Tunis: March Weather AveragesDaily averages for March
|Sunshine Hours||6.4 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||23 %|
|Rainfall days||8 days|
|Chance of Rain||34 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||7 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||29 %|
Daily averages for March
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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.