Port El Kantaoui, Sousse
Sailing out of the harbour in a catamaran feels good. For the first 20 minutes or so, the engine is running, and then the sail is hoisted and it's amazing. The two guys running the show were friendly and you felt safe on the boat. No life-jackets, but this is Tunisia.
There were four of us, and we did a fine bit of bartering - £20 for a few hours out in the ocean. Ok it was in May 2010, maybe in high season when more tourists around, higher prices can be demanded.
A great way to relax. Until the crew decided it was 'soaking time'. Four sun-bathing, chilled out Brits find the sea water being thrown over you. (catamarans can be bounced over the water, and the result is you get wet). Don't get me wrong, this isn't a complaint, it was great fun.
About 7km to the north of Sousse centre you find Port El Kantaoui. This place looks like it is built only for the purpose of tourism. The harbour is filled up with large cabin cruisers and charter boats and along the harbour you can find a large number of restaurants souvenir shops and hotels. Further away from the harbour you will find more hotels,golf courses,a worn down amusement park and a wery good water park with a large wave machine.
This place was perfect for our children.
The biggest disapointment was on the harbour. Boats in metal looking like submarines took people out to look at the ocean life. When we came out of the harbour the boats did not dive,and the fish and the ocean bottom were mostly in boring colours. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!
enjoy a nice walk along the beach heading towards Port el Kantaoui for about one hour, until you hit the port, Excellent for hiring a catamaran for a couple of hours make sure you barter the price
try the Paradise Catamaran
Most likely if you are on vacation in Sousse your hotel will be in Port El Kantaoui. Or at least, I recommend you a hotel there because the village is a new one and therefore the hotels will be new.
If you are staying at a hotel in Sousse, then a walk to Port El Kantaoui is worth especially in the evening.
Port El Kantaoui (known earlier as Sousse-North) is a holiday village with a plenty of tourists attractions - hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, marina, etc. Among other things you may arrange a boat trip for the next days.
We used to go there almost every evening for a walk after dinner. That's why my pictures are not of good quality.
Port El Kanataoui is touristy and despite the 'cheap' attractions still kind of romantic place.
Port el-Kantaoui is a resort town 14 km north of Sousse. It is packed with all the excesses associated with savage tourism and is clearly intended for wealthy foreigners who have little time or interest to discover the "real" side of Tunisia.
Owing to a strange set of circumstances, we stayed there 5 nights (!) instead of in Sousse, making the trip into Sousse (or to whatever part of the country we were visiting that day) early each morning.
What we discovered during our time there is that like it or not, Tunisia has pegged a huge part of its economy on catering to rich tourists of the Western world and it has invested in expansive villages like Port el-Kantaoui specifically for them. Therefore, to visit a place like Port el-Kantaoui for one day (without paying for its overpriced tours and activities) will make you discover something that is just as much a part of Tunisian culture as camels and harissa sauce.
We were there during the low tourist season, when the place was half-deserted, and enjoyed taking long walks on the beach and watching luxury gone wild. The many Western-inspired restaurants not only serve dishes from every part of the world, but also much food for thought.
Tourists stay in Sousse or in Port el-Kantaoui. Both town have many good, not to pricy, hotels, if you stay in Sousse go and see Port el-Kantaoui. It is beautiful, there is no real culture, but still it is fun to walk in this tourist-built town. From Port el-Kantaoui to Sousse you can walk via the water, it is about a three hour walk!
Port El Kantaoui is a tourist complex . Built in 1979 specifically as a tourist centre, it boasts a modern marina equipped for over 300 boats and several golf courses, as well and a full array of other sporting activities from water skiing to paragliding. The 36-hole PGA approved championship course makes Port El Kantaoui a popular destination for golfing.
The architecture, although modern and dazzlingly white, has been modelled on the more traditional buildings in Tunisia, complete with narrow streets and arches. The hotels that line the beachfront extend from Sousse itself along miles of sparkling clean sea to Port El Kantaoui.
The charm of this white and blue Tunisian style village with its reproduced medina, cobblestone streets and attractive marina is popular with package holiday visitors, families and first time visitors, offering familiar and safe surroundings. However, its extensive landscaping and detachment from the true Tunisia brings critics; most notably the Rough Guide has described Port El Kantaoui as "Tunisia without tears ... artificial, soulless, even anaemic"
El Kantaoui port is a port and resort near Sousse, there are many hotels and appartments to rent and all accommodation are there, the port is very animated especialy at night, so whenever you go you will enjoy your time :)