Sidi Bou Said. Charming blue and white.

Sidi Bou Said, located north of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The entire town been built on top of a steep cliff, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this place. Originally, a place of pilgrimage for visitors to the tomb of the 13th-century Abou Said Ibn Khalef Ibn Yahia Ettamini El Beji, a holy man from whom it takes its name, Tunisia’s celebrated blue-and-white village is so enchantingly pretty that it can sometimes seem more painted than real.

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Everywhere you look, you’ll see its signature colours – dazzling white walls and staircases, with everything else a uniform shade of vivid blue. Doors, window frames, shutters, decorative iron grilles and elaborate latticework window screens (known as moucharabiehs) are all painted the imperial blue.

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The entire town is simply beautiful, with flowers draped from almost every wall and doorway, and beautiful flowing vines hanging throughout the entire area. Sidi Bou Said is so beautiful, in fact, that many artists have taken up residence here.The town is also said to have inspired famous artist Paul Klee, and famous writer Andre Gide.

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At the highest point of the village, you’ll find the most peaceful spots imaginable, with a view on horseshoe bay of the marina and the Bay of Tunis, absolutely phenomenal.

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The streets of Sidi Bou Said, most of which are quaint cobbled streets, are lined for the most part with souvenir shops, cafe’s, and art shops. The entire town has an intense feel of artistry and craftsmanship, and the locals are very proud of their town, and don’t hesitate to show it off.

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Sidi Bou Said is shattered by a countless small side-streets and alleyways. Directly ahead is the main mosque El Ghofrane.

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