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Although touching the Sahara, being in Africa, Tunisia is not the country of all-year sunshine you may expect. As a matter of fact, Tunisia is a country that every year receives loads of tourists arriving before local summer kicks in.
Tunisia has three to four different climatic zones. The coast from Bizerte to Tunis is not for winter holidays, and snowfall happens once or twice every year. From Hammamet to Sfax winter tourism is possible should you only want mild days, and explore nature and culture without going to the beach every day. For beach holidays in the winter, Jerba and Zarzis are the only options.
For reliable sunshine in winter, the oases in the country are by far the best options. And many hotels out here have swimming pools, although you may not expect them all to be heated, which is important since nights get cold. Still, when heat increases through the day, that cool pool may be exactly what you want.
Summer season starts in April and ends in October from Sousse and south; from May to September north to Tunis, and June to August on the north coast.
Travelling in the interior, all of the year is attractive, but you should pack correct clothes. Snow is common in the mountains, and quite a sight. Summers are cool and pleasant, although areas exposed to the sun become hotter than out on the coast, due to the lack of sea breezes. Bulla Regia, for example, easily gets as hot as out in the Sahara.
Desert travelling is best done outside the middle of summer, although I once travelled through the oases in August once, during some of the hottest days that year. I had 45°C in Nefta, and crossing the Chott el-Jerid, the heat made the vendor in the tourist shop half way stay inside his hut just waving at me. But, honestly, travelling in summer out here is not that bad. What you need to remember is to drink more than you feel like, add salt to everything you eat and wear a hat and sun glasses.

By Tore Kjeilen