When to go?
Summer is perfect for discovering the beaches of Djerba but scorching hot temperatures and strong desert wind make travel unpleasant in Southern Tunisia's summer months, June through August. Lows rarely fall below the mid' 20s (°C), and highs soar into the high 30's (°C). However, on either side of summer and in the winter months, days are perfect for wandering the barren landscapes. If you prefer warm to hot temperatures, March, April, October, and November provide days perfect for relaxing by the poolside and early mornings ideal for visiting local markets and exploring the Sahara Desert on the back of a camel. In the depth of winter, December through February, you'll still be plenty warm during the day, although morning and evenings will be chilly. As winter sees with it a sharp decline in the already low tourist numbers, you'll feel like you're the only non-local for miles around. Keep in mind, while this means accommodation prices will be lower, some tourism businesses close up shop.
Do & See: What to Expect in Southern Tunisia
While public transport is average at best in Northern Tunisia, it's completely lacking in Southern Tunisia. Renting a car is relatively cheap and is a great way to get off the beaten path and explore the region at your own pace. Either way, a must-visit is Nefta, where you may recognise landscapes straight from the Star Wars movies. A masterful irrigation network allows palm trees, fruit trees and vegetables to flourish while the rest of the village is naturally dry and barren.
You'll also enjoy a visit to Ghomrassen, perched atop a hill and overflowing with local architecture and houses built right into the hillsides. The Mediterranean Coast and Djerba offer a different experience for your Tunisian stay. When hunger strikes, keep in mind that Tunisian food can be extremely spicy, and harissa sauce is served with nearly everything.