Port el kantaoui Weather August Averages, Tunisia
What's the Weather Like in Port El Kantaoui in August
Wiping away the sweat for one moment, let's take a closer look at August, the month starts off with a comfortable daily average temperature of 27.9°C, gently rising to 28.7 °C midway through the month, before dropping again to 27.7°C. This makes mid-August the peak time to visit the Port if you're a hardened sun seeker.
August's daytimes highs are unforgiving, coming it at 33°C, with night-time averages bringing minimum temperatures down to around a more hospitable 22°C. Those highs of 33°C really can get quite uncomfortable, we recommend retreating to areas of shade or the comfort of your air conditioned hotel during peak hours!
Taking a trip down memory lane, the highest recent temperature in August reached 48°C on 29 August 2007, with a lowest recorded temperature of 20°C on 2 August 2004. Of course these figures are in the extreme, so don't let the prospect of cooking away in temperatures of 48°C put you off too much.
The weather really starts to dry up around August, with a mere 2 days of rain fall to be expected over the month. Across August, Port el Kantaoui receives an average of 10 mm (0.4 inches) of rainfall.
Average Sunshine Hours
August see's an average daily relative humidity of around 67%, to put this in perspective; January is the most humid month of the year at 74%. With a humidity level of 67% things will still feel a bit sticky and humid but the resorts glut of beaches and pools offer a welcoming escape.
Time to talk gusts, August comes in at 14 km/h, equivalent to about 9 mph, or 8 knots (classed as a 'gentle breeze' on the Beaufort wind force scale). Overall, the maximum sustained wind speed in recent years has reached 85 km/h, that's equivalent to roughly 53 mph, or 46 knots (classed as a storm or a 'strong gale' on the Beaufort wind force scale).
Average Sea Temperature
If you're visiting in August there's little doubt you'll miss out on taking a dip in the sea. The sea temperature averages around 28°C. This is more than comfortable, truly ideal sea swimming weather.
Port El Kantaoui Hotels in August
Hotel El Kantaoui Center and Spa was purpose-built to provide a comfortable stay for both energetic holidaymakers and leisure visitors. It's a good hotel to spend a carefree family holiday, boasting an enviable range of family-friendly amenities. Guests can take advantage of saunas, Jacuzzis and Turkish baths, as well as a well-equipped fitness room.
Seabel Alhambra Beach Golf & Spa is a well-equipped beachfront hotel, combining a wealth of facilities including restaurants, bars, a spa offering various treatments and excellent standards of service.
Kanta Hotel benefits from a large swimming pool, complete with a children's pool, all enclosed by a sun terrace. The hotel is surrounded by spacious gardens, filled with flowers and palm trees. The hotel has a private beach around 800 metres away (with a shuttle service provided).
Port El Kantaoui Beach for August
August boasts scorching peak highs of 33°C and an average temperature of 28°C. Combined with an average sea temperature of 28°C there simply isn't a better time of year to hit the beach in Port el Kantaoui.
Port el Kantaoui beach is split in half, either side of the purpose-built marina. To the south you have an open and expansive stretch of beach, to the north you have a beach dotted with extremely indulgent beachfront hotels and restaurants. As will all of the beach resorts in North Tunisia, you are presented with a vast array of water sports, keep your eyes peeled for the RIU hotels, they offer quality water sports with well-maintained equipment.
We recommend getting up close and personal with the beaches oceans by taking a diving trip off the Tunisian coast. There are various diving locations available throughout the locality, including Hergla, Mahdia, Djerba and of course the port itself. The port does house its own diving centre called Sdanek Club, despite not having its own website, it can be found when you're there by heading to the dry dock at the entrance to the marina.
If you're staying at the port for any kind of time it's worth taking the 15 minute stroll south towards Sousse. Once there you'll have the same white sand beaches but with a beautiful historic backdrop. Within Sousse you'll find a number of well-appointed beaches including, Monastir, Las Vegas and Bou Jaafar.
Going further afield in search of clear water and white sand you'll find Hammamet' beach. Much like Sousse, Hammamet offers a North Tunisian beach experience but with a more genuine and historic backdrop compared to the port.
Bars and Restaurants
At Café Maure in Port El Kantaoui you can sip delicious mint tea or Turkish coffee, eat sweeter than sweet Tunisian pastries, and happily smoke hookah.
The Art Restaurant in Sousse has a relaxed atmosphere and quality food. The fish is apparently great and reasonably priced, served with perfectly cooked rice. You'll find locals eating there during the day and air conditioning.
Ribat Cafe is friendly peaceful haven from the heaving medina markets, not to mention an enviable sun trap too. Why not try the local dish called 'brik' a thin fried batter with egg and tuna, usually served with chips.
Things to do in Port El Kantaoui in August
Once you've explored the relatively limited marina, the Port itself seems fairly small. Fear not though, simply take a trip south to historic Sousse, Tunisia's third largest city. Considering it's only 15 minutes away, there really is no excuse. Once there find your way over the Kalat el-Koubba, it's situated slap bang in the centre of the Medina and was constructed in the late 11th century. The building used to function as a traditional inn, with rooms built around a central courtyard. Today these rooms house mannequins, depicting traditional scenes from life under Ottoman rule. Dressed in traditional national dress, they can be spotted playing musical instruments, cooking, embroidery and cloth making.
While in Sousse, make sure to take advantage of the far more authentic shopping experience at Souq er-Ribba. This traditional market is vaguely reminiscent of a medieval bazaar. If you can see past the very modern looking roof, the actual sales floor is genuinely archaic. Souq er-Ribba is the commerce capital medina, awash with colour, battering merchants and eager tourists it's easy to get caught up in the experience. It certainly represents Sousse' and Port el Kantaoui' most genuine bazaar experience.
Take a trip out to local Hammamet to soak up some more history. The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright allegedly once said that the villa of George Sebastian from the 1920's was the most beautiful home he'd ever seen. Today it opens as a cultural centre, and welcomes the general public. Inside you'll find an arcaded swimming pool and a baptistry-style bath.