Top 5 Must Do's in HammametEdit This
Hammamet is located in the northern part of Tunisia, on the south side of the Cap Bon Peninsual. Hammamet is consided the "Tunisian Saint Tropez" for its gorgeous coastline, and seaside way of life. This coastal town is a popular vacation destination among tourists and Tunisians alike. Here is a list of the Top 5 Must Do's while visiting Hammamet (in no particular order):
It isn't likely you will be in Hammamet long before you hear of the Medina. The Medina is a maze of narrow alleyways where vendors put their finest on display. This colorful marketplace is not only a great place to find beloved souvenirs, but can also provide some prime photo opportunities. The Medina is surrounded by walls that date back to the 15th century. It is very easy to get swept away in the treasure hunting, but make sure to negotiate the price of your treasures - carpets and pottery can be overpriced here.
2. Kasbah of Hammamet
The Kasbah of Hammamet isn't a "must do" for what is available on the inside or within the walls, but a "must do" for the views on top and along the edges. Walking along this 12th century structure visitors are privy to some of the best views that Hammamet has to offer. If you are looking for a bird's eye view of the Medina, the Kasbah can provide. Sunsets and sunrises are a bit crowded in the Kasbah because it's vantage point gives a breathtaking panoramic view over the bay. The Kasbah museum is a worth a visit, it is small, but houses some interesting Tunisian artifacts.
3. The Great Mosque
Dating back to the 15th century, the Great Mosque is set opposite to the Hammamet baths, and is a blend of Turkish and Moorish architectural styles. The Great Mosque is a place of Muslim worship and prayer, and is adjoined by the Mosque of Sidi Abdul-Qader al-Gailani, constructed in the late 18th century, and is now a Koran school for children. The price of admission grants you entrance into both mosques.
4. Hammamet Baths
For an off the beaten path experience, and for roughly $5 US you can soak all day in these Roman-like baths. Scrubs and massage are available for an additional price, and are very similar to the Turkish style of massage, rough and vigorous.
A 4th century Roman archaeological site is set close to the city center of Hammamet and worth a visit. The grounds aren't in the best shape, but the left wall provides some amazing mosaics. The tomb mosaics are very interesting and date back to the Byzantine era. The main attraction is the House of Figured Peristyle, where you find standing columns and mosaic floors. Another draw are the baths.