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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Yasmine is new built Medina and amusement park, situated in the hotels area of Hammamet. In front of the main antrance there are statues of Hanibal and his troops riding on elephantes. It is well known scene from the history of Carthage when Hanibal acrossed the Alps with elephants, ataccing Rome, known as "Hanibal ante portas".
The main square of the ground floor in Medina with couple of good cafe-bars and restaurants. The buildings around the square are reconstructions of ancient Carthage and its glory. From this point you enter into the huge amusement park or new Medina with lots of shops.
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.
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.
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.
There is a market fair is hammamet once a week and this is the place where to go. There is a lot of local food and vegetables sold there and they also sell sheeps and lambs. This is colorful, with lots of people.
So can also buy soap made with olive oil cheaper than in western europe.
Before visitig Tunusia I have heard that in almost all cities there is an old Town called Madina and Most of the Tourist shops were there..
I have visited Hammamet city and in the centre there was the madina waiting for me.. Madina has been built inside a big castle, with local houses inside and tourists shops. After the first hassles of the shopowners in the entrance, we keep on walking. Narrow roads, local houses and wonderful doors are worth to see. Some roads are adjacent to high castle walls and these brownish walls are looking lovely.. Almost every house has its own style of doors and they look pretty nice. While walking on the roads, we have looked inside of some houses through their windows, there you can see the lovely Tunusian style of houses.
If you follow the arrows you can make a full round trip at Madina around half to one hour, depending on the period you stay at shops.. I would advice you not to shop inside Madina unless you found a very special item. Shopping is quiet tireding and you feel yourself beaten by the shopowners.. The prices vary so much that in every item you think to buy, you feel being ripped off..
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.