Locally referred to as 'The Marina', Port Yasmine is home to many boats of all shapes and sizes if not permanently, then for a little while.
It's not huge, but there's plenty to look at. There are restaurants on one side of the walk-way which are all pretty reasonable in price from the menu's I looked at. Their owners/staff try their hardest to get you in for a drink, but a polite 'No' did the trick for my sister and I.
You'll find signs promoting your safety by the water in French and English. Also, the water is full of small fish!
There are 'Pirate' ships at the far end of the marina which you can get close enough to look at but not board, as there are comapnies that offer trips out on the ships which you can purchase just as you enter the marina.
Whist walking over the bridge towards the 'Pirate' ships, you get a great view of the sea - it was a little choppy when I observed it!!
Walking a little further away from the marina, there are a few shops with beautiful wares. Nearly everything painted is hand-painted and I couldn't just walk by - my eyes engaged my brain and I took pleasure in what I saw!
Enjoyed a walk around the medina area on the seafront. Didn't venture inside the medina itself (had a couple of beers and didn't need the hassle!)
It's a pleasant and interesting place to explore and well worth a visit.
A ten minute or so taxi ride from Hammamet, Friday morning is market day in Nabeul. Here is a chance to buy all those things you cannot do without! Expect plenty of pretty good natured banter from the stall holders, every one of them wants you to look at his goods!
Enjoyed ourselves here!
A brand new part of town, many shops, restaurants and hotels here as well as the marina. I guess it could be anywhere in the world, it didn't feel like the rest of Hammamet that we saw.
Still it's worth a visit for an hour or two if you like this sort of thing, pleasant enough.
The medina in Hammamet is very beautiful, though somewhat small. Of course, the shop owners are a little pushy and really want you to come into their shops; you have to be persistent, say thank you and pass your way. If you're a woman, you will hear comments such as "nice ass". People are not mean, though.
You can visit a fort in the medina, which is interesting to see.
The medina is located next to the beach, so you can just walk on the beach to get there. This is what we did; staying at the Bel Air, it took us well over an hour to get there, but it was fun.
The narrow streets of the old medina next to the old fort next to the sea of old Hammamet (as none of these tips are referring to 'new' package tour commercial Hammamet about 5 km away!!) are great to roam - with loads of photogenic doors and entrance ways to little houses and shops to be found - decorated with colourful bouginvillea or art work and such.
this place is well worth a visit as its still set in the original old medina that served the fort - no matter what people say about Hammamet being touristy - they most likely havent even been in to see these interesting lane ways nor around the fort and the walkway beside the sea - too busy out getting the impression that Hammamet is only the huge package tour hotels and complexes for tourists who just want to lie on the beach and have english breakfasts or find a good pub!
This is an interesting defense to make a visit to - check out the layout of the fort and also go up the stairways to the varying levels - there are excellent views of course from the walls - over the sea and over the narrow lanes of the medina with its shops and little houses - and then of course get excellent views of old Hammamets famous white beaches.
Up the top of the fortress is a small cafe - a nice place to sit and let the waiter serve you freshly squeezed orange juice or a good coffee to keep you going.
Beautiful house in large gardens beside the sea, great to wander off, lovely house made of marble and Art DEco, enclosing a pool. Stylish and artistic and cultural. with history - Winston Churchill and Rommel used to come stay here - huge ampitheatre with the sea as the background for all sorts of classy entertainment and now they use it of course for the annual Hammamet Festival.
Beautiful gardens and grounds - well worth visiting - well a must really to see history and prestigiously regarded architecture!
Now the Hammamet International Cultural Centre.
With 'great excitement' this beautiful building appeared in the movie with Meryl Streep that Ive just been watching called 'Plenty'! Much of the house and its beauty is seen in the movie!
We hired a car with a driver to go to Carthage for the day which was a top moved because the sites are very spread out/sprawling; we were driven from one site to the next which in the unrelenting midday heat of the sun was a blessing (especially as we were travelling with small children.
Carthage was at one time the 3rd largest Roam city in the Empire and the ruins are rather impressive, especially the Thermes D'Antonin. Musee National de Carthage is worth a visit and will help you understand more about Carthage.
Nabeul is only a bus ride away and it is where every tourist will no doubt end up at some point. If you want to buy ceramics, whilst possibly a little more pricey (because of its tourist draw) than more off the beat ceramic selling places, you are guarenteed to find what you are looking for. The rule of the day in Nabeul is to haggle hard. It will annoy the sellers who all think you are financially loaded but it will prevent you from being ripped off.
It is very easy to do a day trip from here to &l[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/e0453/224b87/]Tunis and very well worth it too. There really weren't many tourists in Tunis which was very refreshing and it is a very interesting place. I thoroughly recommend it.
When you walk through the French gates it is more than possible that you may get people trying to be your unofficial tour guide. We did, we actually used him and it cost us 2 extremely cheap tenny tiny perfumes one of which was a lime oil - a drop in hot water and my sinuses were gone... so for us it turned out to be a smart move. However, there were a couple of monets when I thought we were getting lost in the medina and I wondered....
Best thing is to make out you know what you are doing - do not hesitate for a split second because their keen eyes are trained to spot that!!
Hammamet is great if you want both, relaxing on the beach and sight-seeing. It's not far away from Tunis where you can get by train. Visiting Carthage is a must even though there is not much left of it. A bus tour round the Cap Bon gives you the chance to see the beautiful scenery. If you are more adventurous, you can go on a 2 or 3 days bus tour throus the south of Tunisia.
Next to the medina and overlooking the sea is an old fort that is worth having a look round for a small price. Great views and there's also a little place at the top to stop and have a refreshing drink.
Getting yourself lost in the maze of the medina was good fun. Lots of shops to haggle in and buy souvenirs. The shops owners can hassel you a bit but they are only trying to get you into their shops to make a bit of money so shouldn't get too uptight about it.
These are examples of typical houses and streets in Tunisia. Streets are small and narrow, often with houses without windows on the street side because their religion beliefs. Houses often have inside garden and the rooms look on that side of the house.