Advantages Short flight, hot, cheap, lovely people
Disadvantages Poor country, Poor food
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We booked a week in Tunisia because the hotels are luxurious for a cheap price - I won't go on about the hotel - that's a separate review - we were not impressed.
I'll advise you on the general bits we found about tunisia
Tunisian Dinas (TD) can only be bought once you're in the country. We took English notes, hotels also deal in dollars, Euros, travellers cheques for a small extra charge. We got £100 changed at the airport while we were waiting for the luggage to be unloaded, and they don't charge commission. I think I'm right in saying they don't charge commission at the hotels either. We had a very good exchange rate of £1 = 2.45 TD, normally it's about £1=2TD.
Water was about £1 per 1.5 litre bottle at the bar, coke 80p. I wouldn't say it was very cheap, nor would I say it was very dear.
We had paid for half board, and didn't eat any Tunisian cusine when venturing into their towns, as we were ill pretty much all week and didn't want to risk our stomachs getting any worse. they servce 'brique' pastry filled with egg plus sometimes tuna, mash, herbs etc, crepes, couscous with stewed meat and veg.
alcohol was widely available at the hotel, although imported drinks can be very expensive - eg £8 for a small Baileys. Check first! Wines were fine, Beers OK.People
I got a few kissy noises made after me (even though I was with my fiance) by a group of young lads, but no bottom pinching which I've heard happens to European women. I really didn't feel threatened, and even when passing a shop and they try to drag you in they accepted 'NO thanks' better than they did in Eygpt.
You will get an amount of hassle if you show the slightest bit of interest in any product, or even if you show no interest, but it's their way of life, and they always listened to a firm No thank you.
If you aren't comfortable bartering the cities have fixed price shops where you can just pay for your items like you would here - although you'll pay a bit more.
Think I've covered most of the basics. We wouldn't go to Tunisia ever again, but it was an experience. If you go just read up on it first so you know what to expect, and take some medicines to be on the safe side - most people have an upset stomach whilst there.Enjoy!!
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