Entertain little ones in one of the many resorts along the Mediterranean coast. Head to Hammamet for kilometres of clean beaches, a small medina and plenty of family-friendly hotels and resorts. The town also has lots of restaurants and bars.
Venture south of Hammamet to the purpose-built resort of Port El Kantaoui for luxurious hotels and Tunisia’s answer to the posh marinas of the south of France, or, for a more authentic experience, to neighbouring Sousse, where you can explore the markets and allow yourself to get lost in the alleyways of the old walled medina.
Sousse is a great option for a beach holiday with character, as well as a popular stop-off point for many family adventure trips – worth considering as a way of experiencing some of Tunisia’s most interesting sights with kids. A typical itinerary will head north to take in the ruins of Hannibal’s Carthage and the seaside town of Sidi Bou Said before moving on to Sousse and the impressive coliseum at El Djem, where little gladiators can fight it out before heading off to explore the lions’ lair beneath the coliseum floor. From here, most trips head inland to the Sahara and the desert capital of Tozeur, where Skywalker fans young and old can visit the expanses of the Chott el Djerid salt flats and film sets from the first Star Wars film and The English Patient. Quad-biking, camel rides and a night sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin tent are guaranteed to keep all ages occupied.
If you can squeeze it in, no visit to central Tunisia is complete without a ride on the Red Lizard Train to take in the breathtaking views of the Seldja Gorge. The train departs daily from the station at Metlaoui not far from Tozeur. Most adventure trips round off with another dose of Star Wars trivia and a trip to the troglodyte homes in the village of Matmata (used as the location for Luke Skywalker’s home planet), before winding up with a stay by the beach at Djerba.
For those travelling with younger children or opting for a stay by the beach, check out one of the many tour operators that offer excursions from major resorts to sites including Carthage, El Djem and Tozeur. But when booking such trips, do take into account the travelling times to and from sites to avoid long days with tired children.