A Solo Travel Guide To Tunisia: What to Know, See and Experience

If you’re a solo traveller seeking a unique blend of history, culture, relaxation and adventure, then Tunisia should be on your travel list.

During my one-week solo trip to this North African gem, I explored bustling markets, learned about the historical significance of El Jem – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, savoured Tunisian cuisine, and basked in the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea. I also embarked on road trips to explore the Northern tip of Africa and met a lot of friendly locals.

Tunisia is a stunning country in North Africa boasting ancient ruins, stunning beaches, and diverse landscapes. The capital city of Tunis holds great cultural significance and showcases the country’s melting pot of different cultures. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Tunisia should be on your radar as many scenes were filmed in the country and can be explored.

Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa and may often be overlooked compared to other popular destinations like Morocco and Egypt. With its year-round temperate climate and diverse landscapes, it’s worth a visit. 

This solo travel guide to Tunisia will provide you with insights and recommendations on things to do, see, and experience. Whether you’re interested in exploring ancient ruins, relaxing on stunning beaches, or experiencing this country’s food culture, Tunisia has something for every solo traveller.

El Jem point of view

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Travel Advice For Tunisia

Here are some important things you should know before visiting Tunisia.

  1. Dress appropriately: Tunisia is a Muslim country, and visitors should be respectful of local customs and traditions. Tunisia is a liberal but conservative country compared to its neighbouring Islamic countries. I  still recommend dressing modestly, especially when visiting mosques, souks or other religious sites. In beach areas and resorts, you can pretty much wear whatever you want. 
  2. Don’t bring a drone to the country, without applying for a permit beforehand. 
  3. It is strictly prohibited to take Tunisian dinars out of the country. To exchange any Tunisian dinars left over at the end of your stay into Sterling or other hard currency you will need to show the receipt from the bank where you first withdrew the dinars. Please note that receipts from cash machines are not accepted.
  4. Language: The official language in Tunisia is Arabic, but French is also widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. English is not as commonly spoken, so it may be helpful to learn some basic Arabic or French phrases.
  5. Currency: The currency in Tunisia is the Tunisian dinar (TND). You can exchange currency at banks or exchange offices, and ATMs are widely available in major cities.
  6. Weather: Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The best time to visit is in the spring or fall when temperatures are more comfortable.
  7. Getting around Tunisia: If you are travelling with local taxis, go for metered taxis only and check that the meter is on from the beginning of the ride. The ride-hailing app, Bolt works in many cities around Tunisia and you can order an Uber on the app. Drivers only accept cash as payment. 
  8. Cash is king: When travelling around Tunisia, expect to pay in cash for a lot of things. I recommend carrying small bills of cash for shopping in Souks (markets), hole-in-the-wall restaurants and street food vendors. 
  9. Safety: Tunisia is generally a safe country, but visitors should be aware of their surroundings and take precautions against petty crime. Avoid travelling alone at night and be cautious in crowded areas.
  10. Time zone: West Africa Time +1

The Best Time To Visit Tunisia

In short, Tunisia is one of those countries that you can visit all year round as it has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.  I visited in December for a winter escape and it was warmer than the UK with temperatures averaging around 23C. The best time to travel to Tunisia depends on your preferences and what you want to do while you’re there. Here are some tips to help you decide when to visit:

The hottest months of the year are  June-August.  If you’re a beach lover, then summer is the best time to visit Tunisia. The temperatures are warm and the sea is perfect for swimming. However, keep in mind that this is peak tourist season, so prices will be higher and popular destinations will be crowded.

If you want to avoid crowds and enjoy milder temperatures, then spring is a good time to visit Tunisia from March to May.  The weather is pleasant, and you can explore the country’s many historical and cultural sites without the high summer heat.

Like spring, September-November is another great time to visit Tunisia. The weather is still warm, and you can enjoy outdoor activities without the summer crowds. 

December- February is a great time to visit if you’re interested in exploring Tunisia’s cities and cultural sites, then winter is a good time to visit. While the temperatures can be cooler, you’ll avoid the crowds and still enjoy a bit of winter sun! 

Keep in mind that the holy month of Ramadan falls on different dates each year, and it’s important to be respectful of local customs and traditions during this time.

Jaz Tour Khalef hotel

Travelling to Tunisia in 2024 – The entry requirements

On December 1 2022, Tunisia updated the rules regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. Tourists can enter Tunisia without having to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result. However, upon arrival, travellers may be required to provide their contact details and travel information to the authorities.

For British and US passport holders, a visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days, provided that they can demonstrate sufficient funds to cover their expenses and have evidence of their return ticket. Nigerian passport holders would need a tourist visa and can find more information on how to apply at their nearest Tunisian embassy.

While it is officially required to present evidence of a hotel reservation to enter Tunisia, this policy is not always strictly enforced.  In most cases, an explanation of alternative accommodation arrangements is accepted.

However, upon arrival, travellers may be required to provide their contact details and travel information to the authorities. I had a copy of my hotel reservations on my phone just in case but I was not asked for this by the immigration official. Always check the latest foreign travel advisories to keep up to date with the latest entry requirements. 

Essential items to pack for a solo trip to Tunisia

When packing for a solo trip to Tunisia, it’s important to consider the climate, culture, and activities you plan to engage in. Here’s a list of essential items to pack for your trip:

  1. Travel documents: Passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, copies of your accommodation information, important documents like your ID and emergency contact information.
  2. Lightweight clothing: Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate, so pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for hot weather. Include items like t-shirts, shorts, dresses, skirts, and lightweight pants. I would personally recommend packing a light jacket for cooler nights and also take into consideration when entering your clothing when entering religious sites. 
  3. Sun protection: Tunisia can get quite sunny, especially in coastal areas. Bring sunscreen with a high SPF, sunglasses, and a hat to protect you from UV rays. My go-to sunscreen is the Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Dark Spots & Anti-Pollution, Protection Fluid SPF50+. This is my favourite sunscreen because it’s light, hydrating and does not leave a white cast on my face(we all know how annoying that is if you have a darker skin tone)! Plus it’s travel-size friendly. 
  4. Comfortable footwear: Pack comfortable walking shoes or sandals for exploring cities and historical sites. 
  5. Adapter and charger: Tunisia typically uses the European standard plugs (Type C and E), so bring a universal adapter to charge your electronic devices.
  6. Power Bank: If you’re like me and you’re always capturing content on your phone it’s more likely you run out of battery on your phone quite often. This is why I always bring a power bank with me when I travel as I never want to be in a situation where my phone has died on me. 
  7. Medications and first aid kit: If you take any prescription medications, ensure you have enough for the duration of your trip. It’s also a good idea to pack a basic first-aid kit with essentials like band-aids, pain relievers, and any personal medications you may need.
  8. Cash and cards: Carry some cash in Tunisian Dinar (TND) for small purchases and emergencies. Additionally, bring your credit/debit cards for larger expenses and withdraw money from ATMs when needed. My go-to travel card is Monzo as it offers great exchange rates and I can easily track my spending.
  9. Electronics: If you plan to use electronic devices during your trip, such as a smartphone, camera, or tablet, don’t forget to bring them along with their respective chargers and adapters.
  10. Mini portable fan: If you’ve been following me long enough, I carry my mini portable fan everywhere I go, to the club, the beach, a crowded concert, and anywhere that gets hot. It has been a lifesaver for me especially travelling to countries with really hot climates. 
  11. Travel locks and money belt: Enhance the security of your belongings by using travel locks for your luggage and a money belt to keep your valuables safe. 
  12. Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle. It’s important to drink plenty of water, especially in warm climates. 
  13. Travel towel: A compact, quick-drying travel towel can be useful, especially if you plan to visit beaches or engage in water sports. 
  14. Insect repellent: Depending on the season and the areas you visit, you may encounter mosquitoes or other insects. Pack insect repellent to protect yourself from bites.

Solo female travel to Tunisia. Black girl in orange dress in hotel in Nabeul.

Getting Into Tunisia

There are 8 major international airports in Tunisia: 

  • Tunis-Carthage Airport
  • Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport
  • Djerba-Zarzis International Airport
  • Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport
  • Sfax – Thyna International Airport
  • Tozeur – Nefta International Airport
  • Gabes – Matmata International Airport
  • Gafsa – Ksar International Airport

Tunis-Carthage Airport is the biggest and most active airport in Tunisia where many airlines fly to. In addition, other popular airports are predominantly used by tourists, including Djerba Airport, Enfidha-Hammamet Airport, and Monastir Airport. 

Tunisair is the national airline of Tunisia and operates flights to and from major cities in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Air France, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Ryanair and several other airlines operate flights to Tunis and Djerba to major cities in Europe and around the world.

British Airways operates flights to Tunis from London Heathrow. Emirates operates flights to Tunis from Dubai. EasyJet operates flights from major airports in the UK to Enfidha Airport. I flew with EasyJet Enfidha airport and my flight ticket which included hand luggage was £127 in total. The flight time was just under 4 hours which was not too bad. Make sure you bring snacks as EasyJet is a budget airline which means food and drinks are not included in your journey. 

Going through immigration was smooth! Make sure you have a copy of your accommodation booking just in case they ask. I went through arrivals and noticed the airport was empty with hardly any kiosks open I arranged a private transfer to my hotel which I recommend doing as a solo traveller. If you’re travelling from Tunis airport, I would also recommend booking a private transfer to your accommodation. 

Languages Spoken in Tunisia 

The official language is Tunisian Arabic, but French and Berber are also widely spoken. I have to admit, the first few days were a struggle to communicate as my French and Arabic are quite poor. But as I engaged with more locals, learned a few basic words in French, and picked up some useful Arabic words, it made it easier to navigate around the country. Plus, the locals appreciated this.

Travel smart tip: Download the French language offline on the Google translator app so you’ll still be able to access it if you are limited to the internet. 

Local words to know to help prepare for your visit to Tunisia

While making my way to Sousse, the driver taught me a few basic words in Tunisian Arabic.  My driver was teaching me Tunisian Arabic which is the official language. French is also widely spoken so it’s a good idea to learn basic phrases to navigate yourself through the trip! Plus the locals appreciate when they hear you’re putting effort into learning their local language. 

Hello, Goodbye – Aslema, Bislema

Thank you! – Yaishek!

Yes, no – Ay, Le

What is your name? My name is … – Shnowa issmik? Issmi…

“How much?” – b’kadesh?

Excuse me! – Samahni!

How to Withdraw Money From ATMs in Tunisia 

The currency in Tunisia is the Tunisian dinar (TND). You can exchange currency at banks or exchange offices, and ATMs are widely available in major cities.  The current exchange rate is £1 = 3.83 Tunisian Dinar

holding a couple of 20 Tunisian Dinars notes

You can withdraw cash from any ATM using your debit or credit card. There are many ATMs available in Tunisia, especially in major cities like Tunis, Sousse, and Hammamet. However, be aware of any fees charged by your bank or the local ATM provider.

There is a fee of approximately 10-12 TND (equivalent to £2.61 – £4.30) for ATM withdrawals in Tunisia. Additionally, you may be charged a fee by your bank for using foreign ATMs. To minimise these fees, having a Monzo MasterCard was beneficial for me it offered the best exchange rate on purchases and no additional zero transaction fees for getting cash out of the ATM.

The withdrawal limit for ATMs in Tunisia varies depending on the bank but generally ranges from 300 to 800 TND. This means that multiple transactions may be necessary, which can result in high fees. It’s also important to note that only Tunisian Dinars can be withdrawn from ATMs in Tunisia.

When it comes to using credit and debit cards, it’s worth noting that not all larger shops, restaurants, and hotels in Tunisia accept them. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand when travelling in Tunisia. A lot of hotels provide Bureau de change to exchange foreign currency for Tunisian dinar. It’s worth shopping around for the best deal.

image of local Tunisian bank (BIAT) showing cash withdrawal of 200 tnd and access fee of 12 tnd.

How To Get a SIM Card in Tunisia 

Getting a SIM card in Tunisia is a relatively simple process, and mobile operators are usually happy to assist you in choosing the best plan for your needs and help you activate the SIM card. I was moving around to different regions in Tunisia and needed WiFi to stay connected so getting a SIM card was a priority! Tunisia has three main mobile operators, which are Tunisie Telecom, Ooredoo, and Orange Tunisia.

From my research, Ooreedo is the best network provider. You can purchase a SIM card at any of the mobile operator stores located throughout Tunisia. These stores are usually found in shopping malls and on the main streets. You will need to present your passport to purchase a SIM card in Tunisia.

An Ooreedo sim card costs 3 TND (£0.80) at the time of my visit.  Once you have purchased and registered your SIM card, you will need to add credit to your account to make calls and use data. You can top up your account by purchasing recharge cards or by using online payment services. I purchased a recharge card worth 10g of data for 17 TND (£4.50). The staff were really helpful and helped me with this process. 

Is Tunisia Safe To Travel?

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, terrorism! Tunisia used to be a very popular destination for British nationals. Sadly on 26 June 2015, 38 foreign tourists were killed, including 30 British nationals, in a terrorist attack at Port El Kantaoui near Sousse. This incident affected tourism in Tunisia for several years. “In 2014 we received one million visitors from France, and this year we had 300,000. For the UK it dropped from 425,000 down to 18,000,” – the Tunisian Tourism Board 

The Tunisian authorities have enhanced security in tourist resorts and their ability to respond to terrorist incidents. Tunisian security forces have also improved and are better prepared to tackle terrorist threats than they were at the time of the 2015 attacks.

Something I noticed in terms of how they improved the security in most hotels is that there are security checkpoints. I had a wristband from the first hotel so every time I used Bolt as a taxi, the security always checked that I was a guest at the hotel and used metal detectors to check the taxi and also the car boot.

Is Tunisia Safe For Solo Female Travellers? 

Overall, I found Tunisia to be a safe destination for solo female travellers, but like any other country, it’s important to take necessary precautions and be aware of potential risks. However, petty theft and pickpocketing can occur, especially in crowded areas such as markets and public transportation.

It’s advisable to keep your valuables secure and be aware of your surroundings when in these areas. In terms of cultural considerations, Tunisia is a Muslim-majority country, and visitors should respect local customs and dress modestly, especially when visiting mosques and religious sites. It’s also advisable to avoid public displays of affection.

Overall, solo travellers can have a safe and enjoyable trip to Tunisia by taking necessary precautions, respecting local customs, and staying informed on current events.

Walking tour in Tunis. Black girl posing infront of blue door in Tunis

Tunisia Emergency Numbers

When travelling in Tunisia, it may be useful to know these numbers:

SAMU (Ambulance and Rescue): 190

National Guard: 193

Police (General Emergency Call): 197

Maritime Guard: 194

Civil Guard: 198

Suspicious activity: 80 101 111

Safety Tips For Women Visiting Tunisia

Tunisia has been considered a relatively safe country to travel to in recent years. However, it is recommended to stay informed of the current situation and to take standard safety precautions.

I’m sure the question you want to know is, is it safe to travel solo as a woman? The short answer is yes. Personally, throughout my time, I felt safe in Tunisia. I always take the same safety precautions I would have at home or in any country I travel to! I didn’t receive harassment from men.

To avoid harassment or unwanted male attention and just some practical tips, these are some of the things I did:

  1. Wear a fake wedding ring. I wore this for one day and after that, I didn’t feel the need to wear it anymore. 
  2. Wear visible headphones (without the music playing of course) or just simply ignore them to avoid unwanted male attention. 
  3. Don’t follow strangers when in the market. 
  4. Make sure you read up on typical scams
  5. When taking a taxi, opt for metered taxis and ensure that the meter is activated right from the start of your journey. Alternatively, you can use a ride-hailing application such as Bolt, which allows you to track your ride and share your location with a trusted contact.
  6. Wear sunglasses at the souks so you look like you look lost lol. 
  7. Always haggle prices when shopping in the souks (markets). 

Sunset in Hammamet

How to get around Tunisia

Tunisia has a well-developed transportation system, including buses, trains, and taxis. It’s advisable to use metered taxis and Bolt also works in multiple cities which I used quite often (drivers only accept cash though).  For longer journeys, I recommend hiring a private driver. Contact Kais: +216 22 611 950 to help arrange your transport needs & also airport pick up. He was one of the loveliest drivers I met and was very professional. 

Bolt app, is a ride-hailing app (similar to Uber) that works in Tunisia. You’ll be able to use Bolt in major cities like Tunis and Sousse. When requesting a cab in the app, you must select cash as payment on the app as drivers only accept cash.

Where to stay in Tunisia?  

Depending on the type of experience you want for your holiday and how long you are staying in Tunisia, I recommend staying in at least 2 regions. Tunisia is popular for Europeans as a beach destination, so a lot of tourists stay in popular beach towns like Hammamet and Sousse.

If you’re planning a trip to Tunisia, there are plenty of great accommodation options available to suit all budgets and preferences. Some popular areas to stay include:

Hammamet, a coastal town, has been a popular destination for beachgoers for decades and has retained its timeless appeal. A bit further south lies Port El Kantaoui, which revolves around a trendy marina brimming with chic bars and boutiques, and boasts stunning beaches.

Sousse is abundant in historic treasures and also offers picture-perfect beaches, while its neighbouring town of Skanes, although purpose-built, is still charming and less crowded.

Djerba Island, located in the southern region of Tunisia features Caribbean-like sandy beaches, but with the added charm of camel rides along the ivory coastline.

Tunis is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore its ancient landmarks and have authentic shopping experiences in the heart of Medina. 

Tozeur is a great place to stay if you’re interested in exploring Tunisia’s desert landscapes.  You’ll find a range of accommodation options, from traditional guesthouses to luxury hotels.

Dar El Gaied

Best Hotels In Hammamet Tunisia

1. Medina Belisaire & Thalasso (4 Stars, all-inclusive)

The all-inclusive hotel is situated 200 meters away from a stunning sandy beach. It is family-friendly with engaging entertainment activities. Additionally, it is conveniently located just 5 kilometres from two golf courses. The hotel also features a Thalasso therapy centre offering a variety of treatments.

Medina Belisaire And Thalasso, all inclusive holidays tunisia

2. Phenicia Hotel (4 Star, all-inclusive

This resort has a generous 11-hectare garden, a sandy beach and eight sand tennis courts where guests enjoy one hour of complimentary tennis per day with the all-inclusive package hotel rooms come with balconies or terraces, providing breathtaking views of the gulf, Hammamet mountains, swimming pools, or gardens.

When it comes to food options, you’re spoilt for choice with several restaurants. Phenicia Hotel offers a range of activities for guests including windsurfing and sailing, available during the summer season.

Phenicia Hotel, all inclusive holidays tunisia

 

3. Dar El Gaied (Luxury Boutique)

This luxury boutique accommodation is a beautiful oasis and it’s located in Nabeul, 20 minutes drive from Hammamet.
I spent my birthday here and it was peaceful and lovely. In Tunisia, the term “Dar” refers to a traditional house or a palace that typically has a central courtyard, which is surrounded by rooms and may have a fountain or a garden.

These houses often have a distinctive architecture that reflects the country’s history and cultural heritage, including influences from Islamic, Roman, and Andalusian styles.

Dar El Gaied, Nabeul

Many Dar houses in Tunisia have been preserved and converted into museums, cultural centres, or hotels, offering visitors an opportunity to experience the country’s rich history and culture firsthand. Dar houses often feature intricate tilework, woodcarving, and other decorative elements that are unique to Tunisian architecture.

This Dar features an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site snack bar, a restaurant and shared lounges. My room was spacious, and clean and loved the abstract mosaic tiles on the featured walls. I also enjoyed the courtyard balcony view outside my room and the surroundings, so green.

I Met the lovely owner of the property who is a woman she let me stay a couple of hours past check-out time. It’s been featured on Vogue Arabia, which is pretty cool right? I would recommend it for solo & couple travellers who enjoy a more intimate and luxurious stay! Even if you don’t stay here, definitely book a reservation for dinner here around sunset for an authentic Tunisian experience.

Dar El Gaied, Nabeul

4. La Badira (5 Star, Adult Only and all-inclusive)

La Badira is a 5-star, adult-only hotel where luxury meets elegance. Boasting 130 suites ranging from 45m² to 160m², five restaurants blending tradition and innovation, and the exclusive Spa by CLARINS—the only one of its kind in the country—La Badira offers a luxurious experience.

Throughout the hotel, intimate spaces have been thoughtfully crafted, including a library, an indoor fireplace, the La Badira cocktail bar, and fragrant lawns adorned with jasmine and bitter orange. La Badira, a distinguished member of the Leading Hotels of the World, recounts the rich history of Hammamet, dating back to Paul Klee’s journey to Tunisia in 1914.

La Badira - Adult Only. 5 star, all inclusive in tunisia

Best Hotels in Sousse Tunisia

1. Jaz Tour Khalef, (5 Star, Adult Only and all-inclusive)

This 5-star hotel is at the entrance of the town of Sousse so it’s pretty close to the main town for exploration. Jaz Tour Khalef has a private beach, several bars, a traditional tea room, a restaurant on the side, a spa, indoor and outdoor pool! The hotel grounds are really big, with lots to do and onsite entertainment. On one of the nights, the entertainment team persuaded me to do karoke and I had a blast.

My room was spacious and clean! Also loved the balcony view from my room and waking up to a sunrise view was perfect. The restaurant on site has a variety of food options buffet style, from Tunisian cuisine to international food.

Overall I enjoyed my stay here, the staff were really friendly and they gifted me a birthday cake to celebrate my special occasion. I would recommend it for families, friends & solo travellers who enjoy an all-inclusive stay! 

Jaz Tour Khalef

2. Iberostar Selection Diar El Andalous (5 Star, all-inclusive)

The Iberostar Selection Diar El Andalous hotel was recently voted 2023 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best, making it a popular luxurious 5-star getaway. Situated on the scenic seafront of Port El Kantaoui, this hotel caters to families with special spaces and services for children, including a Star Camp, playground, customised pool, workshops, entertainment, and games, ensuring endless fun for the little ones.

In addition to family-friendly amenities, the hotel offers the exclusive Star Prestige service, featuring a VIP zone with a chill-out terrace and Balinese-style beds, along with perks like flexible check-out, Open Bar, and in-room whirlpool baths. Indulge your taste buds in a culinary journey at the Diar El Andalous hotel, boasting four restaurants offering local and international cuisine, as well as a buffet. With six bars available day and night, there’s always something to savour.

Pamper yourself at the SPA Sensations with a selection of rejuvenating body treatments. Enjoy entertainment for all ages, complimentary Wi-Fi, two outdoor pools, one heated pool, meeting rooms, and access to the stunning sandy beach just steps away. Elevate your holiday experience at the perfect retreat, Iberostar Selection Diar El Andalous.

Iberostar Selection Diar El Andalous, all inclusive sousse

3. Marhaba Royal Salem (4 Star)

Marhaba Royal Salem 4* is truly a haven, conveniently situated 3 km from downtown Sousse and 5 km from the Aqua Palace Port El Kantaoui water park, this hotel stands out as a great hotel for families. The modernly furnished rooms offer stunning views of the sea, garden, and swimming pool, two outdoor pools, one featuring slides, an indoor pool, a KIDS club, and a sophisticated SPA and Fitness area. 

Marhaba Royal Salem, 4 star hotel in Sousse

Best Hotels To Stay In Tunis

1. Dar El Jeld Hotel and Spa (5 star)

Dar El Jeld Hotel is a luxury hotel and spa in the heart of Tunis. This hotel features an elegant courtyard with traditional architecture, an in-house hammam spa, restaurants and a rooftop bar. Even if you don’t get to stay here, I would highly recommend making a reservation for a time just before sunset at the rooftop bar for a cocktail with a lovely view of the city and then enjoy authentic Tunisian meals with entertainment. 

2. The Residence Tunis (5 star)

Located in Gammarth (25 minutes to central Tunis) with stunning views of the Gulf of Tunis, this 5-star hotel boasts a golf course and two swimming pools. Depending on the season, it offers a total of six restaurants, including one situated on its private beach. Each room has a balcony with views of the sea or the lush garden.

Guests at the Residence enjoy complimentary access to a luxurious 3,500m² Thalasso-Spa and fitness centre. Conveniently located 15 km from Tunis-Carthage International Airport and 5 km from both Carthage and Sidi Bou Said, this hotel offers a luxurious retreat with easy access to nearby attractions.

The Residence Tunis

3. Chez ADAC (Apartment)

This Airbnb apartment style in Sidi Bou is located about a 20-minute drive from central Tunis. The property features a garden and inner courtyard views and is 1.5 km from Corniche Beach and Sidi Bou Said Beach. When you step into this modern and sleek apartment, you immediately feel like you are in Mykonos.

If you are looking for accommodation that’s away from the noise, private and close to the sea, then this is for you. This apartment felt like a home away from home when I stayed there.

The owner of the Chez ADAC was lovely as he surprised me with a handwritten birthday note, a bottle of wine and chocolates for my birthday. It was such a warm gesture that made my trip memorable.

4. Golf Royal Hotel (3 star)

The Golf Royal Hotel is located in central Tunis and is just a short stroll from Habib Bourguiba Avenue and the Medina. If you want to be in the heart of all the city’s action, this is a great hotel to base yourself.

Guests can unwind in the Green Bar, offering an extensive range of cocktails, or enjoy a continental breakfast buffet served daily at Le Bunker café. This hotel is also is also conveniently located  15 minutes from Tunis–Carthage International Airport. 

The Golf Royal Hotel

Things To Do In Tunisia

1. Visit The Historical Site, El Jem

Did you know that the third-largest amphitheatre in the world is located in Tunisia? El Jem is home to one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Africa. Take a stroll through the arcades and tunnels where gladiators once roamed and immerse yourself in the rich history of Tunisia.

You can walk 1km from the El Jem Amphitheatre (follow the signs) and see the El Jem museum which showcases an exceptional collection of Roman mosaics.

📣You can easily book a half-day trip and explore El Jem from Sousse. If you’re based in Tunis or Hammamet, you can book this amazing full-day trip to El Jem and Monastir which includes lunch. 

Cost of Tickets🎟: 12 TND (£3) which gives you access to El Jem Amphitheatre and the museum.

A camel in front of El Jem

2. Spend The Day In the Coastal City Of Sousse

This gorgeous coastal city is a must-visit! There are quite a few places to explore like Sousse’s Archaeological Museum, a must-see, known for ancient mosaics, the Great Mosque of Sousse, a historical mosque that has become an important landmark of the city and the Dar Essid Museum filled with artefacts depicting the life of the city during the 18th and 19th.

Take a stroll and relax in Jobi and Samara Beach. I would highly recommend visiting Sousse Medina and seeing Sousse’s main city centre which features great examples of Islamic architecture. You can also head up to the Ribat for city views, which was built in the 8th century. 

 

3. Catch the sunset at Kasbah Hammamet

Kasbah Hammamet is an ancient fortress, dating from the 9th century in the heart of the Medina. Along the harbour, you can watch the most stunning sunset. While you Yasmin Hammamet, Hammamet Beach and George Sebastian Villa, a whitewashed villa to the south of the city which now holds the International Cultural Centre of Hammamet. From Tunis, you can book this day trip to Hammamet and Nabeul.

Nabeul is a city close to Hammamet which is known for the manufacturing of pottery, plates decorated with paint, and faience, the fruit of a craft that is passed down from generation to generation. Nabeul has markets and artisan shops, making it a great place to shop for craft souvenirs. 

4. Stroll Around The Pitcuresqaure Town Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said is a hidden gem of Tunisia’s rich heritage. As you stroll through the winding cobbled streets and take in the distinctive blue-and-white architecture, you may be struck by a sense of déjà vu – the city bears a striking resemblance to the Greek island of Mykonos or Santorini.

If you are based in Tunis, book this tour to explore the picturesque Village Of Sidi Bou Said and the archaeological Site Of Carthage which includes pick up and drop off back to your hotel. 

Some Things to do in Sidi Bou Said:

  • Visit Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra – The home of Baron Rodolphe d’Erlanger, who was responsible for the blue and white colour scheme of the town.
  • Check out the art scene and visit art galleries like Galerie Saladin in Sidi Bou Said. 
  • See the Museum Dar el-Annabi which was built in a summer home, the museum has a lot of cultural artefacts and provides a great view of the city. 
  • Take in the views at one of the many cafes dotted around the town. I recommend Cafe des Delices and Cafe des Nattes.
  • Enjoy Bambalouni, a traditional Tunisian doughnut that is popular in Sidi Bou Said. 
  • Discover the city by simply walking around the town and strolling along the beach

5. Go On Walking Tour In Tunis

Doing a walking tour in every country I visit is a common theme for me. I did a walking tour in Tunis with a private tour guide and I enjoyed it.  French colonial architecture is particularly prominent in Tunis, the capital city and you can visually see the influence of the French throughout the city as well as other groups like the Romans, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and more.
 
During my tour, I wandered through the Medina and souks of Tunis. Tunisia is known for its beautiful handicrafts, including ceramics, textiles, and metalwork. Visitors can find a wide variety of souvenirs and gifts in the country’s traditional markets and souks. 
 
I had a warm encounter with a Chechia seller. The chechia is the national hat of Tunisia and a close cousin of the beret. He was so happy when he found out I’m Nigerian because Nigerians in the Northern region are some of his most popular customers.
 
We made our last stop at a perfume shop, Senteurs D’andalouise – Andalusian natural oil where I was greeted with Tunisan mint tea from the shop manager, tried different scents and learnt about the production of perfumes in Tunisia. 
 
Other places to visit while in Tunis are the Zitouna Mosque, the oldest and one of the most impressive mosques in the city. Visit Kasbah Square, a decorated square with older architecture and the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, one of the main streets, filled with shops, restaurants and a modern vibe.
 

6. Bardo Museum 

The Bardo Museum is one of the most important museums in Tunisia and is located in the capital city of Tunis. It houses an extensive collection of Roman mosaics, as well as other artefacts from Tunisia’s rich history. 

The Bardo National Museum is Reopening at Last

7. Visit The Most Northern Tip of Africa At Cap Angela 

Cap Angela is the northernmost rocky point in the north of the African continent, with picturesque mountains on the Mediterranean Sea. It also has the statue of its namesake head of Angels.
 
If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, I would recommend hiring a trusted driver who knows how to get to the exact point of Cap Angela as the Google map coordinates are quite confusing to Navigate. Tunis is under a 2-hour drive to Cap Angela but it’s worth leaving early in the morning to avoid traffic. 
Cap Angela
 

8. Day Trip To Bizert Town 

Bizert is a small seaside town about 30 minutes away from Cap Angela so I’ll recommend pairing this day trip together. While you are in Bizerte, try a street food called Lablabi. It’s a warm baguette with spices chickpeas and olives. 
 
📣 Want to explore Bizert town with ease? Book this day trip tour to Bizert Town. 
 

9. Bike Tour To The Archaeological Site, Carthage

Carthage is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was once a major city in the ancient world. Today, it’s a popular tourist attraction that offers a glimpse into Tunisia’s rich history. You can do a guided bike tour with a professional guide who will share all the interesting history of the city at the Romans while cycling along the sea through the picturesque city ruins. 
 
If you are not up for riding a bike, book this private walking tour of Carthage which will give you more time to explore the ruins. 

 

Popular Tunisian Dishes To Try

Tunisian cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean, Berber, and Arab influences. Visitors can expect to find a variety of delicious dishes such as couscous, brik (a deep-fried pastry), and traditional Tunisian sweets.

Tunisian cuisine is a melting pot of flavours and influences, drawing inspiration from Mediterranean, Arabic, Berber, and French culinary traditions. Tunisian food uses a lot of fresh herbs and spices, including cumin, coriander, caraway, and harissa, a spicy paste made from hot chilli peppers, garlic, and olive oil. Tunisian food culture is centred around communal dining, with large family meals and gatherings being an important part of the country’s social fabric.

Here are ten local Tunisian foods and treats to try:

Brik – A crispy pastry filled with tuna, egg, and harissa, often served with lemon wedges.

Couscous – A staple dish in Tunisia, couscous is a type of pasta made from semolina wheat, served with meat or vegetables and a spicy tomato-based sauce.

Mechouia – A salad made from roasted peppers, tomatoes, and onions, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.

Lablabi – A hearty chickpea soup, typically served for breakfast and topped with egg and harissa.

Ojja – A spicy tomato and egg stew, often made with merguez sausage and served with bread.

Mloukhia – A stew made from the leaves of the jute plant, often served with chicken or lamb and couscous.

Zlebia – A sweet fried dough, similar to funnel cake, often enjoyed during Ramadan.

Merguez – A spicy lamb or beef sausage, typically served grilled or in sandwiches.

Tunisian Makroudh – semolina cookie filled with dates

Bambalouni – Sugar-Coated Tunisian doughnut

Best Tunisia Restaurants 

➡️SOUSSE

🔹Escargot, French Mediterranean, top of the lists everywhere
🔹Restaurant Cafe Seles, a GREAT rooftop view serving authentic Tunisian cuisine
🔹Papadam Food, Khzema 
🔹Caruso Cafe Bar, Italian Mediterranean
 
➡️HAMMAMET
 
🔹Le Barberousse, right on the water! Gorgeous Mediterranean
🔹Sidi Bouhdid, cafe, beachfront
🔹Germaine, coffee and crepes look like sitting in a garden.
 
➡️TUNIS
 
🔹Dar El Jeld Restaurant – One of the best restaurants in Tunis. They have 2 restaurants including a rooftop bar with spectacular views of the city. 
🔹Le Zink, American fast food-ish
🔹Pasta Cosi, Italian
🔹El Ali– a salvaged burned-down building turned into a gastro. Has a literary cafe on the upper level, and a roof terrace with historical views.
 
➡️SIDI BOU SAID
 
🔹Cult Bistro, is a newish restaurant owned by the Top Chef finalist, Slim Douiri. Loved the contemporary feel and the way he elevates elements of popular dishes. Would recommend!
🔹Au Bon View Temps, a rooftop overlooking the water and the city.
🔹Club Nautique, seafood. A hidden gem!
 
➡️BIZERT AND CAP ANGELA
 
🔹Best Voice– French Bar, Cafe, Pub
 

Conclusion

Overall I had a great trip, and felt safe and relaxed for the most part! So many Tunisians showed me so much love, even at the airport! Also, I like the fact that most of the people I spoke to don’t shy away from being proud to be African which is interesting for a North African country with many Arab influences.

Tunisia has increased their security since the 2015 terrorist attack and the country felt quite safe! The country relies heavily on tourism for the economy so they welcome tourists. I feel Tunisia is a solo female-friendly city that you should visit. No one shouted and called me Chocolate, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey or any famous Black woman haha. No one grabbed my arm in markets or harassed me. I got a few stares but a lot of compliments and strangers coming up to me to tell me I’m beautiful in Arabic.

There is an obvious language barrier so I recommend learning a few words in French and Tunisian Arabic. Being in Tunisia made me realise my French needs a bit more work. If you’re looking for some winter sun or want somewhere warm, Tunisia is a great destination for travellers for every budget!

Solo Black female traveller approved ✅ Yaishek (Thank you) Tunisia, I will be back!

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