Welcome to Sidi Bou Saïd
This village, laden with history and spirituality, crossing point of artists and writers, was recently ranked as one of the most charming villages in the world.
An unavoidable place
A must-visit visit for one who comes to Tunisia, it is also the gathering point of numerous Tunisians who come to enjoy a bambaloni.
He who did not walk in Sidi Bou Saïd's alleys cannot claim to know Tunisia.
Jasmin flowers and mint tea
Colors appear harmoniously at the corner of each street: the blue of the decorated doors, windows or moucharabiehs contrast with the spotless white of walls. The vegetation, the palm trees, pines and bougainvilleas, come to add green and red to this picture. Finally, the sky and the sea give a background finely-shaded by the changeable lights throughtout the day, all wrapped in the fragrances of the jasmine or the orange blossom.
In Sidi Bou Saïd, one has the feeling they are able to slow time down by enjoying a mint tea with pine nuts, seated in the terrace of one of the village's cafés. In the end, is not Sidi Bou Saïd the village of Delights?
Rym est une jeune tunisienne qui vient souvent à Sidi Bou Saïd avec ses amis pour profiter des paysages qu'offre le village et y boire un thé ou une citronnade. Grâce aux couleurs du soleil couchant, elle exprime par ses photos son attachement pour le village blanc et bleu.
From modest entrances to that of palaces, doors are often decorated, painted in blue and decorated with nails.
Composed of wooden parts, geometrically assembled, moucharabiehs protect windows and balconies from the sun and the strong heat of summer. The moucharabieh is built around windows or balconies in the Arabic or Southern European buldings and allows ventilating the room it decorates.
«When a stranger comes to La Marsa, everything tells him he is coming closer to the home of some Oriental sovereign. There is much animation around the palace :coaches of noble people, pulled by pricy horses or mules, driven by black people in oriental livery, officers, generals on horseback, servants of the prince, Moors in full regalia ; European consuls in their cars, foreigners, travelers, caravans of Arabs, Maltese, Jews ; or camels, muleters and teams of all kinds, who comes and go from Tunis to La Marsa.» Notice sur la Régence de Tunis – Henri Dunant – 1858