A treasure trove of age-old customs and cultural gems, where ancient streets lead to golden beaches

This North African gem is teeming with historical sites, lively culture and natural wonders. You could wander the blue and white cobbled streets of 13th-century Sidi Bou Said. Marvel at the remains of Roman Carthage and Tunisia’s UNESCO World Heritage Medina in Tunis. Or head to see the sun shimmer on the Chott-el-Jerid salt lake. If you crave escapism, the palm-fringed beach resorts won’t disappoint. 

Practical Information

Tunisian dinar (in 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 notes).

Public holidays
25 October, 7 November, 1 and 3 January, 20 and 21 March, 9 April, 1 May, 18 and 25 July, 13 August.

Distinctive flavours inspired by Tunisia’s Mediterranean neighbours. Remember, in accordance with Islamic custom, eating pork is forbidden.   

Tipping etiquette
Tipping is not expected.

Towns have private yellow taxis and this is the fastest, and most comfortable, way to get around.


When To Go

With warm, dry summers and pleasantly mild winters, Tunisia’s climate is distinctly Mediterranean. Late autumn’s the perfect time to explore the mystical Saharan sands and in November the date harvests will have just finished. If you’re longing for long, hot days on the beach, you’ll find summer is just right and the coast will be bustling. Springtime (March to May) is more warm than sizzling, when wild flowers carpet the countryside.


Top Tip from SLH

There’s more than one way to enjoy the honey-hued Tunisian sands. Ride across the desert on horseback or drift over the Sahara in a private hot-air balloon.