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Sidi Bou Said

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Sidi Bou Said is a village in Tunisia.

entrance to the top
A window at Sidi Bou Said

Get in

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.

Get around

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.

See

roofs
The family house courtyard
Outdoor dining
  • The white houses with blue roofs and windows, unique to this village, perched on a hill, with an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea and the Bay of Tunis.
  • Family House. An old house turned into a museum, showing the traditional life of an 18th century Tunisian lawyer. Privately owned and maintained by his descendants, it's well worth the visit. To your left when you enter the village.
  • The Café des nattes A typical arabic coffee shop, where you might meet André Gide's ghost(a famous french writer in the early 20th century):

Do

Buy

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.

Eat

  • Au Bon Vieux Temps 56 rue Hedi Zarrouk, tel: +216 71744733. Romantic with great view from the terrace. Mains TND 12.

Drink

Sleep

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.

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