It is said that Port El Kantaoui is like the Saint-Tropez of Tunisia. The atmosphere when you travel to Port El Kantaoui is nicely chic, without glitter or excessive crowds, next to a marina, which hosts both yachts and cruise ships during the day. You should choose Port El Kantaoui for its charm, for its atmosphere in season and for its beaches which are among the finest on the Tunisian Riviera.
You can access the centre of town through a gate that is reminiscent of the entrance to medieval cities. The central street leads down to the marina. It is lined with nice houses with white walls decorated with wooden balconies. On the seafront, stands offer caramelised peanuts, hot donuts and fresh fruit juice. Lots of attractive smells which immediately stir your appetite!
You can drive along the marina, which welcomes several beautiful renovated sailing ships. They offer trips out to sea for a day or half a day. A good idea to leave the traditional holiday programme, centred around the sun bathing and water sports.
You can also spend the afternoon shopping in the pedestrian streets with craft shops, clothing shops, accessories and cosmetics. To off-load your purchases for a moment, there is nothing better than a break in one of the terrace cafés installed on a patio. You can relax in the shade of an orange tree, listening to the sound of water pouring from a fountain. If you want to quench your thirst like the Tunisians do, order a mint tea or some pine nuts. Excellent with some fig pastriess!
Golf on the El Kantaoui course with its 36 holes. Stretching over 321 acres between the beach and the hills, with many bodies of water and varied terrains; it was designed by Ronald Fream. The green fees are 45 dinars for a game for 9 holes and 80 dinars for 18 holes. Do water sports in summer and the thelassotherapy treatments during the winter (cheaper than in Hammamet).
In Port El Kantaoui, everything is focused around the marina. There is no old town, no historical monument either. Kairouan is not far (within approximately a 1-hour drive), where you will discover a traditional Tunisian town, with its medina and its souk organised by neighbourhoods.
Port El Kantaoui is a resort that lives to the rhythm of the seasons: it is very busy here between June and September. In May and October, the atmosphere is lively without being too vibrant. From November to March, restaurants, cafés and shops remain open, but it is very quiet.
Choose Port El Kantaoui for a change of scenery. You could think you were in southern Spain, Sicily or Cyprus. If you are looking for a typical setting, you should go to Djerba instead.
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).
If you go to Kairouan, youmay leave with a carpet, because the city specialises in this craft. Easier to transport are the 'makrouts', diamond shaped pasta filled with dates.They can be found in the many bakers at the Kairouan medina, which are among the best in the country. The other purchases possible are more 'classic' such as spices, turkish slippers, pottery, woven bags and baskets.
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