Daniel Riley September 07th, 2018 1,706 views
After the devastating terror attack in Sousse in 2015, Tunisia essentially became a tourism 'no-go' across most of the western nations, including the UK. The terror attacks in Paris led to a similar pattern of potential tourists avoiding the destination for a short time before returning back to enjoying everything it has to offer.
Despite a three year absence from holiday brochures, Tunisia is starting to see a bounce back too and deservedly so. This bounce back is documented in many places, namely The Telegraph which features an article about 'why now is the perfect time to visit Tunisia'. Our own data at Cheekytrip also shows a 62% increase in Tunisia searches over the past year. Still not convinced? Let us take you through some of the best reasons to holiday in Tunisia...
Tunisia has an abundance of unique food and drinks dishes that will leave your tastebuds wanting more! With its deep-rooted history, Tunisia has food that originates from all corners of the globe. Classic Asian cuisine, tapas bars, French dishes, Italian dishes are just some of the things that you can expect from your typical restaurant that overlooks the sea. Magon is also a must-try wine in Tunisia, named after the native Mago who wrote the first guide on how to make wine.
The country has a wide variety of resorts that are perfect whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, in a small group or a family. With tourist numbers just starting to pick up again, booking now will most likely result in some great deals in a vast selection of peaceful resorts. Yasmine Hammamet is highly recommended with an international standard marina, cafes, restaurants and Carthage Land Theme Park which is great for the kids! There is also Mahdia to visit with its long stretches of beach free from commercialisation and the Carthage Coast which has been likened to the French Riviera.
Tunisia is much, much cheaper than the UK. This is due to both the economy of the country and the fact that the tourism industry is just starting to pick itself back up again. That is why going soon is probably going to give you the best bang for your buck. According to statistics on Numbeo, a 3-course meal for 2 people at a mid-range restaurant averages around £10. The local beer is less than £1 per 500ml and a mid-range bottle of wine is around £2.80. The costs in supermarkets and leisure activities are also astonishingly low. If you are looking for a budget holiday, Tunisia is certainly your place!
As I briefly mentioned earlier, the history of Tunisia is fascinating and the remnants of much of that rich history can still be seen today. El Djem is the largest amphitheatre in the whole of Africa and is a pretty surreal place to immerse yourself. Due to the current tourist situation, there are also no queues for you to worry about compared to its counterpart in Rome. The Bardo National Museum is second to only the Egyptian Museum of Cairo for collection size in the whole of Africa and is certainly worth the trip. The Great Mosque of Kairouan completes this mini-list. A visit to this huge complex built in the year 670 CE is like stepping through a time machine!
Tunisia is home to an astonishing 1250km of coastline and has a string of idyllic islands to its name. Most of that coastline takes you seamlessly into the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea which provides lovely bathing, swimming and water-sport conditions all year round. Monastir is highly recommended with its golden, sandy shores which are navigable by boat, on foot or by camel! If you are looking for a relatively untouched beach, even less-used by locals, then consider a trip to El Haouaria. This beach is surrounded by sleepy villages, steep cliffs and plenty of places to capture that perfect picture!
So there you have it. They are just some of the many great reasons to start putting Tunisia back on your list of beautiful destinations to visit. Tourism is a major part of the Tunisian economy and since the tragic attacks in 2015, security has gotten much tighter and people are slowly but surely starting to flock back to the country for what it should be known for - a stunning North African destination and a very affordable holiday for us Brits.
A tonne of useful information can also be found on the Tunisia Tourist Board and you can see what the 300k+ fans of Tunisia are saying over on Facebook.
Some people still aren't comfortable with travelling to Tunisia, which is understandable. Others are moving on from the tragic attacks and getting to know the real side of Tunisia again.