Tunisians love to spice up their food, and harissa, made from spices with chilli, is usually served on the table, along with tinned tuna and olives. One dish always on the menu
is couscous, which is a grain, but which is served with either meat or fish and vegetables, and is a meal in itself. If you are not the adventurous type as far as food is concerned, the hotel restaurants all seem to have international menus as well as
Star ratings don’t seem to mean very much, and if you want to stay at a large hotel with all the built-in amenities that such a place provides, it is worth seeing how recently it has been built. Unless it is a comparatively new build, and there
appears to be a lot of them around, or really old with character, my impression is that they are not very well maintained. Fortunately, hotels all now have websites, so it is worth checking out where you are considering staying before
you confirm a booking.
Worth considering, too, when you get there is that Tunisian currency can only be bought inside the country. While credit cards can be used in certain places, if you want
to buy anything in a souk, it is extremely unlikely that they will take one. What is important to know before you change your money is that, when leaving, you are only allowed to change back one-third of your total amount of Tunisian
currency. Therefore, it is important to keep your exchange receipts. Fortunately, the exchange rate is fixed, and is the same everywhere, even at your hotel, so it is advisable to change your money as and when you need it.
The Tunisian National Tourist Office T. 020 7224 5561
Email: email@example.com www.cometotunisia.co.uk
Tunisair T. 020 7734 7644
Dar Saïd, Sidi-Bou-Saïd, Tunisia T. 00216 71740591
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.darsaid.com.tn
Heathrow Express T. 0845 6001515 www.heathrowexpress.com
Photographs © The Tunisian National Tourist Office
A statue in the ruins of Carthage
Tunisia First is offering MQ readers a 10% discount on bookings from their brochure, plus reduced green fees, at the Hotel Sindbad in Hammamet during the winter months from 1 November to 30 April, 2006.
The 5-star seafront hotel, overlooking the Bay of Hammamet and close to the town centre, was built some 30 years ago, retaining much of its grandness. Peace and quiet are the order of the day.
Glorious gardens lead down to a sandy beach. Free transport to the
36-hole Citrus Golf Course nearby
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