Port El Kantaoui

Styled-up resort

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.

Beach life

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.

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