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  • Writer's pictureChadwa Khemissi

A Lost Piece From Heaven

Sidi Bou Said is a place you need to add to your bucket list, as it is one of the most magical cliff-side towns in the world!

Café des Délices

Sidi Bou Said is located north of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.

The entire town has been built on a cliff, which overlooks the Mediterranean coastline.

This town's blue and white colour scheme makes you think you are in Greece, but Sidi Bou Said has been this way since 1920 when Rodolphe d’Erlanger added the blue-white theme.

Since then, Sidi Bou Said has become a tourist destination and the home of many Tunisian artists.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see its signature colours – dazzling white walls and staircases, with everything else a uniform shade of vivid blue.

Doors, window frames, shutters, decorative iron grilles, and elaborate latticework window screens are all painted imperial blue.

Blue doors and white-washed walls

The entire town is simply beautiful, with flowers draped from almost every wall and doorway, and beautiful flowing vines hanging throughout the entire area.


In 1979, UNESCO inscribed Sidi Bou Said along with Carthage on the world heritage list.

Things To Do

You can sip a good coffee or a well-made cuppa while enjoying a panoramic view of the city in Café des Nattes or Café des delices which are very famous in Sidi Bou Said

Café Des Nattes

Tunisian Delight store and Bambalouni store

You can also stroll along the cobbled streets of Sidi Bou Said which are lined with cafés, ice cream shops, and stalls of pastries.


Make sure to eat one of those famous sugary Tunisian doughnuts "Bambalouni" that you will find anywhere in Sidi Bou Said.

Small Store, Sidi Bou Said

You can also enjoy walking through the small shops selling a variety of souvenirs and mingling with locals.

The vivid colours and the enchanting vibes will take your breath away.

Admire the beauty of a sunset on a walk along the marina, where yachts gently bobble on blue waters.

Road leading to the port

Sidi Bou Said Port

Experience Mediterranean cuisine at Sidi Bou Said’s prestigious restaurants including Dar Zarrouk, Le Bon Vieux Temps and the hotel la Villa Bleue.

Those who are interested in history must visit the palace of Ennejma Ezzahra, Dar El Annabi, and Zaouia mosque!

Palace of Ennejma Ezzahra

Dar El Annabi

Zaouia mosque

In a nutshell, Sidi Bou Said is a must-see!

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