Hammamet: May Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||12 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||47 %|
|Rainfall days||6 days|
|Chance of Rain||11 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||14 %|
Averages for Hammamet in May
May in Hammamet means hot and sunny weather that remains mainly dry.
Although May is not as hot as the prime summer months in Hammamet, there is still plenty of sun seen, keeping the temperatures high.
Some may prefer to visit the area at this time of the year, as the heat is more bearable and far less intense than the stifling highs that can be experienced later on in the year.
The average daily temperature in Hammamet is 22°C (72°F) and this can reach highs of 20°C and lows of 17°C.
The average temperature of the sea at this time of the year is 19°C (63°F).
There is on average 10 mm over 5 days of rainfall seen throughout this month.
Hammamet sees on average 12 hours of sunshine each day throughout this month.
Aziza Beach, Hammamet. Photo courtesy of Joakim Westerlund.
Dates for the diary
Lag B'Omer Pilgrimage sees members of the Jewish community in Tunisia travel to La Ghriba Synagogue in Djerba – not far from Hammamet.
Labour Day is celebrated on May 1st annually with a one-day public holiday.
Things to do
There also plenty of tennis courts in Hammamet meaning you will have a chance to practice your game during your time on holiday, whether you're an experienced player or a beginner.
The Great Mosque is one of the most historically and culturally significant features of Hammamet’s current skyline. This impressive building is incredibly well preserved and considered one of the finest in the country and region. Dating back centuries, this mosque has seen many empires come and go but still lingers on and remains a functioning mosque during times of prayer. If you are not a Muslim, you will not be allowed to enter into the Great Mosque and Muslims are only allowed in during times of prayer. You will however have ample opportunities to take photographs of the building’s beautiful exterior and of the historic cemetery that is located just in front of the mosque.
Hit the beach
If you are feeling up to the drive, the island of Djerba is one of the most untouched areas in Tunisia and well worth a visit. Djerba, which means, “jewel”, lives up to its name with clean soft, sandy beaches set against the sparkling Mediterranean. You won’t find anyone on jet skis or sail boats here. The beaches are not developed by hotels and other commercial ventures like those in Hammamet, Tunis and Sousse. Hence, if you do make the trek to Djerba, it is strongly recommended that you bring your own food, drink, towels, sunscreen, etc.
While you are on Djerba, you will enjoy some proper peace and privacy. Usually only visited by locals and Tunisian tourists, this island is very quiet and serene. Not only are the beaches not only free from crowds, there is ample space, so you’ll be able to claim a big spot of sand all to yourself. While the beach itself is undeveloped, there are restaurants and shops relatively nearby.
Where to eat & drink
Pomodoro is one of Hammamet’s many popular Italian restaurants. Ideally located just within in the city centre, Pomodo has a wide range of Italian classics on its menu. Because of Hammamet’s location on the Mediterranean Sea, this eatery showcases many classics from southern Italy, which also favours fresh seafood. With its position as one of the few Italian restaurants in the city, Pomodoro is extremely popular and has a slightly higher than average price tag as well. But if you’re in the mood for Italian cuisine, it will be hard to beat Pomodoro and could be worth saving extra money for.
For a traditional meal with décor to match, Sidi Bouhdid is a charming option. This restaurant is located within the busy medina area of Hammamet. It serves to be an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of this area, which is filled with tourists and locals alike. There is an inner courtyard of Sidi Bouhdid that allows for outdoor dining without the extra noise of the medina. While there are numerous Tunisian classics on the menu, there are also panini, pizzas and pastas to choose from if you are not feeling adventurous.
Sidi Bouhdid, Hammamet.
Many hotels, whether they are luxury or all-inclusive or not, have bars situated within their grounds. The top-end hotels in particular are new structures, built in the last few decades, with the intention of catering to Western guests. However, if you’re staying in a hotel that does not have a bar in it; you can always just take a trip over to the Sinbad Hotel Bar. This sophisticated and luxurious bar has a comprehensive drinks list with a good selection of wine, beer and cocktails to choose from. You can opt to drink inside or outside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Due to the fact that it is one of the few bars in the area, it does charge higher than average prices, although they compare fairly to European prices, so you won’t have too much of a nasty shock.
NOTE While Hammamet is a resort town that caters to tourists, it is still important to remember that modesty and traditional values are prevalent among locals. If going out at night, erring on the side of modesty in terms of what you’re wearing is recommended. Hammamet is by no means dangerous for tourists but use your common sense and stay safe.
Where to stay
Like many others, the Magic Life Africana Imperial hotel is a top end option that is close to the Mediterranean. What makes this hotel special is that it is popular with families and couples alike and there are 300 rooms to accommodate everyone. The hotel has beach access, a swimming pool, business and fitness centers as well as easy access to local golf courses. The large grounds of the hotel have a variety of rooms and suites from which to choose while on holiday.
The Riu Palace Oceana is the highest rated luxury hotel in Hammamet. This large hotel is located within a stone’s throw of the Mediterranean, which means it has some of the best views. The Riu Palace Oceana offers complimentary sun chairs and umbrellas for its guests that want to relax on the beach. But while you’re in the hotel, you can also enjoy the fitness center, a large swimming pool and free parking. The Riu Palace Oceana is extremely popular so booking well in advance will be necessary if you would like to get a room of the Mediterranean.
View from a room at Riu Palace Oceana. Photo courtesy of Richard Mortel.
May events in Hammamet
1st May 2015
Considered a day of rest and relaxation for the citizens of Tunisia, a time for self and family. Expect tourist activities and availability of services to be somewhat reduced for the day. It may be a good time to engage in leisurely reading, strolling, or seeing the sights.