Port el kantaoui: October Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||59 %|
|Chance of Rain||22 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||1 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||20 %|
Averages for Port el kantaoui in October
October continues the gentle decline after the summer months, notching up an average temperature of 22 °C. It’s not all doom and gloom though, due to the decline in temperature, the summer crowds also start to dissipate, leaving you to enjoy a more quiet and relaxed holiday.
Going into more detail, October starts off with a comfortable daily average temperature of 24.6°C, dropping off to 23.3°C midway through the month, before falling again to 20.7°C. So you can expect to enjoy temperatures in the 20’s throughout the whole month.
October’s daytimes highs are still respectable, finding their way up to 26°C, with night-time averages falling to around 17°C. With highs of 26°C you’ll still be able to enjoy a day at the beach, but we’d advise packing some warmer clothes for your evening strolls through the port.
Going back through the years, the highest recent temperature in October reached 40°C on 2 October 2003, with a lowest recorded temperature of 10°C on 22 October 1991. Of course these figures are not representative of an average experience in the port, so don’t panic 40°C temperatures too much.
October is one of the wettest months to visit the port, with 6 days of rainfall to be expected over the month. Across October, Port el Kantaoui receives an average of 55 mm (2.2 inches) of rainfall.
October still has a respectable amount of average sunshine, with nine hours of sun.
October is the second most humid month to visit the port, coming it at 73%. This is almost as humid as January, which is the most humid month of the year at 74%. You will feel uncomfortable with a humidity level of 73%, but with all the air-conditioned venues on offer you’ll have many welcome breaks.
October comes in at 14 km/h, equivalent to about 9 mph, or 8 knots (classed as a ‘gentle breeze’ on the Beaufort wind force scale). Overall, the maximum sustained wind speed in recent years has reached 78 km/h, that’s equivalent to roughly 48 mph, or 42 knots (classed as a storm or a ‘strong gale’ on the Beaufort wind force scale).
Although the air temperature continues to drop as summer draws to a close the sea temperature maintains a comfortable average of 25°C – perfect for a swim.
Where to stay
Hotel Riviera is a four stars resort. Quiet, very friendly and conveniently located, it is popular with couples and families. The hotel is designed in traditional Moorish style, with beautiful interior and exterior evening illuminations. Highlights include hand-painted ceilings, skylights and multi-coloured water-jet fountains. There are 212 rooms, swimming pool with children’s section, restaurants and conference rooms.
Swimming pool at Hotel Riviera, Port el Kantaoui.
Located in Port El Kantaoui, Jasmine Residence offers an outdoor pool and a private beach area. At Jasmine Residence you will find a garden, a terrace and a shared kitchen. Other facilities like water sports facilities and a shared lounge are offered.
Wave Residence is a self-catering accommodation located in Hammam Sousse. Free Wi-Fi access is available, TV, air conditioning and a seating area. At Wave Residence you’ll also benefit from a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace.
Things to do
Why not head west to Kairouan; it’s the capital of the Kairouan Governorate and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Make your way to the Bab ech Chouhada, where you’ll find the restored Zaouia of Sidi Abid el-Ghariani which dates from the 14th century and contains some fine woodcarving and stuccowork. The zaouia also contains the resting place of the Hafsid sultan Moulay Hassan who reigned from 1525 to 1543. There are no hard and fast opening hours, but your best bet is to visit in the morning.
Slightly closer to the port is Hergla, a modestly sized coastal town. White houses of Hergla are constructed in traditional style, characteristic for this area. In the Roman era, Hergla was named "Horrea Caelia", it was the border town between the historic regions Byzacena and Zeugitana.
Hergla village street, Tunisia.
Bird watchers will get a kick out of Hergla Lake (or Sebkhet Halk el Menzel). It’s a beautiful freshwater lake where you’ll find marbled teal, flamingos, spoonbills, herons and various types of sandpipers, gulls and terns. Hergla, known for its colourful underwater fauna, is a well-known scuba diving destination and sailing and windsurfing are also available.
Hit the beach
Despite October still being one of the cooler months of the year in Port el Kantaoui, the weather is still pleasant enough enjoy a walk along the beach and the highs of 26°C make a beach day a real pleasure.
If you follow the line of the beach south you will find yourself in Sousse. Most of Sousse’s beaches are very close to the town centre and its more historic medina. Bou Jaafar beach is directly adjacent to the Medina in Sousse, with clean white sand and very calm water and nearby facilities it’s perfect for families with young children.
Despite an unfortunate name, Las Vegas beach sits next to Bou Jaafar to the north. It is not as wide, but enjoys the same facilities and services and is ideal for a family holiday. It features more waves, making a great water sports spot.
Eating and drinking out
Tip Top in Sousse is your usual tourist restaurant – you’ll probably be invited in there by one of their enthusiastic staff as you walk the streets. They sell a good range of seafood, although be prepared for slightly above average pricing.
The Forum Grill restaurant is located at the picturesque seaside in Sousse. No doubt you’ll have twigged that this is a grill house, offering sea food and traditional Tunisian meat dishes.
L'Escargot has been described as a cosy and romantic small seafood restaurant with outstanding food and service. If you do not know it, you can just walk pass it, as it rests hidden behind a row of trees.
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