Things to do in Hammamet

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Hammamet, Tunisia, is a town found along the Northernmost peninsula of Africa, just a few miles shy of being called the Northernmost city on the continent. Hammamet is a coastal town in an alcove along the Mediterranean Sea, called the Gulf of Hammamet, where 50,000 residents call home. Each year thousands of European tourists make their way here to bask in the sun and frolic along the wonderful beaches. Tourism has been kind to Hammamet, and during its peak tourist season the population can be triple what it is with residents alone. Food, shopping and leisure are as plentiful as the amount of diverse tourists. There is no shortage of things to see and experience in Hammamet.

Site of Pupput is an ancient city of ruins that can be explored for a mere 3 DT. The site dates back to approximately 168 A.D. Archaeologists have excavated many important finds, such as a very detailed mosaic tile that lines the sidewalk and is believed to represent a very privileged lifestyle. At the Site of Pupput you can view many other ancient finds such as parts of homes, waterworks, funeral decorative elements and many architectural decorative elements. There is a souvenir shop, museum and toilet facilities at the Site of Pupput.

Medina Hammamet can be a bit daunting to tourists due to the persistence of the shopkeepers, but if you can get past that and take in the hustle and bustle of the market, you will soon find your flow. The Medina is a very busy souvenir market; almost all of the shops are catered to tourists. Here you will find many great bargains such as colorful fabrics, silks, leather, pottery and many local crafts that make for an excellent keepsake from your time in Hammamet. Haggling is encouraged in the market, and you must be willing to bargain to get a fair price. Women may feel a bit uncomfortable entering the market alone, so if you are traveling with companions, it is best to go with a fellow traveler to alleviate the pressure of being bombarded by local men. The Medina is free of charge to enter, and can be a great place to people watch.

The Great Mosque is another attraction within Hammamet that should not be missed. Dating back to the 1500s, this intricately designed architectural marvel will leave you gazing for a while. Adjacent to the Great Mosque you can also take in the beauty of the Sidi Abdel Kader Mosque, dating back to the late 1700s, which is now used for teachings from the Koran.

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January 19, 2010 change by sequoia maner

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