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Area (sq km): 155,360
Population: 10,276,158
Nationality: Tunisian
Local Name: Tunis
Language: Arabic,
French
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 dinar = 1,000 millimes
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Tunis
Dialling Code: +216
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .tn
Religion: Muslim,
Christian
Climate: Mediterranean,
Hot desert
Government: Republic
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 7.30-11.00
14.00-16.15
Major Airports: Djerba(DJE),
Tunis(TUN)

Visit beautiful Sidi Bou Said

One of the most visited cities in Tunisia is one that people rarely stay in. Located so close to Tunis, Hammamat and Carthage, Sidi Bou Said is one of Tunisia’s loveliest cities, the Blue and White Village.

Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said is located up in the Bou Kornine Mountains. Built into the cliffs of the mountains, Sidi Bou Said offers its thousands of visitors glorious vistas of Tunisia’s east coast, the Bay of Tunis and the emerald Mediterranean Sea.

Sidi Bou Said is nicknamed the Blue and White Village. Its buildings are whitewashed with doors and shutters painted a bright blue hue. The paths through town are narrow and shaded and the people live much like they used to, especially the resident Berbers.

One of the best ways to enjoy an afternoon visiting Sidi Bou Said is to pull up a chair at either Café des Nattes or Sidi Chebaane Café, sip mint green tea and enjoy the beautiful views. During the balmy summer sunsets, malouf, Tunisia music, fills the air of the village. For an even more stunning look around make your way up to the lighthouse.

Where there are tourists, there are tourist shops. Travellers can buy just about any kind of tat and souvenir from the shops in Sidi Bou Said, but be wary as many of these ‘local handicrafts’ didn’t even come from Tunisia, let alone the village. Silver craft is a local trade and one of the region’s best crafts is anything carved from olive wood. While the shops are good, the souks are even better and very often are more fun!

While touring the Blue and White Village, be sure to drop in on the Baron’s Palace, now a brilliant museum featuring the “Palace of the Star of Venus.” Sidi Bou Said fancies itself an artist’s village and the art gallery really is a testament to this fact. The village port further down is more modern with hotels and nice restaurants.

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