Located in Northern Africa, Tunisia boasts a wealth of history and culture. Spend your time checking out the numerous archaeological sites such as the ruins of Carthage or head to one of the many bustling bazaars in Tunis which sell spices, locally made jewellery, textiles and so much more. Tunisia holidays aren't just about the markets and ancient history though. With a Mediterranean Sea coastline, Tunisia also offers plenty of beautiful beaches, seaside resorts and magnificent marinas. If you're after action, check out one of the golf courses, or turn your hand to water sports such as sailing and windsurfing.
There are direct flights to Tunisia from most major UK airports with the journey taking around three and a half hours. Most Tunisia flights from the UK land at Tunis-Carthage International Airport which is located around eight kilometres from the capital city of Tunis.
Catching a bus or taxi are the best ways of reaching the city centre from the airport. Bus #35 departs roughly every half an hour from the front of the airport terminal to Tunis and is the cheapest option. Alternatively, a taxi will take around 15 to 20 minutes and will cost around 5D during the day, but note that fares double after 9pm at night until 5am in the morning. Although most taxi drivers are honest, some have been known to rip tourists off, so beware of rigged meters. The safest option is to hail a taxi from the departures halls' second floor.
Cheap hotels in Tunisia can be found in most of the major tourist areas by booking in advance. July and August are peak times for holidays in Tunisia as it is hottest and driest, although it is still worth visiting outside of these months as you'll often find cheaper Tunisia holiday deals and still enjoy good weather.
Haggling is very much a part of the culture in Tunisia and is expected and encouraged. If you see an item you like in one of the many authentic souks around the country don't pay the asking price, use your powers of persuasion to knock the price down - you should be able to get at least 50% off. Good value, authentic Tunisian fare can be picked up for next to nothing at one of the many street stalls. Try the fricasse (a small, fried tuna sandwich) or bambaloony (sweet, fried doughnut-like cake). Being a mainly Muslim country, alcoholic drinks can be expensive and, outside of resorts, difficult to find. If you fancy a tipple, consider bringing a bottle of duty free with you to avoid paying the hiked up hotel prices.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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