Is blue your favorite color? Then schedule your visit to Tunisia. More precisely in the architectural paradise called Sidi Bou Said, known for its brilliant blue- white color combination spread all over the city. These colors are in stark contrast to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, transporting the visitor into a truly magical scenery.
Sidi Bou Said is located near Tunis the capital of the country - which is Tunisia's largest city - and also near Hammamet, one of the most visited cities of this African state. If you're staying in Tunis, then TGM train will take you to Sidi resort, as is is located on the route Tunis - La Marsa.
The city bears the name of a prominent Muslim religious figure, Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia el Beji Ettamini, who lived in this place. Today, Sidi has gained the reputation of a city sought after by artists, the place where they even stayed throughout life, more or less; names such as Paul Klee, Gustave-Henri Jossot, August Macke, Saro Lo Turco and Louis Moillet are just a few. Most artists now living in Sidi belongs to Tunis painting school.
Currently, Sidi Bou Said is not the regular tourist destination where you go and stay a week in the sun (though you can try it). Here, the experience is more complex and tourists who arrive in Hammamet are invited to visit the nearby town. And once they get there they will climb the cobbled streets to get to see the beaches near Tunis and the emerald sea right from the Bou Kornine Mountain top. They will sip a cup of mint tea at Café des Nattes (the source of inspiration for the painting Café Maura by August Macke) or continue the way up to the lighthouse for a new exceptional panorama offered by the Sidi Chebaane café.
During summertime, Malouf concerts (traditional Tunisian music) are being organized, which attracts both locals and tourists.
Also, the former Palace of Baron d'Eralanger has been transformed into a museum and visitors can admire the splendor of Arabian nights in the “Palace of the Stars of Venus ". Also there are small shops where you can buy souvenirs and antiques or handicrafts but Tunisian artists and silver jewelry. Art lovers can visit the nearby galleries filled with works of Tunisian and international artists.
At the foot of the rocks there is the harbor of Sidi Bou Said, a modern marina area, which is full of restaurants and hotels. The tour can be completed with a visit to La Marsa and Gammarth, located nearby, where there are beautiful beaches with a vivid and colorful atmosphere. While in the area, make sure you’re not missing Saf-Saf Café in La Marsa, where a white camel is drawing with water from the middle of a fountain (you will understand in once you see it with your own eyes).
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