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.