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TUNISIA is a great Mediterranean destination that is easy on the wallet, accessible from the UK and blessed with sunshine almost all year round.

Some places across the country have even been dubbed the budget-friendly 'St Tropez of Tunisia', with hundreds of all-inclusive deals available for less than £300pp.

Why Tunisia?

Beautiful sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters are found at popular resorts in Tunisia such as Monastir and Hammamet.

Being the northernmost country in Africa, Tunisia enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers that reach highs of 30 to 40C.

However, the country still sees highs of 20C even during the winter season, making it a year-round destination.

Hammamet is a popular beach destination in Tunisia thanks to its vibrant nightlife, making it ideal if you're after a getaway with your mates.

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On the other hand, Monastir is well known for its miles of sandy beaches and is perfect for a more laid-back vacation with lounging on the beach and sunbathing.

Elsewhere, Port El Kantaoui is also a favoured destination for tourists looking to visit the country.

When is the best time to visit Tunisia?

The best time to visit the country for a beach holiday is between March and October.

That being said, Tunisia is a great destination to visit during every season.

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In winter, you could discover the country's ancient history at Carthage and Medina, when the weather is cooler to walk around in.

You could also go on camel treks in the Sahara, or visit the theatre of El Djem and the Bardo Museum in Tunis.

During the summer, families can visit Carthage Land, the first theme park in North Africa.

What are the best Tunisia holiday deals?

Most holidays can be found on half-board and all-inclusive basis for less than £300pp.

Flights from the UK to Tunisia typically last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on where you're departing from, so all the deals also include direct flights.

The cheapest deal we've found is in November, with seven-night stays at Riviera Hotel Port El Kantaoui costing from £256pp on a half-board basis.

Here are the best deals we've found on half-board stays this winter:

  • 7 nights half-board at Iberostar Selection Diar el Andalous in Sousse, Monastir, Tunisia – from £287pp
  • 7 nights half-board at Marhaba Club in Sousse, Monastir, Tunisia – from £299pp

Alternatively, there are also some shorter stays up for grabs.

  • 4 nights all-inclusive at TUI SUNEO Royal Kenz in Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia – from £268pp
  • 4 nights half-board at TUI BLUE Oceana Suites in Hammamet, Tunisia – from £256pp

What else do I need to know about Tunisia?

The local currency is the Tunisian dinar (TND), with £10 equaling about 38 TND, while certain holiday resorts also accept dollars and euros.

Make sure to swap every dinar back before you leave because taking them outside of the country is forbidden.

Although Arabic is Tunisia's official language, the majority of the staff in the holiday resorts will also speak English.

Tourist numbers plummeted after a terrorist attack in Tunisia in 2015, but now the UK government no longer warns against travel to the holiday resorts.

However, it still advises against travelling to locations near the Chaambi Mountains National Park, Dhehiba, and the Libyan and Algerian border.

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