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Sidi Bou Saïd: the story of a beautiful white and blue village


When we travel, we’re always searching for a total escape and new adventures. We generally want to discover new, unusual places. What is really exciting about Tunisia is that this little country is full of atypical and unique places, and each place has its own charm.

You’ve probably heard about Sidi Bou Saïd, also known as the white and blue village. And if you know it, you obviously know that I’m not exaggerating when I say that Sidi Bou Saïd is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world.

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What many people may not know is that the name “Sidi Bou Saïd” goes back to the saint “Abou Saïd Khalaf Ibn Yahya el-Tamimi el-Béji” that lived in Tunisia until and was very dedicated to prayers and meditation. After his death, a mausoleum was built to pay tribute to this special man, and the village where he lived took his name. Sidi Bou Saïd is known as the white and blue village, since all house and stores are painted white and blue. This white and blue theme was applied by French painter Baron Rodolphe d’Erlanger when he moved in Tunisia and built his homeEnnejma Ezzahra, that became a museum since then.

Since the dawn of time, there’s always been something magical in this little white and blue village. The architecture, the atmosphere, and even the residents… everything about Sidi Bou Saïd is special. Each small alley has its own story and anecdotes. Sunsets in Sidi Bou Saïd are breathtaking, and you can see them from the top view of the village, or while sipping a tea in one of the traditional coffees of the village like “Café des Délices” or “Café des Nattes”.

bambalouniAnd of course, you can’t go for a walk in Sidi Bou Saïd without trying their famous “Bambalouni”, a sort of sweet donut covered with sugar. You’ve probably understood it, Sidi Bou Saïd is different from anything you can see elsewhere and even if you’re going there for the umpteenth time, you’ll always discover something new in this beautiful white and blue village.

photo credit : villa-jasmin

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