Sun, beaches and culture in Tunisia04.03.2015
Tunisia is the ideal holiday destination for families, sun-seekers and culture fans. The spring, summer and autumn are ideal times to travel to the region thanks to the warm temperatures there – that is to say, the seasons when the weather may not be as pleasant yet in Germany or when summer is already beginning to wane. Beachgoers will find everything their hearts may desire at Djerba and Hammamet, with both destinations offering miles of fine sandy beaches that are ideal for lazing in the sun or enjoying water sports.
Djerba’s history stretches back to antiquity
Crystal clear water and spectacular sunsets are just two of the beautiful features of Djerba, the Mediterranean’s most southerly island, located off the coast of south-east Tunisia. Visitors who not only like basking in the sun but are also interested in history will find it an enthralling place too. Djerba has seen many rulers over the past two-and-a-half millennia: from the Romans to the Spanish to the Turks in the days of the Ottoman Empire. And all of them have left traces that tourists and locals alike find fascinating. There is, for instance, the ancient town of Meninx that is still being excavated. And another legacy of the former rulers worth visiting is Borj El K’bir, a 13th Century fort located in Djerba’s main town Houmt Souk. So there is plenty to see for hobby archaeologists too.
Houmt Souk – the market town on Djerba
Houmt Souk is also the ideal place to gain an insight into life as it is on the island today. The city, located in the north of the island, has a population of approximately 70,000. Holidaymakers who like to haggle in the oriental tradition will relish the bazaar, where all manner of goods are offered for sale. The narrow streets of Houmt Souk, with their small shops selling exotic spices, silk, and of course souvenirs, exude oriental charm and are always worth a visit.
Seaside holiday in Enfidha-Hammamet
Enfidha-Hammamet Airport is the destination for anyone wanting to enjoy the kilometres of white sandy beaches in the region around Hammamet, the sun, and turquoise sea. The former fishing village is as lush as an oasis, offering an atmosphere in which one can spend a most relaxing holiday. The focus here is clearly on having fun at the beach and enjoying the numerous water sports facilities. What is more, the favourable prices make Hammamet an ideal destination for families. Though anyone who appreciates nightlife will have a wonderful time here too. When booking accommodation, holidaymakers should therefore pay attention to what the hotel’s main focus is.
Getting there by air
Djerba–Zarzis Airport (DJE) is 9 kilometres west of the main town Houmt Souk, in the island’s north. All the towns of Djerba can be reached quickly from here. There are several direct flights from Berlin Schönefeld. From 5 May, Germania will be flying to the Tunisian island every Tuesday. Between 3 April and 30 October, Tunis Air will fly to Djerba every Friday, while Nouvelair will fly to the island on Wednesdays between 1 July and 21 October. The flight time is 2 hours 45 minutes.
Enfidha-Hammamet Airport (NBE) is 5 kilometres north of the town of Enfidha and 40 kilometres south of Hammamet. The beaches are therefore a mere 30 minutes from the airport. From 2 May, Germania will be flying from Berlin Schönefeld to Enfidha-Hammamet every Saturday, and Nouvelair will begin serving the route on Tuesdays and Fridays when the summer flight schedule is introduced. The outward flight takes 3 hours, and the return flight takes around two-and-a-half hours.