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The setting is idyllic and the houses and streets are very beautiful but Sidi Bou Said is just far too touristy. I imagine 30 years ago this would have been a much nicer spot but since it's been "discovered", it's appeal has, in my opinion, greatly diminished.

Sidi Bou Said lies in a beautiful region, in the northern suburbs of Tunis, beyond the ancient ruins of Carthage, overlooking the Gulf of Tunis. It's a very popular day trip with both locals and tourists and as a consequence the town has become very visitor oriented. In a bad way. If you are luckier than us and manage to visit on a quiet day, I imagine it's a very enjoyable place to explore.

The town started as a small settlement around the tomb and Zaouia of Sidi Bou Said, a 13th century holy man. It's now the one of the most posh and most exclusive places to live in Tunisia.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great location overlooking the gulf
  • Cons:Too many tourists, too many souvenir shops
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful but spoiled
  • Last visit to Sidi Bou Said: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Nice rooftop & viewpoint vistas. That's a funny tactic employed by the traders - putting things in your hand & then demanding pymt :)

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    The city appears to be a very bright, colorful, & active place. It seems as though it would be right up my alley.

  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    This place looks so lovely. How disappointing to note it's now so touristy. The blue doors are stunning, I agree.

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2006 at 7:30 AM

    I've been here its a pretty place


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