The Carthaginian then the Romans would have used the heights of what is now Sidi Bou Saïd to establish a fire tower serving as a lighthouse for the sailors.

In the XIth century, the heights of the village were chosen by the Almoravides for the defense of the northeastern coast of Tunisia. Watchtowers and fire towers were built there.

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At the beginning of 2014, the " when one earth " website ranked Sidi Bou Saïd 13th, among the most charming villages in the world due to its palette of colours, stressed by the blue shades of the sky and the Mediterranean Sea.

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The city of Sidi Bou Said today counts a population of 4800 inhabitants.

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