Tunisia for couples
With miles of Mediterranean coastline and glistening golden beaches, classical ruins, cultural gems, heart-stirring landscapes and adventure activities, Tunisia is a wonderful destination for a romantic couples holiday. You can spend a week lounging with your loved one on a comfortable cabana beside the cerulean blue sea, or opt for a more adventurous trip and share stunning panoramas and exciting experiences.
An enchanting place for a romantic getaway, Sidi Bou Said is often described as ‘the prettiest village in the Mediterranean' for its winding whitewashed streets lined with traditional blue-and-white buildings and hung with bright bougainvillea overlooking the Mediterranean. Situated just 20km from Tunis, this medieval port town has been a favourite haunt of a bevy of famous artists over the years, including Henri Matisse and Paul Klee. The town's picturesque streets are perfect for a romantic stroll.
If you are looking for a charming bolthole by the sea, the Dar Said hotel is ideal. The former mansion boasts beautiful boutique interiors, an outdoor pool and even a traditional hammam where you and your partner can be pampered to perfection.
For a peaceful and secluded holiday amid the lush green hills of north-west Tunisia, the summer resort and souk of Ain Draham is a great spot. The Tulip Inn Ain Draham Hotel, nestled in the hollow of a valley in the beautiful Kroumirie mountains, is the ideal base for forays into the surrounding scenery. Just 25km north of Ain Draham, the beachside town of Tabarka is another good option where you can holiday under the gaze of a romantic Genoese fortress.
With a wide slice of sand curving around the coastline and a whole host of restaurants, cafes, shops and activities, Hammamet and its adjoining tourist resort Yasmine Hammamet is a good choice for a couples holiday, especially if you prefer adults-only hotels. Named for the sweet scent of jasmine that hangs in the air of this ‘garden resort', travellers can find at least two upmarket 4-star hotels in Yasmine Hammamet that are ideal for couples.
The Vincci Flora Park hotel is a half-board adults-only option nestled right beside the sea. The Sentido Aziza Beach Golf and Spa also has an adults-only policy and an enviable location overlooking Hammamet's golden sands, with the added luxury of an on-site Thalasso therapy centre offering seawater-inspired spa treatments that you can enjoy with your partner.
As Tunisia's first tourism resort, the former fishing village of Hammamet is well placed to cater for your every need. The town also features a charming medina with a 15th-century Kasbah in one corner and a small folklore museum in the other, that's perfect to explore on a romantic walk.
Tunisia's other eastern tourism hub, Sousse, situated at the southern end of the beautiful Bay of Hammamet, is another fantastic destination for a couples holiday. Find five-star luxury at the plush beach-front Movenpick Resort and Marine Spa and indulge in sumptuous spa treatments and relaxing massages together. Alternatively, the attractive adults-only Scheherazade Hotel is the ideal couples retreat.
Take long walks along the beach and browse in the atmospheric souks around the town's UNESCO-listed medina. It's also worth taking some time away from the beach to explore the town's pretty arabesque buildings, Roman catacombs and 9th-century mosque.
Djerba, an island on Tunisia's eastern coast, is both quiet and idyllic. The glittering sand and turquoise waters of its north-east coast are reminiscent of the Caribbean. In fact, the island is said to have inspired the mythical ‘land of the lotus-eaters' mentioned in Homer's ancient Greek epic the Odyssey, where Odysseus' men forgot themselves and almost abandoned their mission home. The resorts here are the perfect place for you and your partner to forget the outside world, luxuriate in a blissful environment, and simply enjoy each other's company.
There are a range of resorts here to suit couples including the grand, luxurious and elegant Radisson Blue Palace Resort, set beside a fine white sand beach. The nautical-themed Almapura Alkantara Thalassa Hotel is another good option for a romantic getaway, where you can soak up the sun together on the private beach, simmer in the hot tub or wind down in the spa.
Spend a romantic night under the stars in a luxury desert camp, on the northern edge of the awe-inspiring Sahara. Yadis Camp Ksar Ghilane, for instance, is a pitch-perfect place to stay. Its deluxe en-suite tents are air-conditioned, shaded by date palms and built on the site of an old Berber fortress. This is no ordinary camp either, as it also features a spring water-fed swimming pool, French and Bedouin cuisine and a watchtower with stunning panoramic views over the rippling dunes. Take a camel safari to explore this other-worldly landscape, wonder at the changing colours of the desert at sunset or go on a 4x4 adventure to discover abandoned forts and desolate salt pans.
Though tours direct to the desert can be arranged in advance, the southern oasis town of Douz is known as the ‘gateway to the Sahara', and was once an important stop-off for trade caravans crossing the desert. With dozens of local guides offering their services, it's a great place to arrange a desert safari whether by camel, 4x4 or on foot. Travellers wishing to spend the night at this palm-dotted oasis can find decent rooms at the four-star Hotel Sahara Douz, one of the best places to stay in the area.
Adventurous couples may also like to add a quirky dimension to a trip by visiting the curious troglodyte houses at Matmata that featured in the original Star Wars movies. Here, the local Berbers chose to burrow underground to escape the stultifying desert heat. The houses are carved into the walls of courtyards dug deep into the ground, with doors and windows facing into the pit and stairs leading to ground level. You can feel the temperature drop as you descend into these dwellings and it's possible to spend the night in one too at the Hotel Sidi Driss, which was once used as the Star Wars set for Luke Skywalker's home. Bare in mind, though, that the rooms are very basic and Spartan with single beds – not ideal for amorous couples but a magical experience for fans of the films.
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