Hammemet Tunisia Holidays

Hammamet Holidays - The glittering prize of Tunisia.

Hammamet means both ‘bathing place’ and ‘doves’ and certainly this exotic, romantic walled town and its surrounds encapsulates the best of the Tunisia’s manmade and natural beauty, despite the hotels and touristic developments that have mushroomed around its periphery. Sitting at the base of the Cap Bon Peninsula, which juts boldly northeast across the Mediterranean towards Sicily, the upmarket resorts, jazzy shops, galleries and refined villas of Hammamet feel more European than North African. It was the preferred settlement of the dignitaries of the French Protectorate, who built roads, magnificent homes and fine gardens. One has become the International Cultural Centre, a whitewashed retreat complete with amphitheatre (which hosts concerts in the summer) that Frank Lloyd Wright declared ‘the most beautiful house I know.’

The hills that cradle the curving bay of Hammamet are flecked with orange and olive groves and vineyards (a wine festival is held every September) whilst beach lovers are spoilt for choice at either the well-heeled private enclaves or Hammamet’s long arc of golden sand.