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One of the most beautiful thing of Sidi Bou Said is the option to loose the way in the small lanes of that white & blue village.
Apart the main street, full of touristic shops and the main square on the top of the hill, full of cafθ and restaurants, the most part of the rest of the city is totally empty of people, shops, restaurants and hotels.
And the strange thing is that there aren't tourist all around.

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Sidi Bou Said (Arabic: سيدي بو سعيد) is a town in northern Tunisia (it is located only 20 km from the capital of Tunisia, Tunis). It is the capital of the Sidi Bou Said Governorate.

The town got its name for a Muslim religious figure who lived there, Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji (before he came along, it was called Jabal el-Menar). The town itself is a tourist attraction as it is known for the extensive use of blue and white colors all over the town. All kinds of souvenirs (some not even remotely connected to Sidi Bou Said and sometimes not to Tunisia itself) can be bought in the main street. While staying in Sidi Bou Said for a few days is not common, tourists from Hammamet and other tourist towns usually come to Sidi Bou Said. It can be reached by a TGM train, which runs from Tunis to La Marsa.

Sidi Bou Said is still under reputation as a town of artists. Many famous artists lived there or visited Sidi Bou Said. Most famous is probably Paul Klee. Other European artists include Gustave-Henri Jossot, August Macke and Louis Moillet. Tunisian artists in Sidi Bou Said are members of Ecole de Tunis (painting school of Tunis). Most famous are Yahia Turki, Brahim Dhahak and Ammar Farhat.

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