Back in the Seventies, Port El Kantaoui on Tunisia’s east coast called in the planners. The brief was to build an upscale, cosmopolitan resort – and that’s exactly what they did. Style-wise, the place is all white buildings and cobbled streets with a swanky marina that takes centre stage. There are a few finishing touches, too – like a PGA golf course and a 2-sided beach.
The north side of Port El Kantaoui’s beach is lined with hotels. Much of it is privately owned so the white sands are kept in pristine condition – though the public patches look pretty good, too. South of the marina you get a smaller beach with sunloungers and parasols. And wherever you are, you get pedalos, jet-skis, windsurfing and waterskiing as standard.
The golf club
Golfers will be pretty happy with what Port El Kantaoui has come up with. A whole 250 acres has been divvied up into 2 sections – a sea course that overlooks the ocean and a panorama course that comes with a first-rate view over the manicured greens. The whole place looks like a botanical garden, with fountains and lakes.
Day trips to El Jem
About an hour’s drive gets you to El Jem. Here you’ve got a UNESCO big-hitter – one of the largest and best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. It used to hold 35,000 spectators, so it really is massive. Visitors get to have a good poke around, and if the place looks familiar that’s because the movie Gladiator was filmed here.