Top 500 places to visit before you die (P.57) Sidi Bou Said: The beautiful town in Mediterranean


( With its white buildings, blue doors, wrought-iron windows, cobbled alleys and gardens overflowing with bougainvillea and other colorful flowers, and an ever-pleasant scent of jasmine Sidi Bou Said is easily the prettiest, most picturesque seaside town in Tunisia.

Sidi Bou Said was founded in 1207, when the Sufi teacher Abu Said el Baji settled in the area, soon followed by people who followed his preaching. He is believed to have protected Tunis from attacks coming from the sea, and his tomb – partially destroyed by a fire in 2012 – is still a place for pilgrimage.


The village became known as an artist’s hub in the 18th century when musicians and writers moved there to follow the Husainid dynasty, which decided to establish itself there.

Sidi Bou Said is characterized by the importance and richness of its cultural heritage. Its marabout, ceremonies, celebrations using Malouf music, its repertoire of classical music, and its annual festival, are among the best known in Sidi Bou Said and in Tunisia.


Now a popular weekend destination for wealthy Tunisians, artists, and local families, Sidi Bou Said sits on the Bay of Tunis, right on the shores of the Mediterranean. People go there to enjoy the beach, the shisha cafes, the light breeze, and the peaceful atmosphere that is a much-needed break from the chaos of the capital.


The town of Sidi Bou Said Tunisia has the typical beauty of the Mediterranean land with many houses painted white, adorned with blue windows, and colorful bougainvillea. That makes many people impressed when they have the opportunity to be here. In the town, there are also brick roads built in the 12th creating an interlaced network. Those roads will sometimes make visitors a bit surprised because it is easy to get lost, but the beauty of walking around the town brings indescribable excitement.


At the bottom of a steep road, you will find a nice beach that is perfect for a day in the sun, and where you can find anything to make your day more comfortable – sun beds, umbrellas, etc – as well as fun. You can enroll in all sorts of water sports, including windsurfing.


In the afternoon, many tourists go to cafes to watch the sunset over the sea. Coming here, you will be able to see the jade-green water ripples gently patting the shore at the foot of the hill.

According to the Internet

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