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Travel to Hammamet - Tunisia's beautiful garden resort

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

This is one of the flagship resorts of the Tunisian Riviera. Along the Gulf of Hammamet, hotels are packed tightly next to each other; you don't come here for privacy. Without exception, the hotels offer entertainment over tranquility. In the summer, you can have non-stop fun in clubs, at the swimming pool as well as at the beach, the amphitheater and nightclub.

However if you travel to Hammamet during off-season you can enjoy the charm of the medina, a lower price of your stay, and the many opportunities for recreation or relaxation (riding, golf, spa). The hotel zones extend along the coast, in the north and south of the medina. The southern area, which corresponds to the district of Hammamet Yasmine, is the newest. Here, an airport is under construction. It will allow visitors to significantly reduce the transfer time to the hotels. Indeed, at the moment flights land in Tunis or Monastir, and Hammamet is a 45-minute journey away from Tunis, and within an hour and a quarter from Monastir.

A seaside resort, the new Yasmine district, about 6 miles south of Hammamet, has many assets to attract tourists. This area was designed to breathe fresh life into Tunisian tourism, offering a radius of several miles of high-end hotels, a marina welcoming sailboats, replicas of ancient merchant ships, which are used for excursions at sea for a half-day or a full day, cafes and restaurants along the beach, supermarkets, a skating rink (surprising but appreciated) and the famous 'Medina' complex.

To see

The old medina, the fort, the Great Mosque and the International Cultural Centre.

To do

A family outing to the Karthago Land amusement park situated on the side of the Medina Yasmine Hammamet. To discover and enjoy the history of ancient Tunisia. Reconstruction of Carthaginian boats on often lively stretches of water, resin casting, Hannibal elephants and simulated cannon firing on the side of Barbarossa brother pirates. Entrance to the park costs 15 dinars.

pros

  • +  The presence of cultural sites.
  • +  The festive ambiance.
  • +  Very varied hotel services.

cons

  • -  The beaches are of average quality.
  • -  An excessive concentration of tourists during the high season.

To think about

There is no airport in Hammamet. Planes currently land at Tunis or Monastir, around a 45-minute or an hour and a quarter's drive from Hammamet respectively.

To avoid

The ancient ruins of Pupput, on the seafront, at the height of Jinčne Hammamet (between Medina and Yasmine Hammamet) where there is almost nothing left. They are nowhere near as good as the sites of Dougga and El Jem, which can give a very clear idea of Roman Tunisia in the second century.

To try

Couscous (with chicken or lamb). You can find buffets in the major hotels more and more (offered as a speciality or during Tunisian evenings). Try also other recipes of the country such as the fingers of Fatma (pastry stuffed with white chicken, potatoes and capers), tajine (omelette with meat and potatoes) and the brick (triangle of dough filled with tuna and a half-cooked egg).

To bring back

In the old souk of Hammamet, you will find many trinkets to haggle for, including Arab-Berber-style leather masks, t-shirts, towels and baseball caps printed with camels, terracotta and ceramic ashtrays, and mini engraved iron platters.

Weather Hammamet

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Hammamet . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Hammamet so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Hammamet , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather September
Overall rating 84/100
  • Temperature indicators 98% Optimal

    Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 74% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 70% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 78% Warm

    High air temperature (>24°C), pleasant sea temperature (between 22°C and 24°C), moderate to weak winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph).

  • Wind indicators 76% Light warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 70% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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