etiquette before you visit.
Of course, you’re visiting a beautiful beach resort, so you’re going to want to spend some time splashing in that inviting Mediterranean Sea, and basking in the Tunisian sunshine. Well, you’re in luck. La Marsa, Raf Raf Beach, and Tabarka Beach are popular beaches away from the main resort stretches, however Djerba Beach is a must visit for sheer beauty alone.
The best times to visit Tunisia are April, May and September, avoiding the winter months of November, to February, when rain will play a huge part in your break.
So, to answer the question of should you visit Tunisia – are you convinced?