Tunis: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||23 %|
|Rainfall days||9 days|
|Chance of Rain||34 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||7 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||29 %|
Averages for Tunis in March
The Mediterranean climate in Tunis means that there is pleasant weather all year round, and temperatures in March are warm yet mild. This is a perfect time of year to visit to escape to cold and dampness of other parts of Europe. Tunis is much quieter at this time of year so it is an ideal time to visit without having to battle hordes of tourists. It will also be much easier to find cheaper deals on a wide range of accommodation.
The average temperature on any given day lingers around 14 degrees Celsius. The temperature can dip as low as 9 degrees Celsius or swing as high as 18 degrees. Regardless of the temperature, tourists can expect to enjoy around nine hours of sunshine while in Tunis. This will give you ample time to explore the region. Also, the amount of rainfall drops down to 40 millimetres throughout the month of March. But it is likely to fall over the course of nine days.
Dates for the diary
March brings numerous holidays and festivals to Tunis. Starting this month, there will be many events to add to your holiday calendar. On March 20th every year, Tunisia celebrates its Independence Day. On this day, Tunisia gained its freedom from colonist France. The holiday has traditionally been celebrated with speeches, military drills and processions. However, since the revolution in 2011 the celebrations have been muted. If you are travelling to Tunis during this time, ask your hotel about what may be going on to celebrate and if there are any security concerns to be aware of.
There are jubilant festivals in March including the Festival of Mediterranean Guitar. While it may be an instrument more readily associated with Spain, the region heralds its local performers, especially during this time. Performers from all across Tunisia are invited to audition to be a part of this festival so there will be talent that you may never hear anywhere else. Performances can include all music genres as well.
Festival of Mediterranean guitar.
Things to do
Islam is a huge part of both historical and modern Tunisian culture. No trip to the area would be complete without a trip to a mosque and Mosque Sidi Youssef is a popular option. The minaret of this mosque is a beacon on the city’s skyline. Like many religious buildings, dressing modestly is crucial if you want to enter the building. But there are tunics and scarves are provided to cover up.
Another facet of Islamic culture is the madrassa, or an Islamic school. There are former Islamic schools in Tunis that are popular tourist attractions. This attraction has a complete staff with tour guides to take you around the grounds. The series of buildings have lovely architectural details throughout.
A historic train from the 19th century still stands in Tunisia today and attracts countless tourists each year. The Red Lizard Train was built to connect rich mining areas. This track now takes tourists through the Tunisian countryside for over an hour and a half. Travellers can enjoy the scenic landscape through the windows which include deserts, oases and unique rocky formations.
The Red Lizard Train. Photo courtesy of Stuart Burns.
Where to eat & drink
Chez Slah is a restaurant recommended for romantic or intimate meals. For a fair price, guests enjoy meals inspired by Mediterranean and European cuisines. This tiny restaurant is popular with tourists and locals who want a break from Tunisian cuisine. Because the restaurant is small, making reservations are strongly recommended.
Considered a novelty in Tunis, Mamie Lily is definitely a change of pace. This restaurant is completely kosher while using local ingredients. This blend of Jewish and Arabic food is not accompanied by the often lofty price tag on fusion food either. Mamie Lily is affordable and unexpected.
Where to stay
For another middle of the road stay, the Carlton Hotel Tunis has comfortable accommodations at a reasonable price. This hotel has a large amount of rooms and is located near the city centre of Tunis. Guests in this hotel will be just a short walk away from many popular attractions. There is also a bar in the hotel, free high-speed internet, free parking and free breakfast.
Another sensible hotel choice is Les Berges du Lac. Don’t let the French name throw you off. This hotel is located outside of the city of Tunis by its airport but also located on the Lake of Tunis. Popular with business travellers, this boutique hotel has a bar, fitness centre, shuttle service and even a swimming pool.
The Africa Hotel is a popular option based on its size and location. This 189-room hotel has a bar, restaurant, business centre and a shuttle bus available for each of its guests. The Africa Hotel is located near the city centre of Tunis but feels safe at night. The staff in this hotel have a large number of guests to attend to so if you have issues, raise them as soon as you can to beat the wait.
For 4-star accommodations, the Tunis Grand Hotel will meet your exacting expectations. This new hotel is located near the modern, business centre of Tunis so there are shopping and galleries within walking distance. There are only 63 rooms in this hotel so staff have the capacity to cater to guests needs individually.
Carlton Hotel Tunis. Photo courtesy of Phil.
March events in Tunis
Al-Kalimat - Le Marathon des Mots de Tunis
6th March 2015 to 8th March 2015
This is the Al-Kalimat. The word means 'speech' in Arabic. Writers, authors, publishers, intellectuals, and bloggers included, gather together in the heart of Tunis and spend the next three days in a marathon of writings, readings and speeches. There will be novels, poems, letters, stories, and songs. The festival is mainly celebrated at the Municipal Theatre of Tunis, the Carthage Acropolium, and the House of Baron D'Erlanger in Sidi Bou Said.
9th March 2015 to 11th March 2015
This trade show is the stage for Lingerie Med, a real showcase for lingerie. Organized by Sogefoires International, it will show off underwear made from various materials. Including sportswear, beachwear, nightwear and stockings. Also for sale will be t-shirts, vests, blouses, and other apparel. The event may sound ideal for most women but it is mainly geared towards the interests of department stores, hypermarkets, retailers and importers, exporters of lingerie. The venue will be at the Tunis-La Charguia Expo Center.
18th March 2015 to 27th March 2015
Beautiful products and accessories will be on display at the Parc des expositions du Kram in Tunis for a good nine days in March. There will be items for personal use, for gifts and for the home - fashion jewelry, bags, accessories, textiles and furniture, decorative products, house wares, christmas decor, floor rags, and much more. The show calls out to gift industry professionals, exporters and wholesalers, corporations, showroom managers, brand or product managers, software companies, and others who may use the items as novelty gifts. Organized by Foires Internationales De Tunis.
20th March 2015
The Tunisians take their Independence Day very seriously - enormous crowds cover the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, the main boulevard in the capital city, as citizens remember their day of freedom. The festivities will start with speeches from the presidential palace in the suburb of Carthage. In 1956, 59 years ago to the day, Tunisia was declared free of 75 years of French rule.
21st March 2015
International Youth Day is a state-sponsored affair in Tunisia and a well organized celebration more so in the financial and political hub of the country, which is Tunis. During this day, the state makes pronouncements on laws and bills passed specific to the youth's welfare. After the dialogues and the agreements on the given theme of the year, music concerts, cultural shows, and sports fests cap the occasion of Youth Day in Tunis.
25th March 2015 to 27th March 2015
It is said that the Herb Festival signals the arrival of spring, and indeed this three-day festival of music and art prepares the ground for a blossoming of inter-Arab culture. As like last year, the Maison des Arts cultural association may organize the event. They will bring in renowned Arabian artists to perform at the Mondial Theater in downtown Tunis. The festival also claims to bring to the awareness of Tunisians the pitfalls of the consumption of illicit drugs.