ABOUT Whether you prefer a long walk along miles of sparkling beaches, wind surfing the cool Mediterranean breezes, exploring ancient sites and legendary cities a game of golf or just a long lazy day relaxing on the warm golden sands, Tunisia has it all. Tunisia’s landscape is liberally peppered with historical monuments. These pertain to diverse civilizations spanning 3,000 years, from entire ancient settlements to shrines, amphitheatres, bathing houses, churches and cenotaphs. Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Spaniards, Turks, and the French have each left an imprint on the nation’s storied terrain with well-preserved sites and intriguing age-old ruins at every turn. Growing numbers of Tunisia’s multitude of archaeological sites are now open to visitors. Seven sites have UNESCO World Heritage Site status with 46 new additions slated for UNESCO inscription – amongst them the hill-sunk Roman ruins in Oudhna which are smaller than those at El Djem, the site of the largest Roman amphitheatre in North Africa, but are nothing short of jaw-dropping nonetheless.
CLIMATE Tunisia weather average temperature is 32 °C in July & August. The coolset temperature is 7 °C in January. From the end of May to the beginning of October the country it is dry and hot. In October clouds start to build and there is some rainfall through the cooler winter months. Temperatures can fall below freezing at night anywhere in the north of the country between December and March. In the southern half of the country it is dry all year round with just a slightly greater chance of the odd shower between October and April.
BEWARE Tunisia has experienced unprecedented political and social change since the events of the “Jasmine Revolution” in January 2011. The first democratic elections were held on 23 October 2011 and a new coalition government led by the Ennahda Party was sworn in on 24 December 2011. However, political protests and strikes (often unannounced), roadblocks and other public disturbances still occur. Some demonstrations have affected key public services, such as police and customs, which can cause serious disruption. The majority of protests are peaceful but there are still occasional incidents of violence and damage to property. The borders with Libya and Algeria are open but security around the border, with Libya, remains tense and border crossing points are occasionally temporarily closed or restricted without notice. There have been reports of clashes between rival groups of black market traders in towns near to the border crossing into Libya at Ras Jedir and Dhehiba. Some of these clashes involve weapons including the use of live rounds. There is a risk of kidnap in Tunisia from terrorists operating in the area of the southern Tunisia/Algeria border, and we advise caution when travelling in such areas. Incidents of mugging, pick pocketing, bag-snatching and petty theft are on the increase and you are advised to ensure that bags are kept close to your person at all times. Where possible, avoid carrying all your important documents, money and other valuables in the same bag.