Soothing White Walls with Indigo Doors Equals Tranquility
If you've ever felt the need for serenity and a truly relaxing holiday, you will certainly benefit from a visit to magical Sido Bou Said in Tunisia. This lovely magnetic photograph from Worldwide Gifts shows a scene such as can be found all over the entire enchanting "Blue-and-White Village" situated alongside the sparkling turquoise blue waters of the Bay of Tunis.
Sido Bou Said has drawn seekers of peace since as far back as the 13th century, when Islamic pilgrims came to visit the tomb of a mystic holy man for whom the village is named, Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji . Over the centuries, this charming Mediterranean village has acted as a magnet for artists and poets, and more recently has become home to many of the wealthiest Tunisian citizens, and is an extremely popular holiday destination for celebrities, politicians and many other international tourists.
Enjoying the Enchantments of the Blue-and-White Village
Sidi Bou Siad is only about 20 kilometers away from the capital city of Tunis, and a pleasant day trip if you're visiting Tunisia's capital. Visitors who come to the charming village must surely bring their cameras, because every direction offers another opportunity for a stunning and beautiful photograph. You can enjoy the water activities offered in the bay, or stroll along the cobblestone streets just enjoying the pleasant ambience. There are open-air markets where one can purchase one of the village's most prevalent crafts and souvenirs, a blue and white birdcage.
There are also several well-known cafes and restaurants, including the Restaurant Dar Zarouk and the Tam Tam, and excellent hotels such as the Hotel Dar Said and Hotel Sidi Bou Fares. The Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra is a lovely historic site and the home of the Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger, the man responsible for the village's blue and white color scheme.