Cheap Holidays to Tunisia
Tunisia is North Africa's smallest country but this beautifully diverse country certainly punches above its weight in terms of its tourism resources. Tunisia main attraction is its fantastic beaches but it has so much more to offer than beaches, it has golf, Sahara trips and culture making it a great family holiday destination.
Holidays in Tunisia
Tunisia is located on the north coast of Africa and is sandwiched between two much larger countries, Algeria and Libya. The country is split by the Atlas Mountains into two distinct areas, the semi-arid south and the lush north. Unsurprisingly the south of Tunisia is desert, which merges with the Sahara desert further south. The land is not totally arid as it is punctuated with date palm oasis and has the river Medjerda rising and flowing through the country. The north of Tunisia is much more fertile and has large expanses of cork forests, grazing land and arable land producing various different vegetables and citrus produce.
The beaches in Tunisia are its main attraction for families. To the north of Tunis you'll find delightful beaches such as La Goulette, Salambo, Sidi Bou Said and La Marsa. To the west of Tunis is the Cape Bon peninsula which also has amazing safe family friendly beaches and tourist resorts such as Hammamet Soliman Plage, Kelibia, Menzel Temime, El Haouaria Korba, Maamoura, and Nabeul. The south of the country is equally blessed with beautiful beaches, and in particular the Isle of Djerba where you can get that desert island feel from the thousands of date palms rising from the sea, which is why it is called the Polynesia of the Mediterranean.
Tunisia benefits from year round sunshine. There are two main influences on the weather, the cooler Mediterranean to the north of the Atlas Mountains and the hot dry Sahara desert to the south. Summer temperatures, July and August, can be really high and peaking at around 45 degrees in southern Tunisia and around 35 degrees centigrade in the north. We think that young children may find the mid summer temperatures too hot so we recommend going in either the Autumn or late spring .
Visa & Currency
The good news for UK passport holders is that, provided you have at least the period of your stay (safer to have at least 6 months) and up to three months you don't need a visa.
Tunisian currency is only available from inside Tunisia. You may sometimes be able to get a better rate of exchange within your hotel as opposed to the local banks. Have a look around before exchanging to get the better deal.
Map of Tunisia
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Mr Olivier, Aug 2011
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