Averages for Tunis in September
September sees temperatures in Tunis begin to decline ever so slightly, but it still remains incredibly warm. It marks the end of the tourist season in the region but it is still a lovely time to visit the region. There are miles of beautiful beaches fringing the Gulf of Tunis, and with a water temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, this is the perfect time of year to try your hand at some water sports and other activities that can be crowded during th...
Daily averages for Tunis
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September sees temperatures in Tunis begin to decline ever so slightly, but it still remains incredibly warm. It marks the end of the tourist season in the region but it is still a lovely time to visit the region. There are miles of beautiful beaches fringing the Gulf of Tunis, and with a water temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, this is the perfect time of year to try your hand at some water sports and other activities that can be crowded during the summer.
The average daily temperature in Tunis during September is 25 degrees Celsius. This average takes into account a low of 19 degrees Celsius, which you can anticipate happening after nightfall, and a high of up to 30 degrees Celsius. Regardless of the thermometer, the region enjoys an average of 11 hours of sunshine on any given day. This is occasionally negated by rainfall—there is only 30 millimetres of precipitation throughout the entire month of September. But you can anticipate that only nine days out of the month are rainy.
Dates for the diary
The most significant holiday that occurs in Tunis during September is likely to be Ramadan. This Islamic festival is observed each year according to the lunar calendar so it changes each year. It usually occurs between the months of August through October however. In Tunisia, Ramadan is observed traditionally with fasting during sunlight so many local restaurants will be packed after sunset. Many tourist destinations will still be open during this time but they may have limited hours or staffing. Practicing modesty and respect during this time cannot be stressed enough as Ramadan is the most significant holiday in the Islamic calendar.
Started in August, the Medina Festival and Marsa by Night festivals continue into September. These cultural events descend into Tunis and bring musical and theatrical performances to local venues. If you are travelling during this time, getting tickets to a local show will be memorable and an easy way to experience local culture.
El Djem Roman Amphitheatre in Tunisia.
Things to do
No trip to Tunisia is complete without stopping at the Carthaginian Ruins. These ancient ruins are where the former empire of Carthage sat before it was sacked and rebuilt by the Roman Empire. The most notable features of this sprawling area are a gigantic amphitheatre and a cave that once stored food. There is a corresponding museum on the grounds to learn more about the ruins.
The Saint Louis Cathedral is a popular destination in the city of Carthage, a day’s trip from Tunis. This large Catholic Cathedral is built near the ancient ruins of Carthage so it is within a short walk from many other attractions. The cathedral is no longer used for worship but serves as a venue for classical and local music performances. The cathedral is a blend of the Byzantine and Romanesque architectural styles.
If you would like to golf as the crowds are dwindling, the Flamingo Golf Course is a beautiful option. This modern golf course is sprawling and carefully manicured while bordering the Sahara desert. September sees a drop in prices for those would like to golf. If you book in advance, which you can do online, you can save additional money.
The Kerkennah Islands are where many Tunisians choose to take holidays. If you have ample time to fill on your holiday, making a trek south to these islands could provide a reprieve from the busy city of Tunis. These low-lying islands are connected by ferries and bridges but the islands are relatively undeveloped and unspoilt.
Where to eat & drink
French food is at its finest at L’Astragale. This restaurant is popular with tourists and locals alike. It is held in high regard for its discreet and elegant ambiance, however, it is not too uptight a place for an enjoyable family dinner. Tasty classics like steaks and seafood are on offer for a fair price.
Considered one of the best restaurants in Tunis, El Firma has a classic menu with a twist. This restaurant only uses locally sourced ingredients so each course will be seasonal and fresh. The large menu comes with prices that are slightly higher than the average for the area. The ambiance and the outdoor garden area are what contribute to the higher prices.
Local fresh produced is used at El Firma.
Where to stay
Located near the city centre of Tunis, the Hotel Omrane is great value for the area. Each guest room is larger than average so it could be ideal for families or large parties. The reception area is staffed 24/7 with friendly individuals who are eager to cater to guest needs. Depending on the time of year you travel, this hotel does offer deals online.
Club Venus is a good budget accommodation within Tunis. This large hotel has 139 rooms that vary in size and comfort level. Located conveniently in the city, this hotel is perfect for travellers who want to spend their holiday exploring and not in their room. While online reviews of this hotel vary, the good and the bad are equally weighted. You can even stay here with an all-inclusive option.
The Abou Nawas hotel is another budget option in the city. This large hotel has 313 rooms including a number of luxury suites. A short drive away from the airport, the hotel offers shuttles to and from the terminals for guest’s convenience. There is a lobby bar and a piano bar within this hotel to supplement the nightlife Tunis is generally lacking.
Ideal for budget travellers, the Hotel El Oumara has a mixed reputation. Considered a good value, the hotel is simple and minimalistic. If you’d like to relax in luxury on your holiday, this may not be the choice for you. It is however, an option that will save you money that can be put towards excursions and exploring the wonders around Tunis. Many staff here speak English so there won’t be a language barrier.
Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul, Tunis city.
September events in Tunis
Hegire (Islamic New Year)
20th September 2017 to 21st September 2017
On the eve of Hegire, Tunisians make preparations for a round of festive eating with their traditional dishes like couscous, a pasta of tiny pearls of wheat dough served with meats or vegetables, the mouloukhia, which is stewed greens; the dried osban (sheep/cow intestines stuffed with rice). There are sweet treats such as pies and cakes stuffed with dates. Candy dolls are rather popular since they came with the couscous as gifts to children. Today candy dolls, made by expert candy doll makers, are selling in shops and stores during this time.