Sidi Bou Said

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Solo Gay Trip Guide to Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia

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Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said is an unquestionably must-do if you’re in Tunisia. This white and blue town with seasonal flowers is called Mini Santorini which doesn’t do justice to its beauty. The town of Sidi Bou Said is located some 20 km away from Tunis. It has a unique presence of it own throughout the country.

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Sidi Bou Said in all its glory

Getting to Sidi Bou Said

At the end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba and a bit of walk later I arrived at Tunis Marine station and took the TGV train (one-way ticket was 0.70 TND). The TGV train is small, old but quite fun. You can see the lake of Tunis because the train goes through it. Not much to see here though, the rigs installed have ruined the view unfortunately. The train goes through many stations, I got off at Sidi Bou Said Station.

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The first view of pure white and blue

A Day in Sid Bou Said

I had been travelling for last 2 days and with absolutely gorgeous weather and sun shining I decided to spend a lazy day in Sidi Bou Said which totally goes with this gorgeous city.

The door to my heart

The station is located centrally and you will see the white and blue mosque on the left-hand side perched high on a platform when you leave station. A further walk brought me to a small junction. I was hungry by now and headed in the direction of restaurants on Rue Habib Thameur.

Cafe des Glacis

Most of the touristy and worth seeing places in the city are located on this street or the streets extending from this street. It was a bit of an uphill walk but the striking scenery totally made it worth the walk. Every few steps I turned to find another beautiful alley opening into another avenue of wonders.

Sidi Bou Said is famous for its white houses with blue doors and windows. The grills on windows were my favourite bit along with beautiful doors. The grills form a curve which is used for plants; I couldn’t get enough of it!

The grills, the beautiful grills

I checked in Dar Zarrouk but they were full and didn’t have terrace seating in winter so I ended up in Au Bon Vieux Temps, the food was a huge disappointment and even the beautiful view didn’t justify the price.

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A Lazy Day and Some Tea and Cake

A relaxed stroll through the streets of this gorgeous town ensued. I have no idea how to describe the beauty so I’ll leave you to decide based on pictures.

I climbed as high as I could and went as far as I could,  and man was it fun! After some loitering around I got myself some tea at Dar Zarrouk courtyard with a delicious chocolate cake and headed to the famous Café des Delices. The first picture you see on google for Sidi Bou Said is the white Dome and stunning view of the Mediterranean of this café. After some photos later, went down to the café but unfortunately it had gotten windy by then and I couldn’t stay for too long.

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A bit lazy as it was still before the Hammam

The Sunset

It was almost sunset time and I made my way to the viewpoint of Sidi Bou Said at the end of Rue Hedi Zarrouk. The place was full of people mostly locals who came to see the sunset. It was still windy but the sunset was as dazzling as any.

Marina and beach at sunset

Hammam Time

The last stop for the day was my reservation for a spa; La Villa Bleue Hammam and Spa is located right next to the viewpoint. I arrived to a beautiful but small hotel entrance and was showed to the tiny spa. The whole experience was thoroughly relaxing and the massage was just what I was craving for. The lady at the spa was very friendly and sweet and she accepted my request to have a longer massage and a shorter scrub session.

I donned my robe and chilled for a bit at the terrace before getting clothed and making my way back to Tunis. It was a gorgeous day and perhaps my best one in Tunisia.

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Villa Bleue

What do you think about Sidi Bou Said? I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, suggestions and questions.

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