An enchanting blend of European sophistication and Arabian exoticism, a great diversity awaits any visitors to Tunisia, perched on the edge of the Mediterranean 130 kilometres southwest of Sicily. You’ll find a contrast of landscapes from the vast Sahara in the south, to towering mountains and a lush interior, complemented by the sweeping coastal beaches and white-washed buildings.
Perfectly complimentary, your Tunisian resort guarantees first-class facilities such as contemporary cuisine in fabulous restaurants, relaxing swimming pools and spas, an array of sophisticated shops, beach – side location and much, much more. Marry this emphasis of refinement to outstanding North African architecture, the thrill of local bazaars and of course famous hospitality and you have yourself one incredible holiday experience. Choose Tunisia for memories that will last a lifetime.
Resort Guide to Yasmine Hammamet
Yasmine Hammamet is Tunisia’s new resort development, situated 11kms from the centre of Hammamet. This purpose-built resort benefits from a long stretch of golden sands that are gently lapped by the Mediterranean Sea. Flanked with sunbeds and parasols, a promenade runs alongside the beach boasting beach clubs and activity.
Yasmine Hammamet is home to a 780-berth marina and offers plenty of opportunity to explore. During the evening it’s home to a casino, a promenade, numerous shops, cafes and a large entertainment centre, although most evening entertainment centres in hotels. The town centre bursts with shops and bazaars where you can buy anything from pottery and spices, to carpets and jewellery.
Hammamet is a 20 minute taxi ride away and well worth exploring, with its shops and Medina. If you head out of town to Nabeul, the choice of ceramics and pottery is amazing. For golfers the 18-hole Yasmine golf course beckons those wanting to brush up on their handicap.
Transfer time from airport: 1 hour-30 mins approx.
Resort Guide to Hammamet
From flower-filled orchards, citrus and olive groves, 2 exquisite sandy bays – they’re all to be found in Hammamet, known as Tunisia’s garden resort.
If you’re not soaking up the sun at one of the 2 spectacular beaches, you’ll discover things to see and do, from the 15th century kabash that juts dramatically out into the bay, to the old walled medina at the foot of the kabash, squeezed to the brim with shops selling everything from carpets to the local jangling brass ware. More shops are concentrated in Hammamet’s busy bazaars and if you need a break, there are numerous cafe-bars and restaurants to sample.
At night, the resort’s hotels lead the night time activities with colourful floor shows and entertainment, although a few discos, clubs and 2 casinos exist in the town centre. Golf fanatics should head to Hammamet’s 2 18-hole nearby golf courses ‘Yasmine’ and the ‘Citrus’, plus there’s first-class sports facilities including tennis and watersports from the beach.
Transfer time from airport: 1hour-30 mins approx.
Resort Guide to Mahdia
Set on a narrow peninsula, and tucked away like a jewel between Sousse and Sfax, this port modestly conceals its prestigious and illustrious past. Charming, friendly and relaxed Mahdia offers a glimpse of Tunisian life.
The main attraction is its old ‘medina’ the entrance to which is through an enormous 16th century gate. At this medina you’ll find leatherware, silver, birdcages, carpets and handcrafted products. Don’t miss the covered souk where you can haggle for bargain.
From the medina’s main cobbled street, Rue Ali Bey, you can walk to picturesque Place du Caire – here you’ll find cafes. Look out for the ornate arched doorway and octagonal minaret on the southern side of the square, which belongs to the 16th century Mosque. If you continue east on the Rue Ali Bey, the Great Mosque rises into view, past that is the 16th century fortress, which stands on the highest point of the peninsula.
Outside the Medina, Mahdia is a working port with good value restaurants. Nightlife is low-key and centres in the hotels, offering bars and entertainment.
Transfer time from airport: 1hour approx.
Resort Guide to Port El Kantaoui
This modern resort has been specially created for tourists, so it’s no surprise that it’s virtually self-contained, built in a sophisticated mix of Turkish, Andalucian and Arabics-tyles – it offers everything for a fantastic sun, sea and sporting holiday.
Built to reflect the old Arabian-style, the complex is relaxed and full of charm, thanks to its many arched, cobbled alleys, garden squares, waterfront shops and cafes which are grouped around a pretty marina dotted with gently bobbing boats and yachts. Every taste and mood is catered for here, so you can do anything from relax on the golden sandy beach to play tennis, horse-ride or try your hand at windsurfing or a more leisurely pedalo trip out into the bay. Golf enthusiasts will also appreciate Kantaoui’s 2 18-hole tournament courses, with their splendid olive-slopes rolling down to the sea. In the evenings all the hotels lay on their own folklore or colourful music shows to entertain you.
Transfer time from airport: 30-40 minutes approx.
Resort Guide to Skanes
Lying on a small headland embraced by olive trees Skanes offers miles of shimmering, fine sands, backed by stylish hotels and lush palm gardens – great for a sun & surf holiday.
Ideally located between Sousse and Monastir, Skanes offers the best of both worlds. For beachlovers, Skanes boasts more than 5kms of soft, almost pure white sand. Most of the activity, day and night revolves around the hotels, with their excellent choice of sports and colourful evening entertainment. A nearby 18-hole golf ‘Palm Links’ or the ‘Flamingo’ course in Monastir beckons golf enthusiasts who want to brush up on their handicap.
When you feel like exploring, nearby Monastir boasts an intriguing Moorish quarter, a busy marina and waterfront complex complete with shops, as well as a Medieval Rabat fortress which was the setting for ‘The life of Brian’ and some scenes from ‘Raiders of the lost Ark’, and Sousse with its big-city bustle is well worth a visit.
Transfer time from airport: 10-15 minutes approx.
Resort Guide to Sousse
Sensational golden beaches ideal for sunbathing and gentle watersports, lots of modern attractions, old Tunisian charm and historical interest – Sousse has it all. When you’re not sunning yourself or taking a camel-ride at a nearby stable or farm, a variety of activities await – from a tour of the imposing monastery fortress to a few hours shopping at a delightful souk that quite literally glitters with gold. Wander the streets or haggle over a few bargains to take back home.
There are plenty of pavement restaurants, bars and cafes, so make sure you try some of Tunisia’s specialities, such as a plate of cous-cous topped with fresh lamb or fish. Around the Medina is the modern town with its thriving port, shops and restaurants, and on Sundays an open – air market. In August, the town comes alive with festival parades along the waterfront. If you fancy getting out there’s an array of day trips to enjoy, from the nearby holy city of Kairouan to the famous Roman ruins at El Jem.
Transfer time from airport: 30-40 minutes approx