Referred to as the quaint and beautiful ‘Riviera’ of Tunisia, take a private tour to the city of Hammamet. A city that is nicely sandwiched between the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea on the east side of Tunisia.
Hammamet is a very popular tourist destination in Tunisia and this is mainly due to Hammamet having exotic, sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters of the cove on the Cap Bon Peninsula. It also has great resort facilities and lots of excellent and adventurous water activities for tourists who like to do more than relaxing and lazing on the beaches or beside the pool.
There is also a very well preserved Medina, Old Town, which is the ideal way to get an idea of the traditions and cultures of the local people. Like all other Medina’s in Tunisia, this one is charming, atmospheric and a maze of laneways and narrow alleyways that seem to lead nowhere but go everywhere! Read More...
Take a Guided Tour to the Excavation Site of Pupput and See the Ruins of a Roman Settlement
There are a few places to on sightseeing tours of in Hammamet, but there are many more tours to go on if you are willing to travel a little bit outside of the city.
One of these is a guided tour to the site where there was an ancient Roman settlement, Pupput. It is an ongoing excavation, but you can still make out what the ruins that remain once were.
El Haouariawhich is a well-known place to spot Falcons in Springtime and it is about an hour way from the city. If you were visiting during the month of May, you can enjoy the Falconry Festival and see the skills of the falcon's taught to them by the village falconers.
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Medina / Old Town
The Medina in Hammamet has 15th-century walls surrounding it that are still original. As you walk around on a sightseeing tour, you can see just how much of the traditional Tunisian architecture has been very well preserved. Be sure to stay with your tour guide as the Medina is a maze of winding lanes and narrow alleyways. It is the best place to pick up a few souvenirs such as ceramics, leather good and even carpets.
Great Mosque in Hammamet
To get a more close up look at traditional Tunisian architecture, take a guided tour of the Great Mosque which you can find in the Medina. The Great Mosque was original built in the 15th century and restored back to its original condition in 1972. Additional to the Tunisian architecture, there is an example of excellent Islamic architecture in the form of the rectangular minaret that towers over the Great Mosque.
Villa Sebastian, Hammamet Cultural Centre
Villa Sebastian is an ancient landmark in Tunisia which is home to the Hammamet’s cultural center. It is also a theater, concert venue and architectural building. The building itself is luxurious and was built by a rich Romanian, George Sebastian, in the 1920’s. There are beautiful gardens where Hammamet's annual International Festival of Music and Drama is held during the months of July and August.
Kasbah a Fort in Hammamet
When you go on a sightseeing tour of Hammamet, make sure you get to see the Kasbah. This is a fort that was built in the 13th century. This fort may not be as well preserved as other forts in Tunisia, but you can still climb the ramparts where you are met with some of the most picturesque views of Hammamet. There is also a museum which tells you the colorful history of pirates and Spanish occupation.
In the Cap Bon Peninsula region of Hammamet, you can visit its largest town Nabeul on a sightseeing tour or just wander around yourself after spending the day on the long sandy beach. There is a great Friday Market which is mainly for locals as there is a lot of fresh produce being sold from local farmers but there are stalls where you can pick up souvenirs, crafts or clothing. The prices are much lower in the market.
Roman Ruins of Pupput
For a glimpse of life in ancient times take a guided tour to the Roman ruins of Puppet which is not too far from the city of Hammamet. This is not one of the biggest excavations sites in Tunisia, but it is still well worth a visit when you are in Hammamet. There is a fascinating collection of mosaics, baths and a residential area. The best feature found here is the House of the Figured Peristyle.
Another archaeological site to visit on a guided tour is the site of Kerkouane which is located about an hours drive from Hammamet. It was only in 1952 that this site was discovered and it is believed to have been a settlement by the Phoenicians from the 6th century BC. By now, after much excavation, you can see that the town was in a horseshoe shape. It is a great place to visit and see marbled floored houses and mosaic decor.
Diving in Hammamet
The waters along the coast of Hammamet are so crystal clear; it would be a shame to not take advantage and do on any of the many diving activity tours available. There is snorkeling and scuba diving tours to excellent locations to see the best of the underwater life. There are relaxing boat tours to relax and watch the world go by or alternatively take part in the other activities such as water skiing or jet skiing.
Travel Tips for Hammamet
Best Time To Visit
Every month is a good time to visit Hammamet but ideally, any month other than January and February is the best. March, April, October, November and December are perfect months to visit if you intend to do a lot of sightseeing tours and outdoor activities. It does rain a little during these months. For lazing on the beach enjoying the sun then June, July, August and September are the months for you.
No matter where you got in Tunisia, it is very cheap when you are a tourist. Hammamet, even though it is such a popular place is still very cheap. Enjoy a meal in a mid-range restaurant that has three courses for two people for only US$ 12.50. A bottle of imported beer will cost less than one dollar. Accommodation prices vary with the type of hotel you choose, but on average you can get one night B&B in a good hotel for US$20.
Know Before Visiting
When planning to visit Hammamet, you should book flight and accommodation well in advance especially if you are hoping to go during peak season. The same applies for sightseeing tours, guided tours or desert jeep safari tours, you should pre-book these too. Tunisia does not have much crime, but you should still be careful of your possessions and money. It is not recommended to walk alone at night in dark laneways.
The hottest month of the year in Hammamet is August with temperatures averaging 27 degrees Celsius, but there are days when the temperatures go well into the 30’s. The coldest month of the year is January when the temperatures are averaging 12 degrees Celsius. The most sunshine hours in a day is during July and the wettest month is December. It does rain a small bit at some stage every month.