Port El Kantaoui Holidays
Port El Kantaoui – Tunisia’s premiere tourist resort
Situated a mere 10kms (6 miles) north of Sousse, Port El Kantaoui is a purpose built tourist resort with plenty of modern facilities and a fashionable following – and an overall flavour that is more akin to holiday resorts in the south of Spain than anything African. Whether its golf or water sports, sailing or shopping, Port El Kantaoui has it all at your doorstep, making it an ideal destination for an all-inclusive holiday in Tunisia, particularly for families and first timers.
Port El Kantaoui was created in 1979 as a recreational port, and designed in the style of a traditional Andaluz village, complete with pretty blue and white houses, narrow, winding streets and a faux medina crammed with, chic shops and cafes. The port itself boasts 340-berth marina and quay that is lit by lanterns at night. Activities include taking a jaunt out to sea on a wooden ‘pirate galleon’, the 36-hole El Kantaoui golf course, the Friguia Park Zoo which hosts an array of African wildlife and a magnificent stretch of powdery beach.
Like most beach destinations, Port El Kantaoui is busiest and most expensive in July-August. Although great package holiday deals can be found at Easter, the water is generally too chilly for bathing. Being a popular destination with families, school holidays can get busy but no more so than other holiday destinations in Europe. Although winter sun is pretty much assured, there are few cultural attractions in Port El Kantaoui and visitors maybe better off basing themselves in nearby Sousse.
Port El Kantaoui has a typically southern Mediterranean climate. In July and August, daytime temperatures are in mid to high 30s, and rarely drops below the low 20s in the evening, though sea breezes cool down the high humidity, so bring a light sweater. April-June and September-November are the most enjoyable times with temperatures in the mid-twenties. Rainfall is scarce and most likely to occur October to April.
Most major providers provide flight and accommodation package holidays to Tunisia and Port El Kantaoui is a popular destination. Holiday portals have dozens of Port El Kantaoui hotels, with most of them in the four and five star category. All-inclusive hotel packages are the most popular way to stay in Port El Kantaoui, as there are few restaurants in the town itself (those that are tend to be along the marina). Port El Kantaoui lives off tourism, and reviews of the hotels in the travel forums vary wildly, with noise and rude hotel staff being the most common complaints. Check out what’s on offer in our late deals then have a look at some independent reviews.
Monastir, Habib Bourguiba International Airport is only 15kms (9 miles) from Port El Kantaoui and a taxi should cost around 15 TND. Many charter airlines from the UK fly to the newer Enfidha-Hammamet airport in the north from where you can catch a louage or bus to Sousse then a taxi (about 5 TND). Being a touristic destination, it is wise to agree on a price when boarding a taxi to and from Port El Kantaoui.
Facilities at Enfidha-Hammamet include duty free, money exchange facilities and car rental services. Avis is the only international car hire operator in the airport should you choose to drive. Some travel forums have good reports on driving in Tunisia (except for the capital Tunis) and roads between the major resorts tend to be acceptable. Plenty of motor scooter traffic, lack of traffic lights, (roundabouts are used instead) and pedestrians crossing roads at any point are the main pitfalls.
The beautiful sweep of beach stretching north of Port El Kantaoui’s marina towards Sousse is lined with hotels that have mostly annexed it for their guests use, though there are some public bathing spots as well. Colourful fishing boats and mock ‘pirate boats’ depart from the marina to take tourists to deeper waters and there are plenty of paragliding, windsurfing, water-skiing and jet ski facilities.
Hassle free resort
If your idea of a perfect break is a couple of weeks in a friendly and easy going environment where you can do as little or as much as you please, then head for Port El Kantaoui. It somehow manages to offer everything you’d want from a modern and successful, purpose-built resort, while still retaining a low-key, laid-back atmosphere.
The beach here is an idyll of fine soft sand and warm crystal clear water – perfect for sunbathing, paddling with the kids, or romantic strolls hand-in-hand with the one you love along the pure white shoreline. The stretch of beach north of the marina is nicer than the famous beach of Boujaffar. There is also an array of watersports on offer, such as water skiing, jet skis and pedalos to hire.
A few hotels along the beach of Port El Kantaoui and the diving centre situated on the edge of the marina by the boat yards offer diving courses.
With water sports, floodlit tennis, bowling and boat trips all on offer in this resort, there is something for all age groups to enjoy. If you’ve ever dreamed of taking the whole family horse-riding across a beach in the late afternoon, then a break here provides the perfect opportunity to make that dream a reality.
The golfing in this resort is first-class! Imagine a leisurely lunch at a waterfront restaurant, followed by 18 holes at a twin PGA course. No wonder annual visitors describe it as ‘every golfer’s dream’.
Trips from Port El Kantaoui can include visits to the souks of Hammamat and Monastir, the Roman amphitheatre at El Jem; and a journey into the desert for an unforgettable Bedouin feast (don’t miss that).
The choice of things to do just gets better and better. So many people who head for the resort each year rave about the exciting desert safaris at nearby Gabes, Matmata and Douz. In fact, many tourists describe the safaris as the ‘highlight’ of their holiday break.
Food and drink
When the sun sets here the waterfront is the place to be, with great choices of restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours. You will find restaurants serving international and local dishes.