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Advice on holidays in Tunisia

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Advice on holidays in Tunisia

We have never been to Tunisia but thinking of going next March.

Can anyone give any advice/tips/weather in March things to do and not to do.

Any help would be appreciated as we are a bit dubious about going.

John & Sue in Torquay

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1. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

John & Sue

I hope you would find this helpful.

TUNISIA

Beautiful country rich history. Almost every great empires has left its mark. The influences and monument from the Carthagians, Phenicians, Byzantines, Romans, Ottamans, French and the Arabs are still visible to this date.

The vast majority of today’s Tunisians are Arab Muslims.

Tunisia is also blessed good climate and beautiful beaches which make popular holiday spot.

LOCAL CURRENCY

The first important thing you would need is to familiarise yourself with the local currency the Tunisian Dinar (TD). It is a closed currency which means it is only available inside the country. It also means that the exchange rate is determined by the Tunisian Treasury and not influenced by international monetary fluctuation.

What this means to you is that you take your sterling and change them inside Tunisia and nowhere else. Keep the receipt every time you change the sterling. So on the way back home you can change any leftover TDs back to sterling at the airport.

The current exchange rate is £1 = about 2 TD. This rate should be the same anywhere you change money.

TD notes come in 30 dinars, 20 dinars, 10 dinars & 5 dinars.

Coins are 5 dinar, 1 dinar, 1/2 dinars, and other small coins (I think they are Mills)

The second important thing is to look after your money. Everything is negotiable in Tunisia. Good hagglers get bargains, bad hagglers get ripped off.

THINGS TO DO (If bored laying by the poolside or on the beach)

.•Take some walks to old medinas

•Visit local markets

•Haggle and Haggle for any good or service

•Day trips to one of the ruins from pat empires

•Eating out at some nice & cheap local restaurants

•Camel riding

•Sahara trip

AND GENERALLY ENJOY YOURSELF

FIRST TIME VISITOR

As a first time visitor these are few things to be aware of

•The souvenir shops owners, who, once you enter their shops, they will use every trick to stop you leaving until you part with of your cash.

•Streets and beach hawkers

•Hotel staff who constantly looking out for tips.

•Taxi drivers ripping off passengers by not displaying the meter.

•Litter and stray cats all over the place.

•Dirt, pollution and chaotic traffic in some part

•Flies and other insects hovering over your dinner in warm weather.

•Safety of drinking tap water

•Prices of alcohol

•Preferential treatment for Tunisians and French holidaymakers above other nationalities

•The cost and misleading itinerary of some excursions/trips

•Female tourist should be wary of some seducing local casanovas

WEATHER IN MARCH

The weather in March is normally warm with temperature averaging 20 degree daytime. Evenings are a bit cooler. You may need to pack a cardigan or light jacket when out and about at nights.

Outdoor pools and the sea would be swimmable but the water would fee cold.

COST OF FOOD / DRINKS

Local beer and wine are cheap. Big name brands alcohol like Bells Whisky, Smirnoff, Gordon Gin, Heinekens or Carlsberg are seriously expensive. I would recommend you stock up at duty free shop at the airport and have few shots before going out.

Eating out is very cheap compare to eating out at home or anywhere in Europe

FINALLY

Prepare yourself for a culture shock. The way of life is very much different from ours. And also the Tunisians are much poorer, and they look at the Europeans as a rich picking.

Shopping can be a nightmare. When you go to shops just for browsing, some shopkeepers won’t let you leave until you buy something. They would do all the tricks and use all the charms to get you to part with your money. But if you stand firm, and say NO THANK YOU, they will eventually go. If you see something you like, then you must HAGGLE THE PRICE DOWN until at least they drop it by at least a half from the original quote.

When taking taxis insist the drivers display the meter. And always try to pay the fare in loose coins. Some drivers would pretend they don’t have change if you give them bank notes.

For preferential treatment, always have the odd loose dinars for tipping now & then. 3 TD can a mean a lot to a hotel worker. For that they would that extra mile to look after you well.

I would recommend avoiding tap water and drinking only bottled water purchased from shop. Very cheap, but most importantly is safe. When buying bottled water, always check the top is intact. Some shops and bars refill empty bottle from the tap and sell it bottled water.

Don’t buy anything or have any dealing with street and beach traders and hawkers.

Cheers

Cas

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2. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

hi Cas many thanks for your reply full of useful information.It cetrainly gives us some food for thought.

Thanks again

John & Sue

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3. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

Great information, thank you.

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4. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

This was an extremely helpful post, thanks for taking the time to do it. I am visiting in March 13

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5. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

That sort of information really ought to be in the 'Top Questions' at the top of the page. Members can then be referred to the Top Questions without either searching for previously posted information, or starting all over again.

On most other TA Destination forums the Top Questions contain all sorts of useful information, eg. Weather, Medical, Transport, Shopping, Dangers, Do's and Dont's, Scams, and all sorts of other stuff.

Unfortunately, the only people who can post or update information in the 'Top Questions' section are DEs. How about it chaps?

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6. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

LL, Thanks for your suggestion - this thread has been added to the "Top Questions"

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7. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

Thanks.

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8. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

Hi, just read your info on Tunsia and any tips are greatly appreciated , Like chipfanatic this is our first time to Tunisia and i really do appreciate your help. Will be very wary about going into shops just to browse unless i see something i really want to buy.

Thanks for taking the time to post this. I feel this info should be one of the first bits of advice any who intends to go to Tunisia should read maybe even before they book to go.

Again thanks Cas

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9. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

@Bagorats<<<I feel this info should be one of the first bits of advice any who intends to go to Tunisia should read maybe even before they book to go.>>>

That info verbatim is already there on the main Tunisia discussion forum page (top right hand side)! Take a look at #5 and #6 above.

There should also be lots of other very useful info in the Top Questions section. But the only people who can put it there is DEs, and for some reason there is a reluctance to do it!

Meanwhile, a whole shed-load of useful stuff in buried behind the scenes, and people need to use SEARCH to find it. And the trouble with that is very few people want to either use SEARCH or be encouraged to use it!

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10. Re: Advice on holidays in Tunisia

You welcome Bagorats,

It is always nice to share knoweldege and expereinces and be able to offer advise according to personal experience.

LL: Some DEs may be reluctant to put articles in the right section on of the forum like Top Question. Their contributions are theirs and as such it is for them to publish readily or upon request. I rather wait for some one to ask. As you you have noticed, very few people actually use SEARCH facility , They rather ask, then get the answer.

Cheers

Cas

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