Any country with more than 800-miles of Mediterranean coastline is going to be popular with British snowbirds, especially when it’s just a 21/2 hour flight away from London. Yet this culturally-rich country has plenty to tempt you away from the golden sand beaches - and we’re not just talking about its world-class spas and championship golf courses.
If you like to sightsee you’ll love the Medina of Tunis with its lively souks, beautiful mosques and alleyways full of scents and colours. Another nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site is Carthage, a city founded in the 9th century BC and home to some of the greatest archaeological sites ever discovered. For a change of pacehead off to pretty Sidi Bou Said, a yachtsmans’ playground that was once favoured by artists and writers like Paul Kleeand Simone de Beauvoir, but is now a centre of Arab and Mediterranean music.
Wherever you spend your time you’ll be able to sip mint tea and feast on dishes like couscous, tajine and freshly-caught seafood.
Cupolas, chandeliers and the calming scent of orange blossom welcome you to The Residence Tunis, an ivorycoloured m‘kasbah’ that leads down towards a private beach overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Its membership of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ underlines its status as the best pied-à-terre in Tunisia, and whilst its wide-ranging mfacilities make it suitable for anything from a quick golf or spa fix to a leisurely family break, its romantic vibe means itm also attracts couples like moths to a flame.
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