Want to visit Tunisia? We share the best time to visit, where to go and how to get there, all in this Tunisia vacation guide.
Why visit Tunisia
With beaches and souks, monuments and amazing food, Tunisia has a lot to offer visitors. This small Arab country in North Africa is known for its many historical attractions but it is also a great place to enjoy the sun and relax by the beach. More and more companies are offering cheap holidays to Tunisia as the country grows in tourism.
Best time to visit tunisia
Tunisia has a mediterranean climate meaning you can enjoy hot dry summers and milder winters but it is fairly warm all year. The best time to visit is in May, June or September, when the weather is warm but not too hot. You can visit in the summer and deals can be found for these months too but expect the average temperature to be around 33C.
Try to avoid October through to April if you plan on visiting the north of Tunisia as this can be a rainy time of the year.
Getting a visa for Tunisia
Depending on where you are from, you may need a visa. If you are a US, EU or British citizen, you can enter Tunisia without a visa for up to 90 days. You can find out if you need a visa online and for those that do, you can complete a Tunisian eVisa application online too.
Getting to Tunisia
There are several ways visitors can travel to Tunisia. Of course, many will choose to take a flight to Tunisia’s main airport ’Tunis-carthage International’ with direct flights available from plenty of destinations in Europe and North and West Africa. Those travelling from Asia, the Americas or Australia will have to change over in Europe or North Africa.
You could also take a ferry to Tunisia, with a few different options from Italy and France. Just make sure to book ferries in advance if travelling in July and August as they can be more expensive and get booked up quickly.
Accommodation in Tunisia
When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of options for those visiting Tunisia. It has fast become one of the biggest tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, meaning you can expect a lot of accommodation options in Tunisia.
Resorts – Along the seaside, you’ll find plenty of beautiful hotels and resorts. These tend to include pools, activities for children, games and sports, on-site restaurants and even horse riding classes. Some offer all-inclusive experiences too, meaning you can really relax, unwind and not worry about what you are spending on food and drink.
Luxury and business hotels – The main towns and cities are also home to business hotels. These are good options fi you want to experience the city center and are often near plenty of restaurants.
Guest houses or rural farmhouses – Countryside can be found all over Tunisia,meaning you can experience something different on your trip to the country. Whether it is a local guest house on the edge of a forest or a farm that has been converted to a guesthouse, there are plenty of unique accommodation options in Tunisia.
Best things about Tunisia
Tunisia has so many things to offer, from famous landmarks in Tunisia to incredible golden beaches. Here are just a few of the best places to visit in Tunisia:
- El Djem Amphitheater – The walls of this roman amphitheater tower over the nearby modern town. This is a well-preserved Roman relic and one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Tunisia.
- Carthage – This ancient town is a unique thing to do in Tunisia, home to ruins of the ancient city and rivalling the ruins you will see in Rome.
- Grand Erg Oriental – The Sahara in Tunisia covers much of the countries interior, with the most beautiful park of the desert being the Grand Erg Oriental. The dunes are surreal, forming huge waves of endless sands; perfect for those looking for a dune buggy adventure or camel trek.
- Djerba – For a picture-perfect beach, head to the island of Djerba. There is a nearby old town named Houmt Souk, where you can find a picturesque view of whitewashed houses and there are plenty of vendors to pick up a souvenir or two.
- Sidi Bou Said – For an alternative to Santorini, head to this photograhic clifftop village. You can explore the whitewashed alleyways and see the colourful blue doors or this cute village and soak up the laid-back atmosphere as the sun sets.
- Bulla Regia – Tunisia has plenty of Roman Ruins and the Bulla Regia is another excellent site to visit. The inhabitants coped with the summer climate by building their homes underground, leaving a well preserved, underground city, ready to explore.
- The National Bardo Museum – This museum won’t fail to impress you, exhibiting some of the most beautiful mosaics in the world. This is one of the best museums in North Africa and is a must visit for all who visits Tunisia.
- Sousse – After it’s terrorist attack in 2015, the seaside city of Sousse is a quieter but still beautiful place to visit in Tunisia. You can explore the historic town, see the elegant Aghlabite Great Mosque and rejoin the gorgeous beaches.
- Tunis – Whilst in Tunisia, make sure to spend at least one day in the capital Tunis. See the great arches of the Bab el Bhar, explore the grand cathedrals, shop in the lively souks and enjoy the diverse culture this capital has to offer.
What to pack
- No matter where we travel to, I always take these trusty hand sanitizer’s and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these, over backpack and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.
- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
- This is our favourite travel Insurance because it covers so many activities and travel situations that could arise on longer trips but also offers year coverage.