Hammamet

Overview

Introduction

This coastal resort on a crescent beach is one of the most popular destinations in Tunisia, particularly among Europeans on package tours. The town was first popularized for outsiders in the late 1800s by European painters Paul Klee and August Macke, who found the climate to their liking. The beaches are the main draw, but there are also a few sightseeing options: Walk around the walled medina, visit the casbah and shop in the souk (market). The International Cultural Center, a converted 1920s villa, is a popular performing-arts venue. The nearby town of Nabeul hosts a popular Friday market. Ceramics, pottery and embroidery are easy to find, but prices tend to be a bit steeper on market day. Hammamet is 45 mi/70 km southeast of Tunis.

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