Difference between revisions of "Sidi Bou Said"
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Sidi Bou Said is a village in Tunisia.
It is on the Tunis, Carthage TGM light rail line (station Sidi Bou Said). You may drive by car. Traffic is OK. There is free parking (uphill to the right), but may be overbooked on weekends. The best time to visit is early autumn or spring (March-early April/late October-November), before the assault of package tourists begins, when you can still walk alone on the narrow streets, around white-blue traditional houses, enjoying the views. If you visit during the summer months, it is advisable to visit the emptier inner parts of the neighborhood, not only the jam-packed tourist main street.
The village is quite small, and you can visit every street of the village in no more than two-three hours. On the top of the hill there is a beautiful view of the surrounding bay.
Like many other Arab settlements around the world, Sidi Bou Said has a small souk year round, selling basic commodities for the locals. In addition, during tourist seasons, souvenir stalls litter the lower part of the main street of the village. A traditional product manufactured in Sidi Bou Said are bird cages, colored in white and blue, like the roofs of the village. Don't forget to haggle.
There is no permanent accommodation in Sidi Bou Said. You can easily find hotel rooms in nearby Tunis or Carthage. Additionally, if really lucky, you might be able to rent a room for a night or two in a house, from a resident of the village. However, this is quite rare, since the locals are quite rich, and rarely have any interest in sharing their home with total strangers.