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Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said

1. Rue Habib Thameur

2. Private streets

3. Where all tourists end up

4. Near the sea


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Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Sidi Bou said is one of those tourist traps that retains its charm no matter how many loud tourists walk the streets. Sidi Bou Said is really just the one main road, going up the hill, ending in many fantastically situated cafés overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and the marina of Sidi Bou Said. connected to this one streets are short alleyways, some courtyards. Everything is well-kept with whitewashed walls and blue doors, windows and intricate metalworks. Streets have some vendors, selling handicrafts or sweets, but their business seems to run well, and they keep a low profile, as they have understood that keeping the atmosphere up is the best way of marketing.
There are not very many things to do in Sidi Bou Said, the beach is crammed by sex-exploring young boys, making a swim for a woman here virtually impossible. The marina is quite good, and walking around you pass a couple of yachts big as houses. The stairs going down from the mountain where the village itself lies, goes through green and luscious vegetation, but is sadly destroyed by litter. The best thing to do here, though, is relaxing in one of the nice cafés.

By Tore Kjeilen