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Located at approximately twenty kilometres from Tunis, Sidi Bou Said is a quaint little town, perched on a cliff that dominates the archaeological site of Carthage and the Gulf of Tunis at the seaside.
In 1207, a mystique named Abou Said Khalafa Ben Yahya took residence on Djebel El Manar promontory, today Sidi Bou Said village, to be near the soldiers who were guarding the Gulf of Tunis and to meditate.

At his death, he was made a saint and Sidi Bou Said hill became
a place of spiritual significance, whose charm started attracting the bourgeoisie of Tunis who built luxurious and impressive houses, as early as the 17th century.


The international notoriety of the village was established as soon as 1912 when an English baron built a sumptuous palace there. Sidi Bou Said, then, became a place of rest and inspiration for numerous artists, musicians and writers such as Chateaubriand, Gustave Flaubert, Alfonse de Lamartine, Andre Gide, Colette, Simone de Beauvoir…

Overhanging the Gulf of Tunis, Sidi Bou said is a veritable marvel of architecture with its immaculate whiteness and windows blinds of typical shade of blue.

The undeniable atmosphere that one feels in the village and its narrow winding streets, exuding nostalgia and a sense of spirituality, gives its visitor the feeling that he is rambling through the streets outside of time. s

The quasi bewitching narrow streets might lead you as far as Dar El Annabi, a house of some fifty rooms that was built in the 18th century. Dubbed “Palace of a thousand and one nights”, it is, today, a museum where works of art and object of Arab-Muslim style are exhibited.

The one attraction not to be missed in Sidi Bou Said is definitely is its cafés that have been the meeting places of artists for over a century. The two most famous cafés of Sidi Bou Said are the bulrush mats café and Sidi Chabaane café. The latter will, no doubt, dazzle you with the most enchanting sunset over the Gulf of Tunis.

At the foot of the red-ochre cliff, spreads Sidi Bou Said marina and its cafés and restaurants that serve local specialities.

Your last stop-over can be Ennejma Ezzahra Palace where you can listen to the spellbinding music of the Arab and Mediterranean music centre that is cocooned in the middle of a jasmine and bougainvillea-planted garden.

This palace also boasts a rich and beautiful collection of manuscripts, paintings and carpets...


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