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We flew here to convalese

Advantageswarm weather

Disadvantagesbusy in high season

"...have never visited Africa or Tunisia before but decided the weather in Feb would be warmer than here. We were looking forward to visiting somewhere different. We booked At the Barceló hotel recently name change from Miramar we usually camp. Hammamet has several hotels offering BB half board or full board. Getting there ________ We flew from Stanstead to Monastir flight about 3 hours. Monastir is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Hammamet by ..." Read review
26.05.2009

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Community Level 4ajaybie

ajaybie

"Come and have a butchers!"

AdvantagesSo different to anywhere I have ever been

DisadvantagesDeath by yellow cabs!

"...of you who don't know, Tunisia is in the north of Africa, and according to the travel guide, is the most visiter-friendly of the north African countries. The southern-most third of the country is covered with the Sahara Desert. We stayed in the area of Hammamet, which is at the top of the country, near the capital, Tunis. We drove through Tunis on one of our excursions, it was very crowded with roads and lots of half-completed houses and factories, ..." Read review
29.03.2006

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A Week in Hammamet

Advantages Potential for year round good weather, pleasant resort

DisadvantagesDepends where you stay

"The reason I chose Tunisia for a holiday was that I was thinking about taking more adventurous holidays but wanted to test the water first and try somewhere a little bit different from my usual destinations - the Greek Islands, Canaries, Spain, etc. I wanted to see how I would fare in a country with customs quite different to those I was used to. Tunisia seemed to fit the bill - a Muslim country on a continent I had never visited before and one ..." Read review
15.01.2004

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Community Level 3millie45

millie45

Hotel Phenicia in Hammamet

AdvantagesGood value, nice hotel

Disadvantageslack of facilities

"...are no copyright laws in Tunisia so they are free to sell copied Lacoste t shirts for example at about £8! In the evening there is the daily entertainment. This consisted of various activities. And while bless them they do try, there is only so long you can watch someone walk over broken glass. They have their version of a disco. there are a few bars in the hotel but the seating tends to be taken over very early by the Germans. We went into one ..." Read review
18.12.2007

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Community Level 4sarah20

sarah20

Tunisian Holiday - Part One

AdvantagesThe Culture

DisadvantagesBeing hassled to buy and the weather

"...luxurious looking hotel……in Tunisia. Now Tunisia was not somewhere id ever thought about going. I didn’t really know much about the country, and to be honest had no real wish to go there, but the hotel looked fantastic, as did the beaches, and it was a good price. We booked for a week in mid-November and couldn’t wait. Arriving We had a trouble free journey, with the flight departing on time and even landing a little early. We had booked into ..." Read review
22.02.2005

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Community Level 2hogwash

hogwash

Tunisia - historical enthralling mysterious

Advantageseverything you could wish for in a holiday

Disadvantagesnothing - the bad things are just a state of mind

"...entralling mysterious DO NOT go to Tunisia if: You are typically English and expect everything to be done “just so”, this is not the place for you! However, if you have an open mind, a willingness to learn about a new culture and like adventures, enjoy sightseeing as well as sunbathing, then this country will definitely appeal to you. Having never visited the country before I did not know what to expect, and in our beginnings of a war ..." Read review
03.04.2003

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Community Level 2lareine

lareine

Hotel Phenicia, Hammamet -- the best in the area

Advantagesgood facilities, clean, great food

Disadvantagestwin beds, no hairdryer, not much English-language television

"...in Tunisia! Given that Tunisia is still a developing country, their standards would not be as high as some other countries, and this four-star hotel might only get a three-star rating elsewhere. But, I think you would be hard pressed to do better in Hammamet. We would certainly go back there again without hesitation. ..." Read review
27.05.2001

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Community Level 3rustifer

rustifer

Hammamet-Yasmine

AdvantagesFood is pretty cheap and excursions aren't too dear either

DisadvantagesThe only one I can think of is the hassle in the markets

"...Colin had never been to Tunisia and I hadn’t been there since I stopped working in Monastir in 1992 so we were both very excited about the trip. We booked an, allocated on arrival, 4* half board Hammamet supersaver break organised by Panorama and costing £260 per person. I have only one complaint about this trip and, as it turned out, it didn’t spoil what was a wonderful holiday. When you book these breaks you are led to believe ..." Read review
07.07.2003

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Community Level 1shadow_wea...

shadow_weaver

Lots to see yet a lot of hassle

AdvantagesTourism in the country has lots of potential

DisadvantagesEverybody is money hungry.

"I have read some pretty disparate reviews for peoples' experience in the country and it seems that people are divided into two separate camps: those not on a budget or who travelled and those who stayed put at a hotel most of the time. I recently went on a one week tour of the country which, as any visitor would attest to, means lots of early starts and many hours travelling in a sweltering coach. The journey (which took 8 days) took in Tunis, Dougga, ..." Read review
09.12.2006

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Community Level 7flashpointz

flashpointz

Tunisia...Land of Sun Sea Sand and Star Wars

Advantagesbeautiful beaches, history, culture, picturesque places

Disadvantagesoh that damn haggling - and the beggars

"...had always fancied going to Tunisia for a holiday - but for some reason we had never got around to it. We'd been all across the Mediterranean, the Canaries, USA and obviously Britain, but Tunisia...well, I just don't know why. So we finally took the plunge and encountered all the Sun, Sea and even Star Wars (?) we could manage. You'll get the latter reference later! ~~~~~~ HAMMAMET Three years ago we took a Winter break in one of the country's ..." Read review
02.02.2001

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Community Level 3Alison3

Alison3

Something a bit different

Advantages5 star hotels at 3 star prices

Disadvantagesthe locals hassling you

"...first time I went to Tunisia was in 1977, my first time ever abroad and I was 20. It was a big culture shock. I have been 4 or 5 times since then, and it remains one of my favourite places to travel to. It has changed lot since 1977. I stayed in a hotel called the Dar Khyam in Hammammet. A very basic hotel, which I believe still exists today. My friend and I were very adventurous then and I remember taking the train to some town somewhere, so ..." Read review
26.08.2002

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Community Level 3tallpaul1983

tallpaul1983

NOTES FROM NORTH AFRICA: PART 1

AdvantagesCheap, hot, lots to see, a change from usual places!

DisadvantagesSame old tourist shops, illness, storms!

"...Cheap does not really sum Tunisia up we took £600 for 2 weeks and came back after all those excursions, shopping and eating out everyday with £280 left over! They also told us that this time of the year was notorious for illness in this part of the world. Sure enough the next three days were marred by stomach cramps and we had to cancel one of the trips! Again the electrical storms continued knocking out power on one night and sending us to the lobby ..." Read review
01.10.2003

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Community Level 1julielou2

julielou2

Exotic value for money for everyone

AdvantagesCheap, close - 3 hour flight, high standard hotels, varied experiences possible.

DisadvantagesMale attitude to women (it is only understandable in a muslim country though), some of the smells

"I've been going to Tunisia since I was 7 and love the place for a different reason each time I go. Most recently (1998) I enjoyed the fact that I could afford to stay in 5 star comfort for the cost of a 3 star in Spain. More important than that point - Tunisia is about as far removed from the costas as it's possible to get. Thank God! Yes this is Africa so there are going to be different smells and sights but that is part of the joy of being ..." Read review
28.11.2000

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Community Level 2ANWENM

ANWENM

Gorgeous beaches and very clean

AdvantagesClean, beautiful beaches and hotels

Disadvantageslocal men pester

"...the 3 largest resorts in Tunisia and from my experience of staying there, the best too. It has the nicest beach I have ever seen, just like the Caribbean. The hotel we stayed in Marahaba Beach was out of this world, located right on the beach. The food was absolutely gorgeous with a choice of self-service or waiter service. Entertainment is mainly based in the hotels in Tunisia with most hotels being in a complex with about 3 other hotels. ..." Read review
28.01.2001

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Community Level 2madel09

madel09

Honeymoon in Hammamet

Advantagessun, sand, sea, hotel staff

Disadvantageshagglers

"...didn’t know until arrival in Tunisia where we would be staying, very daunting! The currency in Tunisia is the Dinar. You are unable to exchange your ££ in UK for Dinar’s due to legal restrictions and will be fined if you are found to have any of their currency on you outside of Tunisia. On arrival you are able to tip etc with ££. Most Hotels have a currency exchange desk as well so you don’t have to worry too much about converting. Arrival, On ..." Read review
11.02.2004

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