If you're staying in Hamammet, you should definitely go and visit old town of Hamammet, called Old Medina, or Medina Hamammet. It's a beautiful Medina with an amazing views. You can go and climb on the fort to see the whole Hamammet , you can take a walk around the walls of Medina and admire the sea view or you can go inside the Medina and go shopping. But be careful, the salesmen there are really pushy, agressive, and even rude. So, I reccomend sticking only to outside pars of Medina.
I first espied the Hammamet Nupty Train whilst we were travelling from the airport to our hotel. I thought "good grief, this is dreadful!"
2 weeks later and we were on a mission to get on that Numpty Train... and very fond memories of our first Numpty Train ride have I !
It was for our children (obviously!) that we went on it.
We were the only passengers and Andre Aggasi (the driver looked like a certain seeded tennis player) stuck his foot hard down on the gas (I don't know what speed these Numpty Trains reach when flat out, but it was definitely faster than the cyclists... actually to be fair it had a bit more Va Va Voom than one would have anticipated!). Careless of the potholes we zoomed up and down the streets of Hammamet and then we reached the roundabout - round and around and around...and around and around... and then around at least a few more times (possibly for luck?). Glory Days!!!!
Kids LOVED it.
You don't see any sights - it just collects from hotels and goes to town and then the same in reverse!
It's real name is "La Petit Train de Hammamet"
The charm is to wander aimlessly around the narrow streets of the medina. It is impossible to get lost in it. The streets are lined with shops and the atmosphere is very nice. The vendors have got all the usual lines such as "cheap as chips" and yes they do want you to go into their shops and spend your money but it is friendly and most pleasant.
There is a residential quarter which is unspoilt , attractive and absorbing.
The hotel that we stayed in arranged for trips, including to the safari park. It is only about 30mins by bus from the medina. Had heard that you could take a taxi and it may work out cheaper to do it on your own than going with the crowd (probably not saving a lot though).
The park itself was pretty good. Most of the animals have plenty of room to roam about and are in good shape. We got there very early and were the first there. Watch out for the park keepers taking pictures. Take plenty of change! I thought the guy was stealing my camera but he took it and jumped down into the cheetah enclosure, went right up to it and took a picture of it. Well worth the couple of dinar for great photo. By the time you get right round the park, I was getting a bit tired of the whole photo thing though. Ended paying well over the score for holding a goat, cos had no change and the guy wanted paid. Just a word of caution. All in all good 1/2 day out.
Medina is not just a market. If you are interested in the history of the city visit Kasbah (the citatel inside the medina). There are some texts about the history in Hammamet. Languages: German, English, French
Exploring the narrow streets leads you to discover interesting buildings with traditional features , like the blue doors and windows, balconys screen by meshrabiya , glorious plants etc. Lots of photo opportunities too.
Yasmine Hammamet is Tunisia’s newest resort. Situated just south of Hammamet, it is made up of predominantly four and five star luxury hotels. Built around a 740-berth marina, it recreates the style of many elegant resorts around the Mediterranean.
There is a sophisticated new medina, with luxurious boutiques, cafés and restaurants, theatres and museums and a fabulous residential complex.
The apartments within the site are the epitome of luxury and comfort and surround magnificent swimming pools.
Yasmine Hammamet is the perfect location for a holiday with a difference. Families can enjoy Carthage Land, a theme park with thrilling rides, and Blue Ice, the only ice rink in the country. Adults may choose to relax on the golf course in one of the many thalassotherapy centres, on miles of golden sandy beaches.
For visitors and Tunisians alike Hammamet is another word for vacations and its ritual of sun bathing on spotless beaches, the gasp of cool water on bronzed skin, dinner on the patio of a beachfront hotel , midnight swims, discos and watching the sun rise in the mirror of the sea. Hammamet, the "Tunisian Saint Tropez", is all this and more. Its a way of life, taking the time to relax , meet old friends and make new ones.It's fishermen in brightly painted boats setting out at dawn, the medina surrounded by its ramparts and crowned by an ancient fort overlooking the sea, fashionable boutiques where resplendent traditional tunics and caftans rival the shimmering sun. The Gulf of Hammamet shelters miles of fine sandy beaches, sparkling seas and modern hotels dedicated to the comfort a well being of their guests. A variety of sea sports, folklore, exhibitions, festivals and amusements are provided for an memorable vacation.
Outside of the official, quality and price, controlled Artisanat (handicraft) shops, where everything from carpets to birdcages bears a price tag, and carpets a stamp of origin and caliber, shopping in Tunisia is definitely an art. Located in the old city (the Medina), the Souks offer a selection of objects of unsurpassed beauty and distinction , excellent arts and craft and traditional work. at yasmine thou, the medina is very modern, built the last decade, but very charming.
When in Tunisia, going for the Sahara trip is a must! And I really mean it! You’ll have two days of absolutely unforgettable experience. Of course, it depends much on the tour guide and the agency you are going with but no matter what you’ll be out for unique and memorable impressions.
During our trip we saw El Jem coliseum, desert and mountain oasis, Salty desert lake, we saw people called troglodytes who dig holes in the ground an live there in order to hide from the hot summer temperatures, we saw where George Lucas built the home planet of young Luke Skywalker for the first Star Wars movies, we saw holy muslim city of Keruan, we were off for a 3 hours ride in jeeps, camel ride and many, many more.
Hereby I want to send a special thanks to our guide Toma (Argus), for passing so many interesting information and making this 1300 km trip worthwhile.
Hammamet has become the most visited sea-side town in Tunisia. It attracts many tourists from around Europe. It is not a typical Tunisian city. Don't be surprised if it takes you some time to see the locals. It is a great place to bring all the family. Best time to visit would be between late spring through autumn.
The only real landmark here is the Medina
In the medina there is a small private museum of traditional wedding clothes from around Tunisia. The exhibits are displayed within a typical town house and it is interesting to see the layout of one of these houses from the inside.
The ornate wedding clothes on display have been collected together by a Tunisian family. The highly decorated clothing and other exhibits offer a fascinating glimpse into the social history of Tunisia.
This very attractive tower, which is situated in the square on the second level of new Medina, is coloured in the traditional blue colour which dominates all over the Tunisian city landscapes. This part of Yasmine shows reconstructions of the Tunisian medieval architecture.
The second level of the new Medina is built in the traditional arabic style, very colourful and decorated with plenty of details you may see when strolling in the old cores of the Tunisian towns. It is probably the most attractive and the most interesting part of Yasmine Hammamet.
This is the main entrance into the amusement park, which is also situated on the central square of the new Medina. The gate is built in the style of ancient Carthage, with two huge elephants on each side and the Hanibal's soldiers riding on them.