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Eating and Sleeping

Touristic restaurant in Hammamet, Tunisia

Hammamet has a wide selection of charming tourist restaurants, with prices at a surprisingly friendly level. What about a 3-course menu for 10TD?

Hotel Aricha in Houmt Souq, Jerba, Tunisia

Perhaps the most beautiful hotel at 15TD/20TD a night. The Hotel Aricha in Houmt Souq on Jerba.

Hotel Tamerza Palace, Tamerza, Tunisia

Tamerza Palace in Tamerza offers luxury at only 100TD/140TD a night.

For both eating and sleeping, Tunisia has most of the necessities on offer. At last in the tourist zones. The mountain area between Tabarka in the north and Tozeur in the south necessitates planning. Here it may be hours of driving between every restaurant or hotel.
Tunisian restaurants are generally good, safe and inexpensive. Touristic places often have a rich variety of offers, smaller places have hotel restaurants or small popular restaurants serving simple food.
Tunisians tend to think that they have the greatest cuisine in the world. That is not altogether the truth, but there are plenty of goodies to look out for. Fried fish is a delicacy here, ranging from great to heavenly. Dishes like ojja and brik are not to be missed. Salads are often quite superb, do not miss the Tunisian salad or the grilled salad.
Tunisia makes a claim of couscous being their thing, and this is served with harissa (chili purée). Meat dishes are hit and miss, and if you ask me, Tunisian cooks should stop trying to grill meat immediately and go on a study tour to Morocco instead!
Potatoes always come in the shape of french fries, terrible to all of us who know how many exiting ways of preparing potatoes there are.
Tunisian wine is cheap and quite good, but an oenologist (which I am clearly not) may disagree. Beer is easy to get by, and almost always in the shape of Tunisia's own Celtia. Not as good as Egyptian beer, but superior to Moroccan, if that means anything to you.
Prices at restaurants are best if you go for a full meal, with starters, main dish and desert. Expect to pay between 8TD and 20TD. Charming and romantic restaurants are hard to find, even in places like Tunis and Sousse. But they are there, so ask at your hotel. They will know.
Tunisian hotels are quite good compared to the price you pay. There are in most places dirt cheap places with a quality that matches. Luxury hotels are limited to tourist destinations and large cities. Mid-range options are usually available, but there are sizeable towns without.
What you pay and what you get varies a lot. There is really no general rule on what you could expect per dinar paid. On my last visit I paid 30TD in Gafsa for a hotel that was not as good as a hotel in Tozeur where I paid 18TD.
If you want to pay as little as possible, perhaps even bring a sleeping bag or your sheets, you may get by on 10TD a night. In large cities, rooms can be even cheaper than that. If you do this simply because you want to save money, not because you're truly short on funds, you are beyond my understanding. Any traveller who can afford to pay a little more, will benefit much from that.
Mid-range in Tunisia is generally from 20-50TD for singles, 25-70TD for doubles. In this range, you always get clean sheets, private bathrooms that works and breakfast of variable quality. Also this type of hotels are safe concerning valuables. Not that there is a great risk of being robbed in cheap places, but mid-range hotels are better staffed.
Good standard and a touch of luxury can start at as low as 60TD for singles and 80TD for doubles. A good indicator for how far your money can bring you is the Tamerza Palace at Tamerza, where the cheap type of hotel rooms with full access to all of the splendid complex is priced at 100TD. Above this, there is no clear rule. Some really expensive places are superb, others are snotty and impersonal. One hotel may be worse than another hotel asking half the price. And more important for many: Luxury hotels are had at about 30% of the price if you go on a charter trip compared to arranging everything on your own.

By Tore Kjeilen