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Sidi Bou Saïd

Sidi Bou Saïd

Sidi Bou Saïd

Sidi Bou Saïd – reachable on the TGM suburban train line, and overlooking the Gulf of Tunis, is this beautifully preserved cobbled town, named after a 13th-century Sufi saint and has long been a favorite retreat for European artists and intellectuals. Swiss-German artist Paul Klee came to paint there in 1914 and praised the clarity of the light. In season, coach-loads of tourists are dropped off here but for most of the time the town is a quiet, up-market, residential district. Slightly down the hill from the Café Sidi Chabaane, is a spectacular view of the whole of the Gulf of Tunis which lies below and the twin-peaked mountains the Phoenicians used to navigate by.