Weather Averages for Tunis in July
Averages for Tunis in July
July is swelteringly hot in Tunis, with plenty of sunshine for those eager to make the most of the summer sun in North Africa. However this would not be a good time of year to visit if you dislike large crowds or excessive heat. The Mediterranean Sea is ideal at this time of year, so offers some respite from the hot and balmy conditions.
The lowest temperature that Tunis will see in July is 68 degrees Celsius. The hottest it can get during the month is 33 degrees Celsius but the average is around 27 degrees Celsius. The heat is accompanied by 13 hours of sunshine on each day so there is ample time to explore the region. True to its reputation, the desert region only receives ten millimetres of rainfall throughout the month. The heat that Tunis sees is dry and won’t be accompanied by any humidity.
Dates for the diary
A very important public holiday occurs in Tunisia in July: Tunisian Republic Day. On July 25th every year, Tunisia celebrates its independence from French government, which was earned in 1956. The day is celebrated with parades, fireworks and even bullfights in the area. Because it is a public holiday, the government and local businesses are closed in observance to spend time with family.
Celebrated in Tunis starting in July of each year, the International Carthage Festival is one of the most significant culturally. First observed in 1964, the festival is held in the ruins of an ancient amphitheatre with jazz concerts and dramatic performances. There have been many significant international artists that come to perform at this festival, which has less to do with the historical culture of Carthage but homage to it by using its former locales.
Things to do
Another fine example of Roman architecture is the Dougga. This series of ruins are a significant drive away from the city of Tunis but these are some of the best preserved ruins in the region. Because it can be quite the trek, there will be fewer tourists than the sites within Tunis. There are tour guides for hire to walk you through the ruins and it is best to plan a full day to explore them.
If you would rather beat the heat with retail therapy, the Rue Charles de Gaulle is the solution. This street is busy with the foot traffic of Tunisians looking for clothing, house ware and other goods. This street is busy all year round so plan on keeping your purse or wallet close on your body so it doesn’t get jostled and stolen in the commotion. This area can be rife with pickpockets because it is popular with locals and tourists alike.
For those who are dedicated to golf while on holiday, the Djerba Golf Club is a popular option. This golf course is a significant drive away from Tunis but if you are travelling across the country for any reason, this is a worthwhile stop. This modern club is designed by a British architect and carefully manicured to be an oasis in the desert.
Where to eat & drink
Restaurant Dar Slah is a popular restaurant for Tunisian cuisine with generous portions. The menu is not only lamb-heavy but also has many seafood options. Located in the city centre of Tunis, this restaurant also has excellent services, which may not be that easy to find in Tunis, depending on where you choose to dine. Dar Slah has a menu of Tunisian classics for a flat rate that can be a quick way to learn the greatest hits of local cuisine.
For international cuisine, La Closerie is an excellent choice. This eatery has internationally influenced food with a heavy emphasis on French cuisine. The ambiance in this club can be dampened by loud music but it is pleasant and sophisticated otherwise. When compared to other restaurants in the area, this restaurant may not be considered as good of a deal because the generous portions of other eateries.
Where to stay
For a luxury hotel outside of Tunis, the Hotel Du Parc is located near the Lake of Tunis and the airport. The rooms may not have the top end amenities that accompany European counterparts; it is comfortable and lavish for Tunis. Crucial for combating the often oppressive heat of Tunisia, this hotel has efficient air conditioning.
Conveniently located downtown, the top end hotel of El Hana International is popular with travellers who want comfort and relaxation. There are 200 rooms available for reservations, including a range from basic to suites. There is a business centre, restaurant, free high-speed internet and breakfast available to every single guest.
Also located downtown but considered a budget hotel, the Hotel Les Ambassadeurs will help save money. There are also many deals and promotions that are available online to save even more money. The hotel is ideal for those travellers who use their rooms as a landing pad or home base while exploring the area.
On the small or boutique end, the Palm Hotel is popular with tourists who want a quieter experience. With only twenty rooms, the Palm Hotel is small enough so staff can give each guest proper attention. Also, located near a local beach, the Palm Hotel is worth its booking price in location alone. There will be no better way to beat the heat than dipping into the Mediterranean between excursions.
July events in Tunis
La Marsa Nights
13th July 2015 to 18th July 2015
The peak of Tunisian summer should find you in La Marsa, a lovely get-away close to Tunis that boasts of its white beaches, and waters the colour of torquoise. Then experience La Marsa Nights - live jazz and pop music in the outdoors, the smell of sea cuisine grilling in the open air, and the view of the coast reflecting the lights of La Marsa. There will also be theatre and dance performances indoors.
Dougga International Festival
15th July 2015 to 6th August 2015
Just an hour's drive from Tunis is another UNESCO World Heritage Site - the city of Dougga - used to be a small Roman town, but well-preserved, and hence the distinction. Also, in its northern region, sits Africa's biggest Roman amphitheatre, built around 168 CE, and has the capacity of 3,500 spectators. Today, it is the venue of the world-famous, annual Dougga International Festival, an event not missed by even locals from outside of the city. A stage for classical music presentations, theatrical productions, or one-man shows, it attracts international guests, artists, celebrities, critics, and a tonne of media.
Festival of Carthage-Byrsa
15th July 2015 to 15th September 2015
Between 15th July and 15th September, during the last months of the summer in Tunis, the Festival of Carthage-Byrsa in Carthage is on the schedule. Different from other music festivals on the calendar, this one is inclined to the more traditional expressions of music and dance. It is an opportunity to have a close study of Tunisian culture and arts. The styles and costumes are famous. Byrsa, resting on a hill that bears its name, is the walled citadel just above the harbour in Carthage. On its very top sits a former Roman Catholic cathedral - the St Louis - now a venue for concerts of Tunisian and classical music. It is one of the places of observance of the festival.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
18th July 2015 to 20th July 2015
The observance of the end of Ramadan is a religious duty for Muslims and by that a three-day extravaganza of feasting is called for to mark the occasion. Acts of charity towards the poor and forgiving of past wrongs are required before the Eid prayers and thanksgiving are offered to Allah for the bounty of the last year. If you are a visitor in Tunis at this time, you must know that it is tradition and Muslims are rigorous in the observance of their rituals. Even with excess food around, it is not intended to be shared with non-Muslims, even if you happen to be a needy tourist.
25th July 2015
Another public holiday in Tunisia! This time the country remembers the day when it became a republic with the abolition of the monarchy rule in 1956. Traditionally, the day is marked by flag-hoisting, patriotic speeches at the Tunis Municipal Hall, parades and pyrotechnic displays along the wide Avenue Habib Bourguiba. The square of Place du Gouvernement is another venue of the celebration where the prime ministry is. There are fairs and exhibits even on the eve of the 25th where native food and crafts are showcased. For tourists, it is one of the best occasions to celebrate in July in the capital.