Best Time to Travel
Tunisia is a Mediterranean country and sees warm summers and harsh winters. Ideal time to visit is between April and June when the spring is at its peak. Alternatively, you could also visit in October when the summer heat gives way to a pleasant autumn.
Getting There and Around
You will need to fly to the Tunis-Carthage International Airport, located about 30 minutes from central Tunis. There are no direct flights between India and Tunisia and the most suitable way to fly in is to fly with Emirates or Qatar Airways and take a layover in Dubai or Doha. Upon arrival, avoid the hecklers and go straight to the taxi queue outside the airport. Taxis in Tunis are cheap and are metered so you dont need to worry about being cheated. Tunis lacks efficient public transportation facilities and the best way to experience the city is to hire a cab locally.
Indian nationals do not need a visa to enter Tunisia for tourism. However, you are required to carry proof of hotel reservation and a round-trip air ticket. My immigration experience was smooth, and I was not asked any questions.
What to Eat
One of my favorite things about traveling in Tunis was the delicious and cheap food. It is hard to escape the unique blend of Arabic flavours and Mediterranean influence. While you will find the usual shawarma and falafel, my favourite dish was the Couscous which is literally a melting pot of meat and vegetables cooked in exotic mild flavored spices. Tunisians are also big on tea and coffee and you must try some while you’re here. Be sure to try the Café des Delices at Sidi Bou Said and Café Cubana, a modern Cuban themed restaurant located in the Berges du Lac area.