The nightlife in Port El Kantaoui is very much based around the hotels. Most hotels have bars & restaurants aswell as a Nightclub at the Marhaba Palace where i stayed for the week.
Not many people we spoke to went out at night, if they did most people went into Sousse for the evening by taxi as there is much more to offer on nightlife.
We did enjoy the Thomson Showstoppers show which takes place in Sousse. This can be prebooked at your hotel. See my other tips for more details.
Postoje lokali u kojima se okuplja iskljucivo lokalno stanovništvo. U jednom takvom lokalu proveo sam nekoliko noci slušajuci melanholicne pjesme koje je pjevao momak uz pratnju lutnje (lut na tuniskom). Muzika je vrlo neobicna i nadasve zanimljiva. Ta glazba je u Tunisu vrlo cijenjena i omiljena.
Tradicionalna vecernja zabava u Tunisu je gledanje trbušnog plesa. Plesacica je obicno mladjahna osoba zenskoga spola neutvrdjene visine i pozamašne gradje. Uvjet je da ima "balkone" za cistu peticu i bokove otprilike 120, jer kada ta zapleše sve to se trese da je oku milina.
Ko voli nek' izvoli.
Most visitors don't come to Tunisia for the nightlife. If you are looking for entertainment in the evening you're best bet is to stick to the big cities such as Tunis and Sousse. There are many more bars, restaurants and even a few nightclubs. The contrast between the villages in the south and the main cities in the north was noticeable. In some of the places we visited in the south, restaurants closed at 9pm and little stayed open after dark.
After spending all our days exploring the sights of Tunisia we were usually too tired in the evening to do too much. I normally drink more alcohol than usual when on holidays, especially wine with meals, but many of the restaurants we went to didn't serve alcohol. And I was rather glad of this - it made us much less tired when exploring during the day.
We encountered little to no nightlife in Tunisia. We had been advised that as women travelling alone, it would be best to stay in at night, so we did. This actually worked out better for us because we were then able to wake up early, hop into the VW Polo and head off to our next city. The big resort towns like Sousse most likely had places that women could go to at night, but we only visited there for an afternoon. Our only exception was the bar at the Sidi Driss Hotel in Matmata. this is the place where they filmed Star Wars, it seemed a lot safer than wandering the streets of Tunis, or even Sfax.
Dress Code: No dress code, very casual
Before going to Tunisia as a tourist I read some tips on VT about its nightlife. Most of them sayed that there was no nightlife in Tunisia… Now that I live in Tunisia and like a tunisian I can say that this is completely false!!! Tunisians know very well how to enjoy nights and specially in summer time there are a lot of soirées at the big hotels by the swimming pool, private bbqs on the medina’s terraces, improvised mini parties on the beach…. Of course I cannot talk for all the places in Tunisia (maybe in the middle of the Sahara surrounded by camels there is no much nightlife…) but I know that Tunis, Sousse and Hammamet in summer time are nightlife hot spots. How can you find them? As usual, don’t stay at your hotel and ask to the locals :-D
There's not much nightlife in Tunisia, especially for a woman, outside the tourist resorts, therefore forget major boozing sessions, wild dancing nights and so on. Occasionally you can find a hotel with a hammam to sweat a bit - then sipped some mint tea while reading a good book. A few other times I managed to hook up with a nice Tunisian guy and we went to tea-houses to smoke nargileh and talk life and politics: having said this, they are not exactly a respectable activity for a lady (guys and nargileh) but being a foreigner you can sort of get away with minor hassles and come-ons.
Dress Code: Tunisian people are not a formal lot, thank goodness. But it's less hassle for a woman not to wear revealing clothes
The Medina of Tunis has a lot of hidden treasures and its difficult to discover if you only spend few days in the city. During Ramadan nights (on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) there are very beautiful guided tours. Following the guide you will enter in another world full of arched and narrow alleys, beautiful decorated palaces, unknown mosques and zawouias, most of them from the XVIIth-XVIIth century. I could not immagine that there was so much to see!. The explanations are very good and during this trip you will learn a lot about Tunis’ history, arts and local customs. The meeting point is in front of Al Diwan (Dar-el-Jeld street), a restaurant-crafts shop inside a XVIIIth century nice palace; The duration of the tour is about two hours and the ticket cost 13 DT (7€) in 2008.
Dress Code: No dress code
Wear appropiate shoes
If you don’t like neither the pubs nor the discos but you don’t want to stay at the hotel at night a good choice could be La Marsa. This old seaside resort is very alive during summer nights and lots of local families go there to spend the evening walking along la corniche or taking something to drink in one of its caffès in front of the sea. The Mosque’s Square its very busy too: there are lots of people and street vendors and sometimes you can find any kind of mini fairies there (books, music, handicraft…). Summer nights at La Marsa finish very late!
Dress Code: Very casual
This is another way to enjoy your tunisian summer nights (July and August) in Tunis. The open-air performances are in the Carthage Roman Theater and you can find all kind of spectacles: local dances, concerts, theater, cinema… Most of the guests (singers, actors…) are local people but every year there are good international proposals too. I went to the concert of Yossou N’Dour and I spent a super “senegalese” night, all the people were dancing at his songs! Prices are between 10 and 15DT, depending on the performance. You don’t need to buy the tickets in advance, there are always free seats. There is a car park in front of the theater and another big car park at five min walk from the entrance so going by car is very comfortable. Otherwise you’ll need a taxi. If you are hungry you can buy some food and drinks inside.
Dress Code: No dress code
Le Centre des Musiques Arabes et Méditerranéenes in Palais Ennjema Ezzahra (Sidi Bou Said) proposes you since 2006 and during Ramadan nights a musical festival called Musiqat. It consists on some traditional and neo traditional music concerts of big quality and from different european, mediterranean and arabic countries. Sometimes they surprise you with rare proposals from Africa or South America too. The concerts take place in one of Palais Ennjema Ezzahra halls and there are not many seats but it’s better for these kind of concerts, they manage to create a pleasant and more intimate atmosphear.
This year (2008) Musiqat offered concerts of popular music from Tunisia, Iran, China, Turquey, Romania, Brasil, Mali, Afghanistan, Spain, Morocco, Italie, France and Armenia. I went to Selim Sezler’s concert (a well known clarinet player) who played with his clarinet gipsy turquish music. His music made us travel to the old suburbs of Istambul. Not to be missed
Tickets cost 10DT (5,55€) Year 2008
Dress Code: Well in summer since the hall is not very big its hot inside so its better to wear light clothes; A fan is very useful too
If you are in Tunis during the month of Ramadan dont miss the Medina Festival. Every night during all this month you can enjoy different performances, basically popular performances, that take place inside several rich and beautifully decorated palaces in the medina.
Tunis medina is not only the stalls full of touristic gifts: you have no idea of the beauty of this medina until you have visited this hidden palaces and gardens and if you can admire it during a nice concert its always much better!
I went to see the derviches from Konia in Dar Hussein and we spent a nice time. Tickets cost 20DT (11€) in 2008; Usually there are not crowded performances (50 to 100 people) so they run out very quickly. You can buy them at the National Theater in Habib Bourguiba Avenue;
Dress Code: No dress code
A must for all the salsa lovers, the Latina Caffè offers you latin music inside a nice decorated and friendly space. On Thursday and Sunday nights and during one hour there are salsa courses directed by Maher, a very reputated salsa teacher in Tunis and of course after the lesson the dance floor is free for everybody! They don’t serve alcohol (a pity because salsa without alcohol is…) but their fruit juices are very good. You can also have dinner there but it’s a little expensive and the food is nothing special (you’ll eat better in other places). Apart from Maher courses La Latina Caffè programms other soirées during all the year, for more info take a look at its link. From July to September La Latina Caffè closes in Tunis to go to Hammamet.
In the evenings or the daytime you can visit any of the hotels around your resort for a drink,its a nice way of checking them out if you want to return to Tunisia,This hotel was in Hammamet Yasmine and it was like walking into something out of disneyland,it looked like a hotel built inside a cave,it was lovely how they did it.
ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz is a slightly unfair appraisal of Port El Kantaoui high life. I experienced was there was at the start of the season. It is almost entirely based in the hotels around the resort. Because most hotels only offer accommodation on a half or full board basis, holiday makers are more or less a captive audience come tea time. Many stoop to scare tactics, informing guests that it is dangerous to venture out after dark. This of course is a total fallacy. Like any resort, as long as you keep your wits about you and exercise some common sense, you will be perfectly safe. However as a result, Port El Kantaoui turns into a ghost town by night. Such a shame.
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