10 Things To Know Before You Go To Tunisia

Tunisia may have been the scene of some scary incidents recently, but on the whole it’s a safe, peaceful place that tourists love to visit. Its temperate climate, glorious beaches, vibrant markets, towering mosques, ancient ruins and desert scenery draw millions every year. Before heading to Tunisia for the first time, it pays to know some of the basic tips and tricks to ease your visit. Here are 10 things to know before you go to Tunisia.


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You should go where the locals go

It used to be the case where all the tourists simply went to their resorts and rarely left the area. Part of that was to do with the former government in place keeping the local life away from the tourists, and vice versa. Today, venturing into old areas of Sousse, Kairouan or Hammamet is a non-issue and worth doing to explore the local culture.

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Expect lots of beachgoers

Tunisia is known for its shimmering beaches and people across North Africa and Europe regularly head to places like Djerba to soak up the sun. If you were looking for somewhere to get away from it all on the beach, you’ll find hundreds of other people with the same idea.


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Get your haggle on

Like other countries in North Africa, haggling is expected and a way of life in Tunisia. Make sure your haggling game is strong, offer a low price, and be prepared to be firm and walk away if necessary.

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Know where you’re going

While exploring the souks of Tunisia, you’ll probably be approached by people who try to act like they’re your friend and show you around. Of course, they are often looking for a tip or to show you to their shop. Just smile, walk past them, and look like you know where you’re going.

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It will probably be hot

If you go during the summer like most tourists, you can expect weather in most cities to be hot. And in case you didn’t get the memo, most of Tunisia borders (or is part of) the Sahara. Cities like Hammamet can get up to 115F (46C) on occasion and temps approaching 100F(38F) can be expected from May through September. Make sure to carry a bottle of water with you at all times.

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Observe the dress code

Realize that Tunisia is a Muslim country and you are a guest. Be prepared to dress more conservatively, especially if you’re a woman. Most of the big cities are more open-minded, and you can get away with short sleeve shirts and tame shorts, but there’s no reason to go over the top with micro-shorts and tube tops. Just be respectful and you should be fine.

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Use taxis

Taxis are usually super cheap in Tunisia and can be had for 50-80 dinars per hour. So if you want to explore the countryside, consider hiring a taxi instead of hiring a personal car. Just remember to always check the prices before you get in.

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Use the trains, too

The countryside of Tunisia is breathtaking in parts and you can cruise by and marvel at the desert terrain, vineyards and olive trees. If you’re traveling between the main cities, avoid the tour bus and get a cheaper ride on a train.



Watch out for pickpockets

Pickpockets generally stick to crowded areas in the souks, but outside of that area, crime is pretty uncommon. This doesn’t mean you should avoid the souks though, just be more aware of your surroundings there.



Avoid changing money in hotels

While it’s pretty convenient to change your money in Tunisian resorts, they can definitely stick it to you in fees. Many hotels are known to charge up to 15% more than a bank. Instead, use the bureau de change at the airport or city centers — a good bank to go with is the Central Bank of Tunisia.

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