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Where to stay in Hammamet

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Boasting wide boulevards lined by cypress trees, a bustling medina quarter, and the long sandy beaches the town is renowned for, Hammamet, just south of Tunis, provides a giddy blend of tourist sites and traditional African, Arabian, Spanish, and Turkish ambience. Expect to find jasmine-scented traditional souks lining a side street, then, turning a corner, discovering a square shaded by palms quiet but for the splashing of a fountain. So typically Hammamet, walking along the beach feeling the sand between your toes you will come across, tucked away, the villa where Winston Churchill wrote his memoirs.

Things to see

Bathing on the sun-kissed sands is Hammamet’s main attraction, but there are also plenty of other things to see and do. Just off the beach is Hammamet International Cultural Centre, a luxury 1930s mansion built by Romanian millionaire George Sebastian, complete with colonnaded swimming pool, 4-person marble bath, and orangery. The mansion is famed for being a headquarters of Erwin Rommel during WWII, and for where Winston Churchill penned his memoirs. In the grounds is a Greek-style amphitheatre which stages Hammamet's annual International Cultural Festival, with events ranging from classical theatre to Arabic music. For a true taste of Tunisia, head to the medina where 15th century Ottoman homes and fortifications have been amazingly well preserved. Between them, in the labyrinthine whitewashed passageways, are the traditional souks selling local produce and souvenirs. Just outside Hammamet is the archaeological site of Pupput, a 1st century BC settlement inherited by the Romans. Displayed on a wall amid the columns and necropolis are stunning Byzantine tomb mosaics.

Hotels in Hammamet

Places to stay line the coastline around the Gulf of Hammamet, stretching from Yasmine Hammamet to the south of Hammamet to Nabeul to its north. There are hotels to suit every budget, with those at the luxury end offering full spa facilities and health clubs, while even very reasonably-priced hotels offer swimming pools in which to cool down after working on your tan or bartering at the souk. All Hammamet hotels are within walking distance of the beach and most are able to offer ocean views. Air-con, satellite TV, and free WiFi comes as standard.

Where to stay

If white sand, sun loungers, and beach huts stretching over the horizon is what you’re most yearning for, stay in Yasmine Hammamet. Hotels at all the price points line this strip of sunbathing paradise, some offering water sport activities and all providing swimming pools in which to cool off after honing your tan. Luxury hotels here and in Hammamet itself offer the opportunity to spend a pampered morning or afternoon taking advantage of full-service spas. If soaking up some of the traditional atmosphere of North Africa is more your priority, stay in town – still adjacent to the beach and in view of the sea, but also just a short walk from the thriving medina.

How to get to Hammamet

Hammamet couldn’t be easier to get to as it’s less than an hour’s drive from 2 major airports: Tunis-Cathage International Airport in Tunis, and Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport in Enfidha. Most Hotels in Hammamet provide an airport shuttle service on request. Taxis and buses are available from both airports. In addition, a direct train service from Tunis takes you right into the heart of Hammamet town.