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Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

From series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
In the Northern part of Tunisia has placed a small city – Sidi Bou Said. One of its peculiarities is a great number of white coloured houses. All shutters, windows, door and signs are painted in deep blue. This town was established in the 12th century and became the destination of choice for wealthy Europeans in the 17th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, a famous French baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger bought a luxurious house there. Therefore, one legend says that he initiated to paint all townhouses in white-blue colours.

This tradition took roots and in 1915 there appeared the law about the building colour. Since that time all buildings must be in white, light blue or blue colours. Today the town is very popular among tourists. Walking on its terraces and streets you can see nooks of the town and take wonderful memorable photos. A central street is a lively place. There have placed shops with local production, outstanding handicraftsman's items, souvenirs.

Most houses that you can see today dated from the 13th century. At the main street, there are several art galleries where you can not only adore with the art but also buy the painting that you liked. Note that every door is decorated, that is one more peculiarity of this town. Notwithstanding that all doors are painted in light blue or blue colour, you won’t see the same doors. Apart from marvellous historical sightseeing this town has a great beach. To the beginning - Juzcar

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ATM bankomat: 'Sidi Bou Saïd' located in 0.24 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'UNI CAR' is located in 1.51 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Agil Sidi Bou Saïd' in 0.11 km
Supermarket: 'Deyma Dattes' in 0.12 km
Parking: 'Parking du marché municipale' in 0.09 km
Apotheek: 'Pharmacie Houissa' in 0.16 km
Police station: 'Marsa police station' in 1.7 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Tam Tam Restaurant' in 0.07 km
Railway station: 'Sidi-Bou-Said' in 0.02 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Carthage Airport TUN - in 10 km
 »  Habib Bourguiba Airport MIR - in 129 km
 »  Tabarka 7 Novembre Airport TBJ - in 130 km
 »  Pantelleria Airport PNL - in 144 km
 »  Vincenzo Florio Airport TPS - in 222 km
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Best hotels near Sidi Bou Said

La Villa Bleue

Located in 0 km from Sidi Bou Said
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Rooms: 13
Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning. Some rooms have a sea view. At La Villa Bleue you will … More: photo, rates and booking
Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis

Located in 3 km from Sidi Bou Said
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Rooms: 117
Each guest room at the Movenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis is equipped with free Wi-Fi access and satellite TV. Some rooms also offer views the Tunis Bay. … More: photo, rates and booking
Golden Tulip Carthage Residences

Located in 4 km from Sidi Bou Said
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Rooms: 136
The residence has 13 apartments and 123 studios which are all equipped with a private balcony and air conditoning. Golden Tulip Carthage Residences … More: photo, rates and booking
Dar El Yasmine

Located in 6 km from Sidi Bou Said
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Rooms: 3
The air-conditioned rooms and suites at Dar El Yasmine feature modern or traditional décor. They all include a satellite TV and a view of the … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Sidi Bou Said - Tunis

The capital of the country with the same name, this is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the world. The rest here is organized at the highest level - beautiful sea, spacious picturesque beaches, mild climate and high level of service wait for tourists from all over the world. All these factors make this resort simply perfect. Besides all these advantages there are numerous historical monuments and iconic places in Tunisia, visitors can always combine unhurried beach rest with interesting and entertaining excursions.

The majority of historic buildings here are also significant religious landmarks. Among the most notable places of interest of the region are the Great Mosque and Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum, which were built in the 10th century. Like the majority of ancient religious buildings, they are distinguished by luxurious design and elegant interior. Here visitors will see beautiful frescoes and mosaics, as well as rich colored marble decoration. Such old places as Dar Ben Abdallah and Dar el-Bey will be no less interesting to tourists. Both buildings were built in the 13th century. The halls of these buildings are decorated with luxurious furniture, and interior courtyards are decorated with antique statues and fountains.
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