Based on a cove on the Cap Bon Peninsula, Hammamet is a wonderful resort town in Tunisia. With its sandy beaches, the town is the definite top place to go to enjoy amazing holidays near the sea. Furthermore, Hammamet is perfectly placed as a base to explore the rest of Cap Bon’s tourist attractions and, with its pretty well-preserved Medina and all its other sites of interest, has a lot more to give than simply swimming and enjoying water sports on the beach. From the well-known Jasmine you can find all over the region to the many interesting buildings and natural wonders of the area, you’ll find plenty of things to fulfill your Tunisian vacations. In this article, we’ll look at 8 things to do to fully enjoy your stay in this beautiful part of Tunisia.
Hammamet’s maze of narrow and winding lanes of the town’s Medina is surrounded by an original 15th-century wall and is home to many well-preserved traditional Tunisian architectures. You’ll enjoy walking through the alleyways, losing yourself across the many shops and little markets (with local embroidery, ceramics, leather goods, carpets, etc). This is the perfect location for a walk into the traditional Tunisian daily life.
Address: Route De La Medina Yasmine, Hammamet 8056, Tunisia
Website: Hammamet’s Medina
2. Archaeological remains of Pupput
Located roughly 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) northwest of Hammamet, Pupput (Souk el-Abiod) is a Roman archaeological site worth visiting while being around the area. There you’ll enjoy contemplating at aqueducts parts, cisterns, some edifices with mosaics, and baths of this old village’s ruins. It’s actually the Hammamet’s first settlement (the name of the city of Hammamet comes from the Arabic hammam, meaning “bath”).
Archaeological remains of Pupput
Address: Hammamet, Tunisia
3. Hammamet Cultural Centre (Villa Sebastian)
Housed in the sumptuous Villa Sebastian in Hammamet’s southern area, the Cultural Centre is a beautiful former villa, transformed nowadays into a lively cultural center hosting many events such as the Hammamet International Festival of Music and Drama which is one festival not to be missed. The place is also a good location for those interested in history and architecture and will please many visitors.
Hammamet Cultural Centre (Villa Sebastian)
Address: 97 Avenue de l'ONU, C28, Hammamet Sud 8050, Tunisia
Hammamet’s 13th-century Kasbah is a place worth visiting specifically for its interesting museum inside, which explains Hammamet’s colorful pirate lair history and Spanish occupation. More than its historical interests, you’ll also enjoy there climbing up to the ramparts for magnificent views across the Medina and the picturesque fishing harbor, making the place a nice hotspot for sightseeing and pictures.
Address: Hammamet, Tunisia
Website: Hammamet’s Kasbah (in French)
Edged by a long sandy beach extending around the Gulf of Hammamet and surrounded by intensively cultivated agricultural land, Nabeul is the Cap Bon Peninsula’s largest town. From its Friday market featuring a vast choice of fresh produce, its craft-making centre, potteries, plaited mats, and textiles, to the Archaeological Museum (an excellent introduction to the history of Cap Bon with exhibits of Punic and Roman finds from local excavation sites), you’ll definitely spend a great day-out in this lively city.
Address: Nabeul, Tunisia
6. The Punic Ruins of Kerkouane
One of the top attractions for history lovers in the area, the site of Kerkouane is thought to have been settled by the Phoenicians from the 6th-century BC, long before the well-known Carthage area. Razed to the ground by the Romans during the Third Punic War, this village of fishermen and dyers has never been rebuilt (remaining preserved and intact through the ages). Here, you’ll contemplate some great testimonies of streets and foundations of ancient buildings.
While strolling through the site you’ll travel back in time and gaze at numerous marble-floored houses, red and white mosaic decoration, drainage channels, etc, which will show you how advanced the infrastructure of that time was. For the hard-core history lovers, an additional small museum beside the excavation site illustrates the history of Kerkouane and the archaeological work that has been carried out there since 1966. This might be one of the most important places to go after Carthage while looking for historical sites in Tunisia.
Punic Ruins of Kerkouane
Address: Kerkouane, Tunisia
Website: Punic Ruins of Kerkouane
Frequented since Roman times (known as Aquae Calidae Carpitanae), the hot springs of Korbous is a great place to go to enjoy a leisure day out. Rich in minerals, you’ll enjoy being cured by the water here (said to be one of the best treatments for many health problems). Additionally to Korbous, you’ll also find Hamma el Atrous springs and its wonderful setting, with pools cascading down into the sea and steaming temperatures. This is a great place to go for a leisure trip and a relaxing day out from Hammamet.
Address: Korbous, Tunisia
8. The city's beaches
As every resort town, Hammamet has been gifted with beautiful sandy beaches and warm crystal clear sea, where you’ll definitely experience the “Tunisian chill out” while sunbathing on the beach nearby the several beach hotels. You can also stroll along the endless sand stretches covering the shore and gaze at the old town view from the beach. A perfect place to enjoy your sunny vacations here.
Address: Hammamet, Tunisia
Website: Hammamet’s beaches
Enjoy the Tunisian resort town!
Hammamet is well-known all over Tunisia and you’ll know why with these 8 great things to do around the city! From sandy beaches to archeological settlements, passing by cultural attractions, you’ll spend a fulfilling vacation all over this lovely resort town!
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