Hammamet and the Cap Bon

Magnificent beaches, beautiful hotels, sporting activities and seafront nightclubs… some of the many reasons why holiday-makers choose Hammamet, or its neighbour Nabeul. But there is also lots to do in the surrounding area: stroll through the villages of Cape Bon, go trekking in Zaghouan, visit a Carthaginian ruin or a medieval fortress. 


White sand, clear water… the beaches in the Hammamet region are some of the most beautiful in Tunisia. But if you don’t want to spend your whole holiday sunbathing, a large variety of sporting activities are available for you: jet ski, parasailing, catamaran, sea cruises, scuba diving… Children can also take part in suitable activities such as kayaking, windsurfing lessons or games in the mini clubs. 

At night, if clubbing is your thing, you will find the best Tunisian and international DJs in the nightclubs of the city. Prefer to peacefully enjoy the balmy summer nights? Dine in a rooftop restaurant in the medina, in an interior courtyard, or in the Yasmine Hammamet marina. As for golfers, they will appreciate the three 18-hole golf courses that snake through the lush green hills. 

In the mood for walking and outings? Go shopping in the souks, climb the ramparts of the fort, stroll around the marina. Visit Medina Mediterranea, a theme park in the form of a giant medina, have fun as a family in the Carthage Land amusement park. Visit Nabeul, the neighbouring city, where numerous artisans still practice. If you love markets, the one in market will enchant you and is a place to eat many local specialities on the spot.

Finally, there is much to see around the Cape Bon peninsula which starts to the north of Nabeul: fields and orchards, historical sites, villages and fishing ports...


Suggestions

Go shopping in the pottery stores in Nabeul.

Visit the Artisan Village of Nabeul (Centre for Traditions and Crafts) to see the artisans at work: wrought iron, rush weaving, painting under glass...

Medina, thermal springs, medieval fortress, Roman or Carthaginian ruins… the region has some things that cannot be missed. 


The medina and the fortress of Hammamet

Circled by ramparts and bordered by the sea, the small medina of Hammamet is flanked by a medieval fortress, enlarged by the Turks. A former fortified village, Hammamet then became a peaceful fishing village. Its minuscule alleyways and houses washed with white and blue lime give it a unique charm. 


Nabeul museum and site of Neapolis

Discover the Roman mosaics and Carthaginian terracotta statues in Nabeul’s small archaeological museum. It also explains the operation of the huge saltworks factory whose remains are visible at the exit of the city: it is the site of the ancient city of Neapolis. 

Read more: Underwater ruins drowned by a tsunami off the coast of Nabeul.


The fortress of Kelibia

Climb Kelibia’s hill to access Tunisia’s largest medieval fortress (12th century): it offers a wonderful seascape view. At its feet lie the fishing harbour and long sandy beaches. 


Kerkouane archaeological site

Kerkouane was a small town attached to Carthage whose territory was abandoned before the Roman conquest, leaving intact traces behind. This site offers an exceptional view into the way of life of the Carthaginians: houses, temples, workshops, ramparts ... Kerkouane has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


El Haouaria and its Roman quarries

At the extreme tip of the peninsula, visit El Haouaria, a peaceful village surrounded by wild nature. Its inhabitants traditionally practice falconry, taking advantage of the migratory birds who pass through. You will discover its “grottos”, old subterranean quarries which open out onto the sea; they allowed stone to be loaded directly onto the ships bound for Carthage. 


Korbous and its thermal springs

A stop in the small town of Korbous will let you discover a quaintly charming spa and beautiful sandy beaches at the foot of rocky hills. One of its thermal springs discharges directly into the sea, and many of the inhabitants go there to bathe. 

Many archaeological sites are easily accessible from Hammamet, but also mountains, unusual villages or great historical cities. Thanks to the motorway, just a few hours is enough to reach most regions of Tunisia. 


Thuburbo Majus archaeological site

Stroll amongst the ruins burnished red by centuries of sun. Explore the palestra (Roman sports field), climb the steps of the capitol, tread the mosaic floor of the thermal baths… An educational and agreeable walk in a beautiful ancient site surrounding by lush hills. 


Mount Zaghouan

A line of mountains rises up to the west of Hammamet, the last peaks of the Atlas mountain chain: a formidable region for hikers. Mount Zaghouan peaks at 1295 metres. On its flanks perches the small town of Zaghouan, once inhabited by Andalusians. In ancient times, the springs of Mount Zaghouan provided Carthage with water; it is still possible to see the Roman monument that surrounded these springs (Temple of the Waters) and the gigantic aqueduct which measured 132 km in length. 


Oudhna archaeological site

To the south of Tunis, the archaeological site of Oudhna contains ruins of an exceptional size such as the 16 000 seat Roman amphitheatre and the capitol, where a few columns still remain upon its giant podium. 



Takrouna village

South of Hammamet, this small Bedouin village perches at the summit of a steep rocky outcrop, which dominates all of the surrounding plain. 


Tunis, Carthage and Sidi Bou Saïd

The capital of Tunisia is both a great historical city and a modern metropolis overflowing with life. There is much to see and visit in Tunis and its surrounding areas: the great medina, the Tunis of 1900, the village of Sidi Bou Saïd, the Bardo museum, the ruins of Carthage… The medina of Tunis and the ruins of Carthage have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. 


Sousse and Monastir

Visit the medinas of these two coastal cities who have preserved some superb medieval monuments: ramparts, mosques, ribats (mini fortresses once occupied by religious Muslim communities)... The medina of Sousse has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 


Kairouan

First capital of Islamic Tunisia, Kairouan has kept its impressive relics of that golden age: the Great Mosque (the first founded in the Maghreb) and the Aghlabid basins (water reservoirs). Stroll through the traditional atmosphere found in the medina and visit the charming mausoleum of Sidi Sahbi, nicknamed the “Mosque of the Barber). The city of Kairouan has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.