The 17 best sights of Hammamet – description and photos

17 Sights of Hammamet worth seeing

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The city of Hammamet in Tunisia, the attractions of which are well known to European tourists, is unusually lucky with its location. It wraps tightly around a cozy bay at Cape Et-Tib, which is located on the peninsula of the same name. Hammamet is the first tourist resort of Tunisia in terms of time of its foundation and popularity. The main attraction for tourists are the sandy beaches and the well-preserved medina, as they call the old town.

In general, the resort is a place where culture and traditions of North Africa are carefully preserved. As a rule, tourists get acquainted with the sights only after getting tired of the pleasant pastime and the weather, when it seems that the sun never goes below the horizon. If you get the irresistible urge to go beyond the beach, you’ll find that Hammamet is the perfect place to explore the sights on the promontory of Et Tib.

The Old City of Medina

The Old City of Medina

Old Town of Medina | Photo: Cornelia Wild / Flickr.

Hammamet, surrounded by fortress walls built in the 15th century, is a maze of winding and narrow alleyways inside the medina. The site is rich in examples of well-preserved traditional Tunisian architecture.

A roof has been built over some of the alleys. So on hot summer days, the medina remains a place where you can feel comfortable, sheltered from the relentless sun in the cool shade while exploring the city.

In addition, it offers many opportunities for those who can not do without the shopping in the stores. For them there is a ton of goods: carpets, local embroidery, ceramics and leather. Do not forget that the goods for sale in the stores of the old town are overpriced.

Address: Medina, Ruelle Ibrahim Chérif, Hammamet, Tunisia.

Villa Sebastian is the cultural center of Hammamet

Sebastian Villa, the cultural center of Hammamet

Villa Sebastian is the cultural center of Hammamet.

The halls of the cultural center, located in the southern area of the hotels, which starts from the Hotel Continental, are housed inside the chic Villa Sebastian. George Sebastian, a Romanian by birth, was the first of the wealthy European natives who settled in Hammamet in the early 1900s.

The construction of his villa of amazing beauty was completed in the 1920s. Every year in August and July, the gardens around the villa regularly host the most important event of the city – the International Music and Drama Festival. If you are in Hammamet at that time, try not to miss this event.

If you are interested in history and have come to see the villa, head along the coast to the plot of land between the two hotels, Samira Club and Tanfus. Here is the excavation site of Pupput, a Roman settlement, which is the ruins of the ancient Hammamet, scattered over a wide area. This site may be of interest especially to those who are genuinely interested in history.

Address: Dar Sebastien – International Cultural Center of Hammamet, C28, Hammamet Sud, Tunisia.

The Great Mosque

The Great Mosque

Great Mosque | Photo: wikimedia.

When choosing what to see in Hammamet first, tourists usually stop at the historical and sacred sites of the old city. The medina is rich in magnificent buildings – restored examples of traditional Tunisian architecture. The most important buildings in this area are considered the two mosques located next door: Sidi Abdel Kader and the Great Mosque.

The latter dates back to the 15th century and was rebuilt in 1972. Its rectangular minaret is a fine example of Islamic architecture. The Sidi Abdel Khader was completed in 1798 and is now a madrasah, an Islamic education center. Citizens of non-Muslim faith cannot visit the halls of the Great Mosque. If you pass by the building though, be sure to stop to appreciate the beauty of its facade.

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Address: Mosquée Kabir, Hammamet, Tunisia.

The Kasbah Fortress

The Kasbah Fortress

The Kasba fortress. | Photo: Andrew Tijou / Flickr.

Kasbah, a fortress in Hammamet built in the 13th century, is not as well preserved as a similar citadel in Sousse. It is also inferior in size. But the structure is still worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for activities to diversify your beach vacation. Inside the citadel are the halls of an interesting museum.

The exhibits give an idea of the historical period, when Hammamet was a colourful pirate’s brothel, and of the later period, when the city was occupied by the Spaniards. If you are here be sure to climb the ramparts, which offer a spectacular view of the medina and the picturesque fish harbor. It is a great place to photograph sunny Mediterranean sunsets.

Address: Kasbah, Hammamet, Tunisia.

City of Nabeel

Friday Nabeel Market

Friday Market of Nabelle.

Nabelle is the largest city on the peninsula and the promontory of Et-Tibe. It is separated from the Strait of Hammamet by a long sandy beach. The Friday market of Nabeel, surrounded by intensively farmed agricultural land, is bustling with life, the stalls are stocked with new products and there is always something interesting going on, something that photographers love to capture.

It is also a center of handicraft production. Shoppers can buy charming, locally made pottery or woven mats. Textiles are cheaper in this market than in Hammamet.

A popular attraction to visit is the Archaeological Museum, located on Avenue Habib Bourguiba. Its exhibits tell the history of Cape Et-Tib. Here are findings from excavations that tell about the Roman and Carthaginian historical periods (the best such artifacts are presented in Bardo, the national museum, located in Tunis, the capital of the country).

Address: Nabeul, Tunisia.

Punic City of Kerquan

Punic City of Kerquan

Punic city of Kerquan.

The site of Kercuan was discovered only in 1952. It is thought to have been inhabited by Phoenicians in the 6th century BC long before Carthage was founded. The site was destroyed by the Romans during the Third Punic War as a dyer’s and fisherman’s village. No work was ever done to rebuild it. The original layout of this Carthaginian city has remained intact.

Kerquan was shaped like a horseshoe. It was surrounded by a double ring of walls with two gates. Excavations have uncovered many streets intertwined with each other and the foundations of buildings with marble ceilings decorated with red and white mosaic ornaments (almost all of the decoration is preserved). The rooms of many of the houses were arranged around a courtyard decorated with a fountain. It is especially noteworthy that almost all the buildings were equipped with a bathroom. There were sewage ditches in the town.

This shows that Kerquan had a well-developed drainage system. Another point of interest for tourists are the ruins of the dye-house with baths carved out of the rock. They used to store the purple dye made from the shellfish (murex). The Phoenicians had a monopoly on the production of purple paint which was the most expensive in the ancient times (to produce one gram of paint, you had to use almost 5 thousand clams).

Next to the excavations is a small museum. Its exhibits clearly present the history of Kerquan. Archaeological work has been carried out at this site since 1966.

Address: Kerkouane, Tunisia.

El Khouariya City

El Jauaria town

The city of El Howaria. | Photo: Panegyrics of Granovetter / Flickr.

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In the very north of the El Taib promontory lies El Howaria, a fishermen’s village known for the opportunities it offers in the spring for falconers. This is the time when the birds migrate to the European continent.

The village is known for its ancient tradition of training falcons to hunt quail. If you find yourself in this place in May, be sure to visit the Falconry Festival. You will witness local falconers demonstrating their skills.

A few kilometers northeast of El Hahouariya are the caves of the Romans, which were formed by the extraction of sandstone from the coastal cliffs. This was first done by Carthaginian craftsmen and later by Romans. Nowadays, it is possible to find mines that are up to 30 meters long.

The address is El Haouaria, Tunisia.

Kelibia City

Fort Kelibia

Fort Kelibia. | Photo: wikimedia.

One of the best day trips for history buffs is from Hammamet to Kelibia, a town dominated by a citadel located on a 150 meter cliff. The original citadel was built by Byzantine builders. Later, during the Hafsid dynasty, it was fortified and greatly expanded.

The strong fortress walls are now in excellent condition. Climb them and you will be rewarded with a magnificent panorama of the Mediterranean Sea. On a cloudless day you can see the outline of the island of Sicily.

Address: Kélibia, Tunisia.

Corbu town

City of Corbu

Corbu town. | Photo: wikimedia.

The hot springs of Corbu are as much in demand now as they were during the Roman period, when the place was known as the Aqua Calida Carpana. In 1801, the springs were rediscovered by Ahmed Bey, who founded a spa complex there. The mineral-rich water is said by connoisseurs to help treat eczema and other skin ailments, as well as relieve pain caused by arthritis or rheumatism.

Just two kilometers north of Corbus is Hamma El Altrus, another spring that is also worth exploring. There is an amazing natural landscape with ponds that cascade down to the sea. The water in them heats up to 50 °C.

Address: Korbous, Tunisia.

Soliman City

Soliman City

The city of Soliman.

This local center of commerce, surrounded by agricultural land, is known for its picturesque old town where the Andalusian influence is clearly visible in the architecture. Two of the most noteworthy buildings to be found while strolling through the narrow lanes of the medina are the Maliki mosque, built in the 17th century, and the Hanafi mosque.

The roof of the first mosque is covered with semi-circular tiles. The second one is famous for its octagonal minaret. If you are here in search of a pleasant afternoon in the sun, Soliman beach is quite a pleasant place, popular with tourists.

Address: Soliman, Tunisia.

Jebel Bu Corbus Coast

Jebel Bu Corbus Coast

Jebel Bou Corbusa Coast.

About 8 kilometers north of Soliman runs the M S 128 highway. It runs along Jebel Bu Corbus, a rocky coastline also known as the Cote du Soleil (Sunny Beach). This 12 km stretch is one of the most scenic roads in Tunisia.

To the right of it are fairly steep hills, which can be up to 419 m high. To the left of the road are several steep cliffs reaching into the sea. Along the highway there are a number of vantage points. You can stop your car and climb up to them to admire beautiful views of the natural landscape stretching to the west, to Carthage.

Address: Djebel Bou Korbous, Tunisia.

Kartage-Land Amusement Park

Kartage Land amusement park

Kartage-Land Amusement Park | Photo: wikimedia.

Kartage Land, the first amusement park in North Africa, consists of five thematically different parts. You can become a participant in the Punic Wars on an autodrome, shoot a blaster as Aladdin’s lamp, race on a roller coaster around King Kong or fill in the gap in your knowledge of three thousand years of Mediterranean history with a light and music performance.

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The Ali Baba attraction and the Aqualand water park are specially designed for children, so that when they get tired of the beach, they can have a good rest in this place.

Address: Carthage Land, Yasmaine Ammamet, Tunisia.

Hammamet Beach

Hammamet Beach

Hammamet beach.| Photo: Crosa / Flickr.

Frankly, when you come to Hammamet, you can’t deny yourself the pleasures of a beach vacation. Even if you do not consider yourself a fan of sunbathing, you will not notice how your attitude towards this type of pastime will change after a day or two among the sand dunes.

Perfectly clear water of the Mediterranean Sea is perfectly complemented by shifting golden sands and the extraordinary beauty of the local nature. Although for the most part this place is not spoiled by the spirit of commerce, it goes without saying that you will meet here in large numbers vendors selling local products, especially fruits.

That said, they are quite charming. In Tunisian culture, merchants play an essential role. Unlike some other beaches, you won’t get bored here. Sure, you can sunbathe as much as you like, but there are activities for you here, like camel riding or water skiing, playing volleyball. You can also rent a boat or a canoe and even a parachute!

Address: Plage de Hammamet، Tunisia.

Zoo Frigia

Frigia Zoo

Zoo Frigia.

We can safely say that the best outdoor excursion in Hammamet is a visit to the Frigia Zoo. It is an ideal opportunity to be surrounded by wildlife for which Africa has become a home, something for which the inhabitants of the continent can be proud. You should remember that the best time to go there is early morning.

If you stroll throughout the day, you will feel the heat gradually become very hot. Phrygia gives you the opportunity to experience wildlife in close proximity. For a zoo, its territory is too large, but not so vast that you won’t be able to explore the whole area. At the same time, it is not so small that you get bored.

There are also special events in Friggia. For example, themed programs such as Zulu Nights, which showcase the diversity of Hammamet culture at its best. Recently, some zoos have been under public scrutiny. But here in Friguia, as is quite obvious, the animals are well taken care of.

The address is Friguia Park, GP 1, Aïn Rahma, 4089, Bouficha, Tunisia.

Port Yasmine Hammamet

Port Yasmine Hammamet

Port Yasmine Hammamet. | Photo: Orkhan / Flickr.

You cannot go to Hammamet and not be in Yasmine, the marina. The closest to its center is the main promenade, where there are a sufficient number of bars and restaurants. So you can always quench your hunger or thirst. The place is known for the fact that you can feel completely safe here.

In addition, compared to the vendors in more traditional markets, buying and selling at the waterfront takes place in a relaxed and peaceful environment. This place is quite in keeping with the image of charming Tunisia.

Address: Port Yasmine Hammamet, Fort Hammamet, Ave. de la Republique, Hammamet, Tunisia.

Museum of Religions

Museum of Religions

Museum of Religions.

Your travels always pay off when you return with new knowledge about the place you visited. One of the local institutions, the Museum of Religions, provides this opportunity to tourists coming to Hammamet. The amazing museum makes the rich cultural heritage of Tunisia visible.

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Be respectful of culture and religion that are new to you, and you won’t leave the country disappointed. Both the architecture and the objects in the permanent exhibitions are truly stunning.

Address: Musée carrefour des civilisations et des religions, Yasmaine Ammamé, Tunisia.

The ruins of Neapolis

Neapolis ruins

Neapolis ruins.| Photo: wikimedia.

Neapolis is also among the attractions recommended to visit. This place introduces you to the most interesting cultural sites of Hammamet. Sometimes it is not easy to find reliable information about Africa of the Roman era. But this place copes with this task flawlessly.

Neapolis, whose name translates as “New Town,” was founded by the Phoenicians. To this day, its important historical significance remains unchanged. Above all, you should get to know the role that the city played in trade.

Hammamet Attractions

Hammamet Dolphinarium Hammamet Bay Medina Hammamet Cape Bon Golf Citrus Restaurant Shaka Hammamet Central Square

The site contains Hammamet attractions – photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular travel guides and presented by type, name and rating. Here you can find answers for what to see in Hammamet, where to go and where to stay in Hammamet.

Dolphinarium

Dolphinarium (photo)

The Frigia Animal Park has a dolphinarium with a huge pool in front of the main entrance. A great dolphin show can be enjoyed at 9.45 and 11.00 in the morning and at 15.45 and 17.00 in the evening. The show is attended by young spectators.

At the end of the show you can swim in the pool with the dolphins.

Hammamet

Hammamet (photo)

The name of the city comes from the Arabic term “hammam”, which means bathhouse. The city stretches along the coast and attracts travelers with its olive and jasmine groves, blooming orange and lemon gardens. In Hammamet, you can spend hours strolling through the lush parks and wide beaches. Thalassotherapy centers are popular with tourists.

Hammamet is a true pride of the resort area of Tunisia, where many world-famous artists and other celebrities prefer to rest. The resort area of the city is about 14 km long and stretches along the coast. Despite the rather small population, which is only about 90 thousand people, Hammamet is served by two international airports, located in the neighboring cities of Tunisia and Monastir.

The climatic conditions here are just amazing – the climate is mild subtropical, Mediterranean type. The Romans attributed to it the special healing properties. In winter, the temperature rarely falls below +12 degrees, and in summer ranges from +23/+35. The sky over Hammamet is almost always cloudless. In addition to the unique climate the city is buried in verdure. This was achieved through proper conduct of the building, providing the height of buildings no higher than the cypress trees. The beaches are clean, the sand is fine and soft, there are no corals or algae in the water. Hammamet offers a calm and even somewhat conservative atmosphere, attracting in droves the European tourists that the town can take in as many as 42,000 at any one time.

Coordinates: 36.40208000,10.61416600

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Hammamet Bay

Hammamet bay (photo)

Hammamet Bay is separated from the Bay of Tunis by Cape Et-Tibe. The Romans founded the colony of Putput in 180 BC. Subsequently, the Arabs changed its name to Hammamet (“bathing place”). This is what predetermined the future resort and tourist biography of the city. The bay got its name after the city.

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Hammamet Medina

The medina of Hammamet (photo)

The old town center is located on the 15th century fortifications enclosed by a wall. There is a fort on the west side of the ramparts and the area is densely built up. There is an oriental bazaar in the wall.

Cape Bon

Cape Bon in Hammamet (photo)

Cape of Bona is just 140 km from Sicily. Tourists are attracted here by the beautiful beaches with soft white sand. The most popular beaches are on the southeastern part of the Cape. Once you are here, you can visit Corba with its 8 kilometers of well-kept beach.

Cape of Bon is one of the most fertile and picturesque regions of Tunisia. Nature here is beautiful, rich and wonderful. If you are lucky, you can see with your own eyes the rare pink flamingos, in these parts this bird is a regular visitor.

Coordinates: 37.09462200,11.03576700

Citrus Golf

Golf Citrus (photo)

With excellent courses of soft grass, beautiful scenery to inspire and top notch service, Citrus Golf offers golfers the perfect setting to practice their favorite sport. The 45 holes are open to all golfers.

Anyone can find a track here that suits their level. Teachers from professional golf schools are available to help those who are eager but unable to play. You can try your hand at practice courses which simulate real golf courses (350 meters long practice course for 120 players, 9-hole steeplechase course).

Once you have mastered the courses, you can go on to the serious courses, created to meet the slightly hilly terrain of olive groves. There are the 18-hole LES OLIVIERS course at 6161m and the 18-hole LA FORET course at 6128m.

You can celebrate the victory right here, in the bars and restaurants located on the territory of the complex.

Coordinates: 36.53612300,10.55786100

Shaka Restaurant

Shaka restaurant (photo)

The restaurant is located near the main entrance of the animal park. Here you can relax after visiting the park and witness an unforgettable Zulu show “African Evening”. During the show you can taste traditional Tunisian food and drinks. It all takes place in a thatched hut with Tunisian and South African music.

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Hammamet Central Square

The central square of Hammamet (photo)

A youth center with many cafes and shopping malls. A very clean town behind the walls of the fortress, there is also a local bazaar. Bargain! There are a lot of sculptures on the square. taken from Oriental fairy tales, like Aladdin, etc.

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