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The major beach resorts may be the main attraction in modern Tunisia but the past still plays a very important role. The ancient city of Carthage once dominated here, and the conquering Romans also made a huge impact.
One of the best times to visit Tunisia is in the springtime between April and June. You won’t have the scorching heat of the summer, and in the northern part of the country the fields burst into life with colourful poppies and other wild flowers. It’s also the apricot season, so you can sample some of these delicious fruits fresh from the trees.
Although it’s generally a warm country, in the winter it can get quite chilly in the north. In the summer, the temperatures can be very hot, especially in the south of the country towards the Sahara.
In terms of tourist numbers, at less than three hours from the UK, it can get very busy during the school holidays, so book early if travelling then. Avoid the high season for a bigger choice of cheap flights to Tunisia.
As a major summer holiday destination just a few hours from the UK, flights during the high season can get booked up early. However, with regular departures to Tunisia from several major airlines, prices tend not to get too expensive. Here are some tricks to finding the best prices on Tunisian airfares with Expedia.
Being flexible is always a great way to save. You can use our ‘Nearby airports’ option to compare prices from various airports in the UK and in Tunisia. You can also select ‘Show flexible dates’ to see prices on other days around your chosen departures.
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Tunis-Carthage International Airport is the main airport of the capital and largest in the country. It’s named after the historic city that once stood just to the east of modern Tunis.
The airport is served by a network of buses and taxis, but there are no rail services close by.
Enfidha-Hammamet International serves the major tourist destination of Sousse and the resorts that line the coast here. Opening in 2009, it is a modern air hub with ample facilities.
If you are travelling long distances, then taking internal flights is the quickest and most convenient way of getting around. However, some of the intercity road network is in surprisingly good condition. The main A1, 2 and 3 roads resemble modern motorways allowing relatively easy car travel, so a rental car is a good option during your stay.
Getting taxis can be a bit of hassle, and involves a fair amount of negotiation, especially at the airports. Stick to your guns and be prepared to walk away if the price is not right.
The national train company SNCFT also offers a fairly comfortable service between several major cities, including Tunis, Sousse and Monastir.
These days, Tunisia may be best known for its beach resorts but it is also place of fascinating history, architecture and culture. Although little remains of Carthage, the ruins of this great city are still well worth seeing. Many of the remaining structures date to the Roman times, a period when this was the capital of Roman Africa.
The resorts of Monastir and Sousse cater for tourists but there is plenty of history here too. The Sousse medina and souk are a Unesco World Heritage Site and are not to be missed. A trip to the dessert comes highly recommended too, where you can even visit some of the filming locations for the original Star Wars movie.
The UK Foreign Office currently advises against travel to some parts of Tunisia, specifically areas close to the Libyan border and in many parts of the extreme south. It also advises caution for areas close to the Algerian border. However, much of the north and eastern parts of the country are designated safe and with no travel advice beyond the normal considerations.
British passport holders don’t need visas for trips of up to three months.