Thinking about taking a trip to one of the gorgeous Tunisia beaches lining the Mediterranean? Here are the ten best beaches in Tunisia, so you can decide which beach is right for you, plus Tunisia travel tips to help you plan your travels.
The 10 Best Beaches in Tunisia
In no particular order…
Hammamet is a coastal town in northern Tunisia, about 41 miles south of the capital city Tunis. Its location makes it a popular destination for people who love to swim, surf, and play water sports.
When in Hammamet, stroll through Medina, an old and historic neighborhood by the water that’s surrounded by a wall built in the 15th century. You can also visit ruins from the Roman Empire era in Hammamet, like in Pupput and Kerkouane.
But if you really love the water, head to Korbous or any of the beautiful resorts along its coastline. The golden sand in Hammamet is yours to enjoy.
Located in the central coast of Tunisia, Monastir is about 100 miles from the country’s capital city of Tunis. It used to be a fishing port but is now a resort town popular among tourists.
When visiting Monastir, make sure to stop by Ribat, one of the oldest Arab fortresses in Africa that’s been featured in movies such as Jesus of Nazareth (1977). This old building was built in 796 AD, so it carries much of Monastir and Tunisia’s history.
But, for a relaxing day at the beach, you should stay at one of the many resort hotels in the city.
The northernmost point on continental Africa, you can come here to appreciate the beauty of this geographic oddity. There’s a beautiful statue of Africa to commemorate the landmark, as well as a black-and-white lighthouse.
While most come here to see the Africa monument and the beautiful views, there is a lovely little beach where you can enjoy a picnic or even make a day of it.
Most who visit here do so as a day trip from Tunis or the closer Bizerte.
Djerba is a beautiful island off the coast of Tunisia. It is surrounded by the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and so, you’ll find plenty of hotel resorts to stay at when you visit here.
Djerba used to be a fishing port and a 16th-century fortress; the city is just brimming with an interesting history. During your vacation, make sure to spend a day at Houmt Souk, a network of alleys lined by old whitewashed houses and stores selling hand-painted pottery, jewelry, and carpets.
If you just want to have a nice, relaxing day by the sea, head to the white sand Djerba beach.
El Haouaria is a coastal town in the northern peak of the Nabeul Governorate in Tunisia. It’s not as popular as other beach destinations in the country, which means there are plenty of unspoiled beaches here.
You can find wide expanses of land with hidden caves waiting to be explored. There are alcoves by the water, under the mountains of Cap Bon, where you can spend the day swimming or lounging in a boat.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also go cliff-diving and snorkeling at El Haouaria. Tourists also love to take pictures of the wind turbines in the city.
Plage de Chaffar
Plage de Chaffar is a long stretch of beach in Sfax, Tunisia, which is about 190 miles south of the capital city of Tunis. Sfax is an industrial, agricultural, and fishing city, but it still carries in it some of Tunisia’s history.
When in the city, visit the Folk Museum in the Der Jellouli area, an 18th-century mansion showcasing traditional Tunisian architecture, the Sfax Archaeological Museum that’s home to Punic, Roman, and Byzantine antiquities, and the Sfax Kasbah Museum, a 16th-century fortified residence-turned-museum.
Of course, don’t forget to stop by Plage de Chaffar for a peaceful day by the sea.
La Marsa is a coastal town in northeastern Tunisia, which is about 11 miles north of Tunis, the capital city. It was called the “summer capital” of pre-colonial Tunisia because of its beautiful beaches and spectacular views of the sea.
Today, wealthy tourists love to visit La Marsa for relaxing and luxurious vacations. There are top-class resorts in the city that suit a rich lifestyle (read: pricier but worth the money).
When in La Marsa, you should also visit the Baths of Antoninus, a series of public Roman baths from the 2nd century; Byrsa, the remains of an ancient Carthaginian city; and the Carthage National Museum where you will find ancient relics and art.
Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said is a gorgeous white-washed town on the Gulf of Tunis. If you want a Tunisian beach vacation that highlights Tunisia’s Mediterranean ties, come here, as you’ll find a beautiful mix of North African and Greek island styles.
When you’re done soaking in the sun at the beach, this is one of the best Tunisian towns to relax in. Walking around at night, you can see the beautiful architecture from the ground, or go into one of the museums with roof access or one of the rooftop bars to take in the view from above.
Located about 14 miles north of Tunisia’s capital city Tunis, Gammarth is a coastal town that has spectacular views of and great access to the Mediterranean Sea. It is a high-end resort town with expensive hotels, restaurants, and shops dotting the city.
If you want an extravagant beach vacation, Gammarth is your next destination. If you’re vacationing here, make sure that you also get a taste of the culture and history of Tunis while you’re in town. Visit the Bardo Museum, the Carthaginian Ruins, and the Carthage National Museum. Take a stroll around the city to witness the local lifestyle and to find stores that sell souvenirs.
La Goulette is the port of Tunisia’s capital Tunis. It was a 16th-century fortress built by Charles I of Spain, but Ottoman Turks took captive of the city less than half a decade later.
Today, La Goulette remains a historical point of interest in Tunisia. It is close to some of the country’s most popular historical landmarks including Byrsa, the remains of an ancient Carthaginian city; the Carthage National Museum, home to ancient relics and art; and the Baths of Antoninus, a sprawling of Roman baths from the 2nd century.
But La Goulette is mostly known for its beaches and proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists love to go here to swim, surf, and enjoy a day under the sun.
5 Things to Bring with You to Tunisia
I am working on a separate packing list for Tunisia, but in the meantime don’t forget these five items:
- Lonely Planet Tunisia which is available as a paper copy or in a Kindle edition.
- Mosquito Repellant is the single most important thing you’ll want on you as soon as dusk hits. Have enough to at least get through the first night.
- Full Sized Travel Towel This is the best travel towel in the world. It’s pretty enough for the beach, large enough that you forget it’s a microfibre towel, and quick-drying so you only need to have one beach towel for the trip.
- Sunscreen so that you don’t have to worry about finding it for one of the first few days of your trip. I found it to be more expensive in Tunisia than at home.
- A GoPro for underwater and action photography. Why go all the way to Tunisia and not be able to capture some of the most exciting parts of your beach trip?
Tunisia Travel Resources
I’m working on several Tunisia travel resources, but right now you can start with my photographs of my favorite Tunisian historic sites and my Tunisia Instagram guide.
Don’t Forget about Travel Insurance!
It’s a good idea to always have a valid travel insurance policy before you travel someplace like Tunisia where you’ll be doing activities and spending time outside. It’s just a fact that accidents can happen on the road, and you don’t want them to ruin your trip!
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Did I miss any of your favorite beaches in Tunisia? If so, leave them in the comments!
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