Thursday 23 January 2020

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David Blair

GETTING THERE

Thomas Cook, Falcon and Sunway are some of the tour operators that feature Tunisia with direct charters from Ireland.

An all-inclusive week with Thomas Cook (01-514 0356; thomascook.ie) in April staying in a four-star hotel in the resort of Port el-Kantaoui costs €499 per person.

STAYING THERE

David Blair travelled with Kirker Holidays (0044 7593 2283; kirkerholidays.com), which offers three nights at the Residence (pictured) in Tunis plus return flights from London for £638 (€765). This also includes return transfers by private car.

A double room at the Residence (00216 7191 0101; theresidence.com/tunis) plus breakfast costs €323.

FIVE THINGS TO DO

Shop 'til you drop in the mesmerising medina in Tunis.

Imagine the former glories of Carthage 2,000 years ago.

Wander the whitewashed streets of coastal Sidi Bou Said, where the Arab Spring began in 2010 when a street vendor set himself on fire.

Explore Dougga, Tunisia's most romantic Roman site.

Lie in solitude on the white-sand beaches of El-Mansoura, Oued Kassab and Ras ed-Drek in Cap Bon.

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