Beautiful country very moderate yet conservative. Very friendly people
often speaking English, French, German, Italian as well as Arabic.
The country needs tourism there are a lot of hotels in the main resorts.
There was a lot of litter in the towns and while traveling reminiscent
of other developing countries.
When you are out and about and wearing your hotel wrist band be aware of
scams of men saying that they are from your hotel and take you to shop
to sell your goods! Hide your wrist band if you can turn it inside out
so they can't see which hotel you are from.
Hotel - Marhaba Royal Salem Hotel in Sousse
Nice friendly staff, rooms great basic but clean and tidy the chamber
maid was ace and very accommodating and came every day. Lots of choices
for food as we were all inclusive, but a little bland apart from when
they did traditional food, the vegetarian options were not great all a
good service (meat dishes were good). Fab pools including an indoor pool
with jacuzzi. Lovely gardens. The Animation team were a little annoying,
a group of young Tunisian staff who were encourage guests to participate
in activities such as darts and aqua aerobics with loud music they
mingled with the guests and (appart from the slight annoyingness :-) )
were very friendly.
The beach by the hotel was okay but a little dirty and littered the sea
was too cold in mid April to swim in.
Taxi from the hotel to the central souuse should cost you 5/7 dinar at
Some refurbishments were taking place but it didn't disturb us.
Many of the residents were of an older generation. However in the sister
hotel next door there were a lot more younger people (taking advantage
of the "free" booze)
There is also a fab cafe at the entrance of the hotel Mio Mondo which
sells great coffee as the hotel coffee while drinkable is not great.
If you can avoid transfers to and from your hotel do as ours took
absolutely ages, it was a nightmare finding the right coach and getting
good off at the right hotel as the driver call the hotel by another
name. There are a lot of hotels called marhaba something or other.
The cost the transfer is not worth it as you maybe able to get a taxi
for the same price or even cheaper. You would need to be streetwise and
negotiate hard when you get to Tunis looking pasty and white ;-)
The Street food was very tasty and very cheap (think 40p for a calzone
style pizza), restaurants were reasonable if you are veggies ask them to
adapt a dish for you. We paid 40Dr for a meal for two with a nice bottle
of Tunisian Red wine in Central Sousse. Lots of french inspired breads,
cakes and cuisine as well as traditional Arab foods and some italian.
Do your own thing often much cheaper than tour operator excursions and a
far more enriching experience!
Tunis - very large 13th century Medina with a mosque at the end. Great
french style cafes, fantastic street food. A sprawling metropolis full
of life and great energy. Go there if you fancy a bit of hustle &
Sidi Bou Said - Gorgeous little blue & white, picture postcard, village
with many beautiful traditional doors. Wonderful views and great
Mahida - supposed to have the best beaches in the country but they were
disappointing because of litter, not much time do there.
Monastir worth a short visit, check out the Garrison/citadel and very
old fort great views from the tower, the mausoleum is also worth a look.
5Dr from our hotel to Sousse train station.
The Trains are basic but roomy good value for money.
The metro train for shorter journies does get crowded but people are
14 Dr from Souuse to Tunis return on mainline train, it took two hours.
20 Dr in a Taxi from Tunis to Sidi Bou Said or 1 Dr by metro train each
way. Metro 20-30min walk from Tunis train station. (this is a fraction
of the prices charged by the travel company's excursions packages!).
12 Dr per person approx return from Sousse stop off in Monastir then to
Mahida on the metro train.
That is what we did but it gives you an idea of what things cost.
Shukran - thank you
Salem - hello
Le shukran - no thank you
Fish faloos - I have no money (say this to sellers of goods on the
beach! along with le shukran!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marhaba Royal Salem Marhaba Royal Salem Beach Tax : SOLIDARITY STAMP for non resident foreign travellers leaving the tunisian territory are requested to present a solidarity stamp: * accounting 30 TND * It is sold at th finance offices, cusomer offices (including the borders ones), banks and tabacco shops. * Its entry into force is fixed on the 1st of October 2014, defined as the entry date into the territory. ... more less
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