The beach resort of Hammamet is situated on a beautiful arc of golden sand just 40 miles from the capital city of Tunis. Its sands are backed by a band of cypress trees which hides the low-rise development behind them and keeps the views just as they should be. This ancient fishing port was built around a charming little walled medina that today harbours ornamental mosques boutiques and craft workshops. It’s a delight to stroll around and engage in a little haggling on your way back from the beach. You can take a ride on a camel to the beach to channel your inner Bedouin or you could choose to ride out to George Sebastien’s 1920s villa which now functions as a cultural centre with an open-air theatre.
Hammamet – One of the things that set the town itself apart is its emphasis on gardens and greenery. The scent of jasmine lingers in the air cypress trees offer welcome shadeolive groves skirt the town and everywhere there are citrus trees. It is proudly known as the ‘Garden Resort’ for obvious reasons. There are plenty of cultural attractions too: explore the bronze statues archaeological sites ancient pottery and history museums to learn more about the region.
Hammamet Beach – The long arc of golden sands and crystal-clear blue waters offers you the idyllic place to relax or try your hand at watersports such as paragliding or jet skiing. You can book a romantic cruise and enjoy the coastal views as you wine and dine your loved one. You may want to try your hand at a spot of deep sea fishing – there are plenty of lively restaurants and bars along the bech where you can boast about the one that got away!
Tunis - The laid-back capital of Tunisia is a fascinating city to visit. Its new city is designed on a structured colonial grid and offers cafes and patisseries that line its boulevards. The 8th century Arabic medina however is a tangled maze of narrow streets crammed with artisans’ workshops and swarming souqs waiting to be discovered. Let yourself get lost and you are bound to find something interesting!
Carthage – Just beyond the centre of Tunis lie two very different treats. The ruins of the once magnificent Carthage sit now amidst the great white mansions of wealthy Tunis’ residents. The other attraction is the visual feast that is the cliff-top village of Sidi Bou Saïd: this so inspired Paul Klee and August Macke and it continues to inspire visitors today.
Things to See in Hammamet
The small medina is a delight to behold with the scent of jasmine and citrus fruits lingering in the air as you browse the boutiques and workshops. The beach is picture-perfect and backed by cypress trees which no buildings are allowed to be higher than. A trip to the capital of Tunis will reveal Sidi Bou Saïd the clifftop village that enchanted Paul Klee and is considered by most people to be one of the Mediterranean's prettiest.
Things to Do in Hammamet
A camel ride to the beach helps you channel your inner Bedouin yet the luxury service that awaits you there from nearby cafes and hotels may quickly help you forget it! Whether it’s a relaxing day in the sun with the occasional dip in the crystal-clear waters or the thrills and spills of paragliding jet-skiing or tubing that attract you you’ll find it readily available on the beach. Make a day trip to explore the Roman ruins in Tunis or to browse the shops and boutiques here. However for the full-on shopping experience a trip to the weekly artisan market at Nabeul is a must. Get haggling!