Sidi Bou Said Travel Guide

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    A very primitive bazaar
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Sidi Bou Said Things to Do

  • Dar el Annabi

    This is large and sumptuous 18th century Tunisian house, with 55 rooms (although you don't see most of these).The grandfather of the present owner was a mufti (religious leader), his son a government minister, the present owner a cardiologist with an artist wife (you can see some of her work displayed inside). A large chunk of the house is now a...

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  • Ennejma Ezzahra ~ Home of Baron...

    As you can see from previous tips and photos, one of the unique features of Sidi Bou Said is its white-washed buildings paired with intense blue accents on doors, scrolled ironwork, and other architectural accents. Many have compared Sidi Bou Said's appearance to that of Santorini, Greece, and it is not difficult to see the remarkable resemblance....

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  • Wander the narrow streets!

    We only had an afternoon so the most we could do is just wander the city trying to explore each narrow cobblestone street and where it would end up. The village is so beautiful and at each corner we saw the most beautiful view. As you climb the city, the outdoor merchants wane and it becomes more peaceful and quiet. There are so beautiful outdoor...

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  • Lighthouse viewpoint.

    After climbing the cobblestone main street and turning left at the end of the street (a hard walk) you will find the lighthouse, a great place to enjoy the beautiful green-blue colors of the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • Café Sidi Azizi.

    I really enjoyed the time i spent in this cafe located at the main entrance of town under a big fortress looking building.There were few tourists here, most of the customers were the drivers and the guides having tea and smoking waiting for the travellers.

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  • Mediterranean views.

    The town is set up on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and the Mediterranean Sea. It has a small Marina and a nice beach, the only bad thing, the hordes of tourists.

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Sidi Bou Said Hotels

  • Dar Said

    Very nice people run the hotel Nice, picturesque town Near Carthage archeological sites Internet...

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  • Hotel Sidi Bou Fares

    15 rue Sidi Bou Fares, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Amilcar

    Huge complex, in summer deals with package tour tourists, we stayed there as it was cheaper than the...

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Sidi Bou Said Restaurants

  • Expect to pay tourist prices.......

    .....because you will. This cafe is on the main drag up to the village centre, and is a popular stop for coach drop-offs and pick-ups. So it charges tourist prices for what is, in effect, a captive audience. A Coke will cost you 4 dinars (2GBP), an espresso 3 (1.5 GBP).It's clean, it has clean toilets, there are tables inside and out and the staff...

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  • Extra Ordinery View Plus Great Food!!

    The terrace is so pleasant, the food is so good you don't want to leave the place! The restaurant is also famous for being visited by celebrities, from lady Chirac to Nelson Mandela. Stakes are a good choice, if you're visiting Tunisia don't miss Sidi Bou Said and don't miss eating in this place.

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  • Three Star Restaurant

    The Au Bon Vieux Temps was another restaurant where taking a picture of its sign (Obviously an old French Name) was as close as I got to finding out about it. Once again there just was no time to enjoy a meal in this beautiful town. Au Bon Vieux Temps is one of possibly 3 or 4 Sidi Bou Said restaurants of which there is some mention to be found on...

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  • Rave Reviews for Food & Superb Views

    Our half-day included a stop at Sidi Bou Said's medina or old town, and ended all too soon with a short walk up one of the main shopping streets. Just where we stopped I saw the sign for Dar Zarrouk. There was a small door cut-out in a large arched double-door all of which lead to a walled courtyard. Menus were displayed in little glassed-in cases...

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  • Popular Sidi Bou Said Cafe

    Cafe des Nattes is in a good location in the square at the top of the main street in Sidi Bou Said. It's a little bit overpriced and overcrowded but quite a nice place nonetheless. There aren't too many cafes in the town and most people usually end up here or in Cafe Sidi Chabaane.

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  • Cafe with the great view

    Our guidebook claimed Sidi Chabaane was the best cafe in Sidi Bou Said, as it was less well-known and less busy than Cafe des Nattes. I think they need to update this advice as it was very crowded when we visited. Like Sidi Bou Said, the cafe has a perfect location, built into the cliffs with a lovely view over the Gulf. And just like Sidi Bou...

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Sidi Bou Said Transportation

  • rent a car from Tunis

    Rent a car from Tunis so you are free to see the sights at will, stop here, stop there, take a photo here or there. Such as stopping for coffee at any of the huge eating and entertainment complexes along the lake and relax along the waters edge,Excellent seafood restaurants at La Gollette along the way, and of course the very spread out but must...

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  • From Tunis to Sidi Bou Said

    IF you don't have your own transport the best way to get to Sidi Bou Said is on the TGM train from Tunis, a journey which takes about 30 minutes. The station in Tunis is just beyond the Tunis Marine metro station beside the Lake, it costs about 1.5 Dinar for a single ticket and the trains leave frequently throughout the day.The train is extremely...

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  • From and to Tunis

    Since the tourist area of Sidi Bou Saïd is a pedestrian zone and the surrounding parkings are usually overcrowded, the best way to visit if you are staying in Tunis is to take the TGM (suburb train line).The 35 to 40-minute ride from Tunis Marine station to Sidi Bou Saïd costs approximately 1 dinar, which is very cheap. Sidi Bou Saïd station is...

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Sidi Bou Said Shopping

  • If You Like Shopping, You'll Love Sidi...

    Many people do not like to shop, especially while on vacation. But, I admit I love it especially on vacation! As you may already know, I am particularly fond of postcards, but l just love finding things to buy which are representative of the people and the country I am visiting and hopefully something they created themselves.The town of Sidi Bou...

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  • The shops street a.k.a. tourist trap!

    The main street of Sidi Bou Said is fullfilled of shops where the seller (as everywhere else in Tunisia as in the Medina) will try to sell you whatsoever. Keep in mind that here the prices are pretty high, so if you like some stuff, then you must bargain. Do not listen on them telling that the price is convenient or whatever they would say...just...

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  • Birdcages

    I heard about its famous birdcages before my travel. I do not know if you like birds in your home but birdcages were realy good looking with blue and white colours. Prices start from USD10 and change according to material quality, design and volume.

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Sidi Bou Said Local Customs

  • The doors

    Like everywhere else in Tunisia, I was most attracted by the doors of the houses which are of exceptional beauty. Most of the doors are carefully painted with predominant light and blur colour. Those in rich houses are often adorned with stone portal.

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  • Traditional Costumes and Wedding...

    While visiting Dar al Annabi, you can travel through the history and join a wedding ... Waxworks and designs are very successful.

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  • Visiting Mosques

    Many countries, including Tunisia, are predominantly Muslim, so the religious sites you are most likely to encounter, are, predictably, mosques. This is a brief tip of advice, written from the point of view of a non-Muslim, female traveler (yours truly!!!):- Do dress modestly, covering arms, legs, shoulders and the like, no frivolous dressing will...

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Sidi Bou Said Warnings and Dangers

  • Shopkeepers in Sidi Bou Said

    As we were walking up to the main square of the town we were approached by lots of shop keepers who were trying to sell their products to the large crowds in the street. We were quite used to this type of behaviour and it was easy enough to brush off. However, we saw a number of tourists stop at shops to look at things and when they tried to leave...

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  • bargain

    being there for the shopping thing, and as u can read and know about it in any travelling site, the bargain is the real deal here. if u like that kind of buying this isn't really a danger tip. just a small warning of how u should deal with it. first don't feel very interested in any item what so ever if u don't wanna buy. if u do, ask for the...

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  • Sidi Bou Said Hotels

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Sidi Bou Said Tourist Traps

  • Don't get ripped off

    The market at the base of Sidi Bou Said is fun to shop in, but beware of the merchants being overly pushy. They wouldn't let up! If you so as much as look at something they will follow you and pester you with negotiations until you get out of the market. It is fun to shop in the market- if you like something than negotiate. Stick to what you want...

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  • enticing knick knacks and handicrafts

    lots of stuff for sale, colourful souvenirs, ceramics, rugs and carpets, tiles, stuffed camels - but lots at over rated prices, try and haggle a bit.bought a rug - bought lots in morocco etc - and they tried to tell me they were 120-200 years old!! come on do i look that stupid!!i did buy one i liked, with lots of intricate weaving or embroidery -...

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  • Shopping, a.k.a. BARGAIN!!!

    The main street of Sidi Bou Said is fullfilled of shops where the seller (as everywhere else in Tunisia as in the Medina) will try to sell you whatsoever. Keep in mind that here the prices are pretty high, so if you like some stuff, then you must bargain. Do not listen on them telling that the price is convenient or whatever they would say...just...

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Sidi Bou Said What to Pack

  • Fighting the Heat - Part I

    Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:- Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of...

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  • Don't forget to bring your camera!

    Wear comfortable shoes,not heels.The streets are all cobblestoned Like everywhere in Tunisia,lots of sunscreen Under no circumstances,DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERA....and lots of film too!

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Sidi Bou Said Off The Beaten Path

  • The Ruins of Carthage

    In close proximity to Sidi Bou Said are the magnificent, preserved ruins of Carthage. Site of Punic War battles, the ruins of Carthage are a testament to part the Romans played in the history of this North African country. Carthage is also noted as the birth place of Hannibal.So great was the importance of this Phoenician-founded city of Carthage...

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  • La Goulette

    Our ship docked in La Goulette, a medium-sized town on the Bay of Tunis and an important fishing port. Althougth the name seems to be French, one source says that the name is actually derived from the Arabic, "Halk El Oued" meaning "river mouth."La Goulette appeared to be a somewhat prosperous place due probably to its strategic sea location, the...

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  • North Africa American Cemetery

    We had really hoped to visit the American Cemetery while in Tunisia, but didn't think we had a prayer of being able to actually do it. We had already booked a half day tour which didn't include the cemetery. However, near the end of our tour, our wonderful guide had our bus driver make a half hour stop at the cemetery which was an unexpected joy!!...

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Sidi Bou Said Favorites

  • Money Matters

    The local currency is the Dinar. American Express, Visa and travellers cheques are widely accepted, and the US dollar is a good currency to carry them in. ATMs are found in almost every town large enough to support a bank and certainly in all the tourist areas. Credit cards are accepted in souvenir shops and upmarket hotels and restaurants.

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  • The Blue Doors of Sidi Bou Said

    I liked the bright doorways of the houses in Sidi Bou Said. Doorways in Tunisia in general, and in Sidi Bou Said in particular are far more ornamental and elegant than your regular western style door. Most are blue though occasionally you come across a different colour. The coloured doors looked great against the white walls.

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  • Nice Panorama

    Do not miss the views from roof... Interaction between man, environment and architecture was great. I am realy impressed from that harmony.

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