Channel your inner-Jedi, grab your favourite droid and pack your lightsaber – you’ll need it when you get to Matmata, the Tunisia town that served as the set for Star Wars. Hans Solo might not pilot the flights to Tunisia, but the journey to this African country will certainly be memorable.
Tunisia may be tiny, but it’s packed full of things to do. From hot springs to the Star Wars set and moonlit landscapes you have to see to believe, Tunisia is space-age country surviving in desert lands. Tunisia’s location on the Mediterranean, and within the boundaries of the Sahara desert, makes this country appealing to any traveller. Take a walk through Tunisia’s narrow streets and sample authentic African jewellery, antiques and spices. The museums in Tunisia are not to be missed – filled with Roman mosaics and ancient artefacts, Tunisia packs a lot of history into one country. Whether you’re flying to Tunisia for a holiday in one of the luxurious resorts on the coast or you plan to dry out in the Sahara, let the force be with you as you travel Tunisia.
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In northern Tunisia the climate is Mediterranean – hot summers (up to 35 degrees) and mild winters. In the south, the weather is hotter – up to 45 degrees and hotter. Winters are UK-summer warm – about 18-20 degrees. The Sahara sees temperatures of up to 50 degrees.
The high season is July and August. If you wish to visit the south, November is the best time as longer expeditions into the Sahara Desert will be possible. There are desert festivals at Douz and Tozeur around this time.
Low season is January and February.
May, June and September are pleasant times to book a flight to Tunisia. This is when temperatures are comfortable and the crowds have receded.
Tunisair flies domestically from Tunis to to Djerba, Tozeur and Sfax.
There is a decent rail service; good value for money. Tunis city centre has trams and there is an electric train network that fans out to the suburbs of La Marsa, La Goulette, Carthage and Sidi Bou Said.
Louage taxis are shared vehicles which travel to a fixed destination. They leave when they are full so it’s best to arrive early. Taxis are reasonable and are easy to find in the most popular beach resorts. Bus services run almost nationwide.
Car rental is another option. All the major car-rental companies – Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar – are to be found in Tunisia. Drive on the right.
(prices quotes are from London)