Sidi Bou Said is a city located on the Mediterranean coast, just twenty kilometers from the Tunisian capital Tunis. It is located in the vilayet Tunis, and there are around 6 000 people. Sidi Bou Said is due to its charm earned the flattering title of "Pearl of Tunisia."
Sidi Bou Said was named after the patron saint of the twelfth century, which was here found a place for the meditation and conversation with God. His mausoleum has become a place of pilgrimage, which was visited by a huge number of believers. Around the mausoleum has gradually started to grow village. During the eighteenth century, Sidi Bou Said is beginning to take its beautiful appearance. Turkish and Tunisian rich people started here to build residences in a typical Andalusian style. The city grew, and with it the charm that still leaves you breathless. From the twenties Sidi Bou Said has become a tourist destination. The city was gathering European artistic elite. Poets and writers, musicians and painters, all of them were right here found their inspiration.
One legend says that if you walk the cobbled streets of Sidi Bou Said and ram rings made of wrought iron on the largest is blue door, happiness will follow you, and your dreams will come true. Is this true, visitors can discover themselves, though it can certainly be said that this idea will not like to the local population. The reason lies in the fact that almost every door in the city is blue, which is why it`s quite difficult to determine which doors are the largest.
Cobbled streets of Sidi Bou Said lead to the top of the hill, which was once ruled by Carthage, one of the most impressive ancient civilizations. There's no traffic, which is why you must go everywhere on foot. Everywhere are located romantic cafes, a former gathering place for the world's most famous artists. In these cafes you can feel the irresistible charm of this place. At the top of the hill, surrounded by lush vegetation, is the most famous bar in Sidi Bou Said, Caffé des Nattes. At the bottom of the hill is a large number of street vendors selling various souvenirs, spices, and more. It's worth for the small amount of money to buy a little something that will remain in the eternal memory of this Mediterranean paradise. Sidi Bou Said radiates with history and tradition, as well as the simplest and unusual beauty that takes your breath away. For all those who are looking for beauty, Sidi Bou Said is the perfect destination. You do not need to spend a lot of words, this city is simply "Pearl of Tunisia."