Hammamet
 

The StoryMaker Camp 2016 will take place in the beautiful city of Hammamet. Read here what this small town has to offer. 

The city of Hammamet today is a sophisticated holiday resort, known for its perfect sweep of beach, ancient and exciting medina, healing mineral baths and renowned hotels. Once a sleepy fishing village, Hammamet (meaning ‘the baths’) was awakened to its tourist potential back in the 1920s when a flock of wealthy American and European’s decided to make it their playground.

The city is the first touristic destination in Tunisia. Before 1960, it used to be a quiet small village. After the independence of Tunisia, it became a touristic area attracting many celebrities. For instance Bettino Craxi, the former Italian prime minister, is buried there. Many others, such as Frédéric Mitterand, Paul Klee, Wallis Simpson, Auhust Macke, Jean Cocteau, Georges Sebastian used to come to Hammamet for their holidays. 

Today, Hammamet is a destination mainly for middle-to-upper range arranged tours from Europe, and the streets are filled with holidaymakers speaking Swedish, German, English and French. Despite its modern architectural and touristics European invasions, Hammamet retains its sense of exotic history, dominated by its 15th-century medina and souk (bazaar), where donkeys and bargain-hunters navigate the labyrinth of Aladdin’s caves packed with treasures like carpets, brass ornaments, jewellery, traditional kaftans, pottery and leather goods.

The narrow winding alleys conceal bright, whitewashed windowless houses behind ornate doors. The famed town’s baths, are situated in the crowded medina, alongside ancient mosques and over-shadowed by the medieval castle or kasbah. The big attraction of this seaside town, is its six-mile (10km) stretch of palm-fringed shore, boasting beautiful sandy clean beaches, decorated with colourful fishing boats.

Location

Hamammet is located in the south east of the northern peninsula of Cap Bon in the Governorate of Nabeul, on the northern edge of the Gulf of Hammamet. It is about an one-hour drive from the airport in Tunis.

The city is divided in two parts, the North and South.

Archeological sites

The most known archeological site of Hammamet is Puppet Roman site: http://www.patrimoinedetunisie.com.tn/eng/sites/pupput.php

Entertainment and activities

  • Walk in the Medina streets.

  • Have a Turkish coffee or a tea with pinions at Sidi Bouhadid café near the beach.

  • Have a walk on the beach.

  • Visit Pupput archeological site.

  • Visit Dar Sebastian: a beautiful villa which serves today as the International Festival of Hammamet as well as an international Culture Center.


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Anne Koopman

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