Weather Averages for Tunis in August
Averages for Tunis in August
August is the hottest, driest month of the year in Tunis. This is the height of the summer season and the city is packed with holiday travellers. However, the heat is at its highest at this time of year.
The average temperature in Tunis in August is 27 degrees Celsius. This average takes into account a possible low of 21 degrees Celsius and a high of 33 degrees Celsius. It is wise to plan for this complete temperature range by packing layers. The region basks in 12 hours of sunshine on any given day. And true to its reputation, Tunisia sees only ten millimetres of rainfall during the entire month of August. It would be a fluke for you to see any more than three days of light precipitation while on holiday.
Dates for the diary
The Festival of Carthage starts in July and continues into August. This significant festival has been held since 1964 and has come to be one of the most significant in the area. The focus of the festival is on concerts and plays that are performed in the ancient ruins and significant sites of the once great empire.
El Medina Festival is another important celebration that often starts in August. This festival traditionally starts during Ramadan. Because Ramadan depends on the lunar calendar and not the popular one, the festival dates vary from year to year. The celebrations are centred in the Tunis Municipal theatre and include Arabic musical performances, film showings and other artists.
Things to do
The Bardo Museum (also known as Le use National du Bardo) is a popular stop for tourists, especially during the summer heat. This museum has what is regarded as some of the most spectacular mosaics in the world dating back to the Roman Empire. There is a small fee to enter the museum. The museum is easy to get to via public transportation and slightly more difficult by foot because of busy city street crossings.
Bordering the medina, the Kasbah Square is a popular local hangout. This area is the location of many of the demonstrations in the 2011 revolution. Since then, this open public square has become a great meeting point. Depending on the political climate during your holiday, police may walk through the crowds to make sure there is no nonsense going on.
Located on the edge of the Sahara Desert, the Tozeur Oasis Golf is a popular oasis. The golf course is bordered by palm trees to minimise the winds and blowing sands that come off of the Sahara. There are manmade obstacles and the greens are watered by recycled water to protect the water table.
Where to eat & drink
Le Bo M is a fine example of French cuisine in Tunis. This intimate eatery is well regarded for dining outdoors with its patio seating. French classics like ratatouille and others are executed perfectly here and presented exquisitely. This fine dining experience is less formal because of its relaxed outdoor dining.
For another fine dining Italian restaurant, Romanesca is a natural choice. This eatery is intimate, elegant and has a menu of traditional classics. There are antipasto appetizer options, pasta and steak entrees and even desserts like tiramisu. The restaurant is owned and operated by an Italian expatriate so it will be hard to find more authentic restaurant in the country.
Where to stay
The Dar Said Hotel is located in a quiet neighbourhood just outside of the city centre of Tunis. This boutique hotel has over 200 rooms that are cosy and attractive in design. There is a restaurant and a swimming pool available to each guest, a feature that is not available in a majority of hotels in Tunis.
Hotel Le Pacha is a great middle of the road accommodation in Tunis. This three-star hotel offers great value for the money spent on its rooms. The staff here are very friendly and helpful and will happily coordinate travel and excursions for guests. Hotel Le Pacha has a bar inside its grounds so you can enjoy a cocktail at the end of a hot day.
Just a short walk from the city centre, the Golf Royal is a popular hotel. The Golf Royal is located next door to a police station. This means that there is unsightly grounds nearby, however, the area is extremely safe. If you have any hesitations about travelling to Tunis, this hotel could help ease your fears.
The Hotel de l’Agriculture is a unique and modern accommodation in Tunis. This small hotel only has 19 rooms so each room and guest receives extra attention from its cleaning and guest services staff. Located in the city centre, this hotel is a convenient home base to explore the city and surrounding area.