Tunisia: General information, weather, seasons, time

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General information about Tunisia

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Tunis (Tunisia) is a country in North Africa located on the Mediterranean coast. The official name of Tunisia the Republic of Tunisia. Refers to the Maghreb countries, including Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria and Libya.

On the North and East of Tunisia bordering the Mediterranean sea, bordered on the West by Algeria, on the South-East – with Libya. Among the North African States, this is the smallest state in area 163 610 sq km, which is about three and a half times more in Moscow region. The length of the country from North to South is 800 km, while its average width is only 150 km, the Length of sea coast is 1300 km.

The territory of Tunisia presented by the Atlas mountains in the North-West, the lowlands near the coast and the uplands to the South, the rest of the territory is covered by savannas and, mostly, deserted. In the South lies the Sahara, which occupies about 40% of the territory of Tunisia. But the remaining 60% of the territory is not all covered with greenery.

Tourism in Tunisia has been actively developed relatively recently, in 1987, after years of political "differences." With the stabilization of the political situation in the country began to receive foreign investment, and Tunisia began to attract Europeans. In early 2011, tourism in Tunisia took a serious hit because of what happened there "Jasmine revolution", but now the situation has stabilized and tourists gradually began to return to the country. Of course, it would be wrong to say that tourism in Tunisia, the quality competes with Egypt and Turkey, but many tourists enjoy visiting it. The majority of tourists to Tunisia from European countries. Many of them come here on the weekend, some even in their cars (on the ferry). Russians among the tourists not so much.

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Tunisia offers a Mediterranean beaches and a rich history. Despite the fact that the dominant religion in the country – Islam, the country is considered a secular state, almost European. On sale in tourist areas you can find alcohol in hotels with this no problem at all. Most hotels have their own territory, within which the beach, pools, restaurants and bars, all kinds of entertainment. Outside of the hotels and tourist areas entertainment is hard to find. Perhaps, in addition to sightseeing and shopping at local markets, there will just do nothing. However, the hotels and resort areas offer everything your heart desires, and even nightly entertainment.

Vacationers are such sports activities as water skiing, catamarans, Windsurfing, snorkeling; excursions; Golf. A very popular and affordable thalassotherapy, which not only help to rejuvenate the body, reduce weight, relieve nervous tension, improve the body's metabolic processes. The locals towards tourists is very friendly. At the entrance to the store, shop, hotel and other buildings are taken Hello. As a Muslim country, it is advisable to study its main national characteristics.

You can pick up tours to Tunisia online on the page "search for tours in Tunisia." With regard to independent travel in Tunisia, the situation is not simple. Unfortunately, the cost of scheduled flights to Tunisia are comparable, if not higher, with the cost of packaged tours which include flights and hotel accommodation. Transport in Tunisia is not very developed, and in most cases economical, tourists will have to travel by taxi. The population in non-tourist areas are not accustomed to seeing tourists, which is why in such places you will be riveted General attention. And to find a budget hotel of the type "to sleep and go on" here to find easy. However, if you are planning to visit Tunisia on their own, on the pages of our website you will find the necessary information for this.

The City Of Tunis

The capital city of Tunisia.

Major cities – Tunis, Sfax, Sousse, Bizerte, Ariana.

The main resorts of Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir, Mahdia, Tabarka, Djerba island.

The lowest point in Tunisia, SCHOTT El Garza (17 m below sea level), while the highest — g. Jebel Chambi (1544 m).

Tunisia also belong to the island of Djerba and the Carcano in the Gulf of gabès.

The state system

Tunisia is a presidential Republic with a unicameral Parliament. The head of state is the President, who is elected by popular vote of citizens for 5 years. He is also commander in chief of the army and appoints Government members and the Prime Minister.

Legislative power is exercised by the Chamber of deputies, the elected body, elected for 5 years. Executive power is exercised by the President with the assistance of the Government, headed by the Prime Minister. The judiciary is independent and provides a single system of national secular court.

The Tunisian Economy

Over the past few years, the economic performance of Tunisia has been steadily growing. There has been a growth industry garment, textile, iron and steel. Recently, active development of oil fields. Tunisia is a major producer and exporter of phosphates, figs and olive oil in the world.

The economy is based on agriculture (cultivation of crops, vegetables, fruit, tropical crops, livestock) and tourism.

Among the countries of the African continent, Tunisia stands out with a fairly high standard of living, about 60% of the population is "middle class".

The Population Of Tunisia

The country is home to more than 10.5 million people. The population of Tunisia is derived from an ancient North African tribe of Berbers and profess Sunni Islam. Islam is the state religion of Tunisia.

The majority of the population (97%) – Arabs, 1% – Berbers, 1.5% Circassians, there is a small portion of Jews, Christians, Catholics. In the cities of Tunis and Bizerte there are Orthodox churches, there is even a Jewish community.

The Language Of Tunisia

The official language of the Republic of Tunisia is Arabic, along with them used French. In the travel business sometimes also used in English and German. But to meet a local resident, something able to understand English - a great success.

Weather of Tunisia, the tourist seasons

The climate of Tunisia have significant influence located near the Mediterranean sea and the Sahara desert, so in the North and along the coast it is subtropical Mediterranean, and in the South and inland areas — tropical desert.

Weather in the country throughout the year relatively comfortable. Average summer temperatures range from 25C to 32C, and average winter – from 8S to 12S. On the coast the summer heat is easier because of the sea breeze. The swimming season lasts from may to September.

Precipitation falls mainly in the winter months, especially a lot of them - in the mountainous areas, the desert may not be for several years.

Best time to visit Tunisia beach holidays from late April to June and from September to October. At this time the average temperature is 25C and the water temperature is 22C. In the period from July to August is very hot, because air wind blowing from the Saharan winds bringing scorching, the air is heated to 40C and above.

For a sightseeing holiday in Tunisia will suit any time of the year. But keep in mind that in January and February the water temperature and air average 10C, the rains; in March-April the air warms up to 20 ° C in may-June and September-October – up to 28S; in the November-December cold to 15C, possible torrential rains. In the desert the nights can be freezing. Therefore, going to Tunisia for holiday tour, don't forget to bring warm clothes.

The time in Tunisia

The time in Tunisia is behind Moscow 2 hours in summer and winter. Daylight saving time in Tunisia is not possible.

The current time in Tunisia*
The time difference with the cities:
Moscow: -2 Samara: -3
Kazan: -2 Nizhny Novgorod: -2
Ekaterinburg: -4 Novosibirsk: -6
Irkutsk: -7 Vladivostok: -9
* - if time is incorrect, refresh the page Ctrl+F5:

Useful information about Tunisia

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While working museums. The museums of Tunis work all days except Monday, from 9.00 to 16.30.

Working time of shops. Tunisia shops are open weekdays in winter from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00, in summer from 08.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00. During the Muslim holiday of Ramadan is usually installed a special mode of operation: from 09.00 to 13.00 and from 19.00 to 21.00.

Electricity in Tunisia. Voltage 220V, frequency 50 Hz. Sockets are standard European.

Communication in Tunisia. In Tunisia, a sufficient number of payphones that says "Taxiphones" and meeting points "Taxiphon internationale", which have access to the international line. Call offices operate from 08.00 to 22.00. Payment of international calls made with coins in 1 Dinar, inner 1/2 of a Dinar and 100 millimes. Exchange of money can be produced from the employee negotiating item. Call from a public pay phone is much cheaper than with the hotel phone, about three times.

To call to Russia you need to dial (00), code of Russia (7), area code and subscriber number. For calls to Tunisia you need to dial (8) (10), code of Tunisia (216), area code and subscriber number.

As for the Internet, he is everywhere, but, as a rule, paid.

Useful numbers:

  • The Russian Embassy in Tunisia — (71) 88-24-58
  • Embassy of Tunisia in Moscow — (495) 691-28-58
  • Police: 197
  • Fire service — 198
  • Ambulance — 190 or around the clock 846, 767

Tipping in Tunisia. Tipping is usually 10% of the order value in the restaurant, if they are not automatically included in the bill. If you wish to thank for services rendered they make up from 0.5 to 1 Dinar – porter, maid, from 3 to 5 dinars – bus drivers, guides. Even can round the amount you pay in a taxi in a big way.

Visits to mosques. Tunisia is a Muslim state, but because when visiting mosques stands at the entrance to check the possibility to go inside the representatives of other religions. In most cases the entrance to the main rooms of the mosques of infidels is forbidden, however, at the entrance to the area, you may not promptly notify, and you will pay for a walk around the mosque.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin August 22, 2018

What kind of tales you write, "shed for animals". All published in this topic posts from "guests" are very similar to each other and some black PR against the tourism of the country. If all true, then register, describe your story in detail, add photos, and all this kind of nonsense, not similar to Tunisia. I though there was a long time ago, but anything similar did not face. But even if you have had some negative experiences,this does not mean that the whole country and all the people are bad. ...
Ника78 23 August, 2018
Was there five years ago, and this year, not impressed at all. Became much worse. The service is very spoiled. In dirty hotels, and beaches. Staff treated with contempt. It would be better to fly to Spain. ...
Natalia D. 26 August, 2018
And I went to Tunisia this year for the second time. Last year was on the island of Djerba, this year in Hammamet. Both times very much! If last year enjoyed the beauty of the island, the service and hospitality of the hotel, this time came to Hammamet, budget three. Yes, the hotel is different from the 4 and 5 key but we deliberately chose this hotel. What a wonderful tour, beautiful sea, clean beach. The attitude towards us, Russian is very friendly. All the Tunisians we smile and say how like Russian. I'm surprised reading previous reviews. Do not know can be due to the fact that we were friendly disposed, and therefore to us as the same...the Animators of the hotel was very upset when we left, helped us with our Luggage, took photos for memory, some left their contacts. No one touched, not abused, was not theft. The guests loved it!!! ...
Zlata August 30, 2018
All kind time of day!
Went this year in August.
Liked it very much. Yes, there are disadvantages. But tell me, where doesn't?! If you look for only the negatives, they can gather a whole bunch in any country.
What of the downsides? Garbage. Yes, he's everywhere. But it doesn't smell bad, as some write, it is scattered with plastic bottles, bags, paper. Here, however, and all the disadvantages.
As for the local population. So blame yourself. How You feel about them, and they to You. The backlash has not been canceled. So want to have You warmly and friendly greeted, be nice to them. Tunisians are hospitable, welcoming and friendly. There was not a single case of even evil and look in our direction. So, as the saying goes: "If face is crooked...." Read Krylov. Moreover, quite interesting to talk to. I will say a few greetings in their language, and they simply melt away, ready to help You with everything.
Everywhere you can meet the police, so security don't worry.
What to see in the country? There are a couple of good excursions:
1. Day trips to Carthage, Sidi Bou said, Tunis (the capital);
2. Two days into the Sahara, the Colosseum, Kairouan, an oasis of Chebika, salt marshes.
I recommend very beautiful pictures are obtained, and the information informative.
So, friends, do not look for the negative, that is enough in our hard life in Russia. Rest with pleasure and bring only positive emotions.
Good luck! ...
EdDDgAR August 30, 2018
Stay in principle bad can not be, and to learn something new is also very круто0 ...
Александр20082018 16 September, 2018
Vacationing in Tunisia in August, cockroaches in the room caught 2 times and 2 times on on the doors in the room about ants and aseret I vopsche silent. Lived in a Bungalow Aqua Park Spa 4ka . The Russians really don't like pesnite yourself that you are second grade. Will suit the Germans, the Europeans and automatically you are already standing behind them, and they serve out of turn. Went to Monastir and really quite messy, no wonder so many flies, who eat together from the same plate. In monastire us ran tunisis learn that we are Russian began to tell me how and where to go and where prices are cheaper, adding that Russian tourists 60% and if not they Tunisia would come kirdyk. This is the only Tunisian who was interested in Russian) . Yes, the tour is divided into foreigners and Russians together with the Baltic States. Impressions of the country are not unambiguous. But there is more than just not going. In Russian they understand when you want to. ...
Nadezhda Nikolaevna Sep 18, 2018
Hi all! Vacationing in Tunisia in Hammamet in September this year,the 4 star hotel Mirage.Think the rest will get what he wants.Settled immediately upon arrival without regard to the country,the staff is very friendly,all smiles,tried to talk,I ask how are you,like here or not.Was on 2 day trips in the Sahara.That's impressive.Drove almost throughout Tunisia,was a great guide,learned a lot.About the dirt guide also made explanations-the country is beginning to live again.By the way,yesterday went on the train to Paveletsky station.So on the way we saw so many abandoned debris that Tunisia never dreamed of.Take a look around,we, too, not all smooth and clean.And Tunisia the beautiful sea,the Sahara,with clean hotels and ordinary people,who also earn money in any way they can:sell,clean ,cook in hotels.By the way,the food was tasty and varied.A lot of fruit. ...
greekorn 19 September, 2018
Dear fellow citizens, always you will be treated the way you deserve))) Arrived in Tunisia alone, I went to the Gare de Tunis (railway station), and when I realized that at 8 PM in Sousse I can't go back (though I do not understand why), went on Stasen de luazh (on the bus) where just over 10 dinars very quickly left, got in 2 hours)) Roam on any streets, at any time and many people come to chat, say like Russia, constantly shouting "Russia" "Moscow" Saint-Petersburg" and the like))) Local cops in the amount of 4pcs, standing near his car in the square at night when nobody is around and there is no longer, waving, beckoning, well-chatted with them, laughed and I went to sleep with the road) And when you ambition and eternally disgruntled face something to ask or even appear anywhere and behave with people prinebrezhitelno and like a servant, it certainly would be awful for you, and everywhere))) And I want to say - sit at home or out in the countryside drove on vacation)) ...
Valena 17 October, 2018

Here I agree completely! Golden words! ...
Annarelli 8 August, 2019
Good afternoon.
Tunisia is an interesting country, and strange for our culture. As always there is a lot of positive , there are negative. But for the rest it is not mikroshemka of mold in the room to do, and try to relax, someone like seal on the beach, someone backpack behind and places of interest. There were kids last year in hotel Thapsus mahdija of the hotel is stated as a 3*, I liked everything and the sea and the hotel and catering and excursions planned, I do not like organized tours. This year we're going to the Sahara beach and I hope too it will be perfect. Did not notice the neglect of Russian, if you behave properly, then you will have the same attitude. ...