Weather Averages for Tunis in November
Averages for Tunis in November
November is much cooler in Tunis than preceding months. However it is still very mild and the tourist season is now ending, meaning the city is much quieter. Because it is cooler at this time of year, many people visit Tunis to take advantage of outdoor activities. The sea is still warm so water sports such as water skiing and scuba diving are still popular.
Autumn as Tunis knows it is in full effect in November, however it may feel warm and welcoming to a northern European. The high temperature in Tunis reaches up to 20 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, it can get as cold as 11 degrees but the average is 16 on any given day. Like the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, the amount of sunshine each day starts to dwindle down to eight hours during the month. The region will see around 70 millimetres of rainfall throughout the month of November but it will fall during 12 days.
Dates for the diary
November is an interesting time for festivals and events on the Tunisian calendar. It used to include Change of Day on November 7th which marked the beginning of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s reign in the country. However, this former ruler was overthrown in the 2011 revolution and the emotional toll that took on the nation is not quite healed. When you are booking a hotel for the month of November, it may be worth asking the staff what they recommend you plan for November 7th.
Like many other Islamic holidays, the New Year also depends on the lunar calendar. However, Islamic New Year often falls in the first couple weeks of November. This date is calculated based on the historical records of when Mohammad moved from Mecca to Medina in the 7th century. As it relates to a religious tradition and not a secular one, Islamic New Year is often a quiet, family affair that is filled with prayers, readings and introspection.
Things to do
If you would like to take a day trip out of Tunis, Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra is a common choice. This seaside town was once the home of a baron who developed the town into the quaint area it is now. Many tourist companies offer trips out to this area but you can also take public transportation. It is not filled with many attractions but it is serene and a scenic change of pace from the busy streets of the larger cities.
Dar Lasram is a former mansion located within the city of Tunis. Popular for its preservation and small museum inside, this mansion was once owned by local governors, called beys, which oversaw the administrative order of the city. Dating back to the 18th century, this mansion holds exquisite tile work, plans and photographs of the medina dating back hundreds of years and historic maps.
Even though the heat is dying down in Tunis, it’s always a fun idea to soar above the desert sands. Aeroasis is a company that offers hot air balloons rides over the Sahara at sunrise from two popular desert villages. Each ride lasts approximately one hour and lets you see some of the harshest landscape in the world.
Another popular day trip with tourists is a jaunt to El Haouaria Beach. Nestled near the tip of a peninsula outside of Tunis, this beach is relatively unspoiled because of its location. The region does not have large cities like Tunis or Hammamet, only sleepy fishing villages that do not have many hotels with tourists.
Where to eat & drink
The Comptoirs de Beyrouth is a Lebanese style bakery and restaurant that is available for dining in or carrying out. It is located near the Lake of Tunis so it will require a taxi ride for any guests that are staying in the city centre of Tunis. However, if you will make the trek, the pastries and menu items will please everyone in your party with their range of decadence and flavours.
For a menu that includes both Tunisian and French favourites, the Chez Nous appeals to many tastes. You can get a four-course tourist meal here for an extremely fair price, a price that you won’t be able to beat at home! The menu features local seafood specialties and French classics. The walls, which are covered with pictures of celebrities who have dined here make a good conversation point.
Where to stay
The Hotel Venus has mixed reviews but offers a range of amenities for a fair budget price. The hotel has a water park inside with a large pool and several waterslides that have recently been remodelled and updated. The rooms in this large hotel range in how recently they were renovated so some are much newer than others. The newest ones are located on the first floor near the hotel bar which means that they also have the most noise. If you are willing to compromise on noise, or are a heavy sleeper, the newest rooms will be perfect.
Located just a short drive from Tunis, the city of La Marsa has many popular hotels including the Regency Tunis Hotel. This luxury hotel is situated near beaches on the Mediterranean but also has sprawling pools and manicured grounds. This hotel is an elegant break from the typical, smaller hotels that you’ll find in downtown Tunis. Perhaps if you are staying in Tunis for a substantial amount of time and don’t mind switching hotels, you can stay here and at one in the city centre to get relaxation and a picture of the city life.
Also in La Marsa, the Moevenpick Hotel Gammarth is a top end hotel at its finest. The rooms are immaculately designed and kept clean by hotel staff. This five-star resort has large swimming pools, beach access and many other amenities that keep business guests in particular returning to its grounds. There is free high-speed internet, a restaurant, fitness centre and free parking.
Situated near the beach in La Marsa, the Golden tulip Carthage Tunis lives up to its beautiful name. Guests here enjoy splendid views of the Mediterranean Sea and the carefully maintained hotel grounds. Because of its modern amenities, this hotel is particularly popular with business travellers but also attracts families.
The Golden Tulip Carthage Residence is another popular choice in the nearby city of La Marsa. Considered a great deal for the money, this building has a series of one-bedroom apartments that are popular with couples and solo travellers. La Marsa is particularly known for its beaches, so if you stay here, it is likely it will be hard to pull you away from the shores to spend much time in your hotel room, no matter how nice it is!