Travel Tips forTunisia
With its gorgeous white sandy beaches, fascinating culture and natural beauty, Tunisia is the perfect destination for a family holiday, romantic break or fun getaway with friends. And while many of its customs and traditions are very different from our own, it is a tolerant and friendly country where visitors are always welcome. That said, you’re sure to enjoy your holidays to Tunisia more if you make an effort to understand the local customs, so here’s a handy guide that covers everything you need to know before your holiday.
While Tunisia’s attitude to clothing is more relaxed than many other Arab countries, women should avoid wearing skimpy clothing outside their hotel. It is also important to cover up when sightseeing, as some religious buildings will limit entry to those who are appropriately dressed.
Despite the availability of alcohol in hotels and tourist areas, it is not widely available and visitors should respect local attitudes to drinking. Stick to the licensed areas and be wary of any public displays of drunkenness.
In hotels and resorts, tipping is expected and often forms a large part of the employees’ wages. A tip of about 10% indicates acceptable service, so tip higher if you feel it’s deserved. If you venture out to local restaurants and cafes a tip is not expected but will be appreciated, however be warned: some establishments are strictly men only.
In hotels and resorts, you will find that English is widely spoken and communication shouldn’t be a problem. Even further afield, you’re unlikely to find yourself in a situation where no one speaks English, but if you do try French – next to Arabic it’s the second most widely spoken language in Tunisia. Also, it’s polite to try and learn a few phrases in Arabic – the locals will thank you for your effort.
The markets of Tunisia offer plenty of opportunities to pick up a bargain on holiday, but only if you know how to haggle. This method of purchasing is expected but remember to keep all exchanges friendly and not to offend the seller by offering too low a price. In shops and boutiques where goods are labeled with a price tag, haggling is not usually expected.