The most important tourist destination in the country
Sixty kilometers south of the capital stands a monument of culture, heritage, but also modernity. From a city renowned for its architecture, Hammamet has become one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country. With some 73,000 inhabitants, it does not weigh much in the face of weights heavy as Nabeul, its northern neighbor, to which it is also attached, to form a governorate, a concept unrecognized in our countries. With its marina of charm, its activities on all the littoral and its millions of annual visitors, Hammamet has become, by the force of the things (but also by the talent and competition of favorable elements, the climate in mind), a must in the Mediterranean for those seeking a little tourism as we understand it, that of relaxation and tranquility at all costs.
Between the beaches as far as the eye can see, a few coastal plains will give budding walkers a hard time, although it will be more like sand and pebbles underfoot. At less than 250 meters above sea level, the highest point of the city just reaches the ankle of the Atlas Mountains, King of the Maghreb.
HISTORY OF THE CITY
In the 1st century, there was a settlement here known as Pupput. It was a town (now in the suburbs of Hammamet) that became a Roman colony in the 2nd century. In the 13th century, walls around town were built and the medina of Hammamet was built in the 15th century. Then it came under Spanish and Turkish rule.
In 1601 it was the object of a successful Spanish attack. At that time the Spanish name for the place was “La Mahometa”. Alonso de Contreras participated and tells the story in his autobiography. Three hundred men took seven hundred prisoners, mostly women, and children because most of the men in the town had fled.
On 14 August 1605 there was another Spanish attack in which Contreras also participated but this time the result was disastrous for the attackers. It was carried out by six galleys, four from Malta, six from Sicily carrying Spanish, and other Christian troops. The initial taking of the town was successful as the Spanish managed to climb the walls and open the gates but then there was an unexpected call to retreat – it could not be later determined where or how it originated.
In the confusion, the retreat fell into disorder and the Spanish were massacred at the beach by a much smaller number of Moors. There were 1200 men gathered at the beach trying to get back to their ships but the wind had changed and conditions were difficult. The leader of the expedition, Adelantado de Castilla, lost his life as he tried to swim out to the Spanish ships and as the captain in charge of his skiff fled and ignored his calls for help. That captain was later court-martialed and, when it became clear he would be sentenced to death, his own brother poisoned him. This story and more details can be found in Contreras’ autobiography.
In World War II, it became one of the headquarters of the Nazi general Erwin Rommel. Festival international d’Hammamet was established in 1964.
Former Italian prime minister Bettino Craxi died in exile and is buried in Hammamet.
TOP 9 places to see absolutely !
- MEDINA OF HAMMAMET
In the daytime, crowds flock to the alleys of the oldest architectural structure in the city. At night everything is much quieter behind the ramparts.
- FORT OF HAMMAMET
The Kasbah, as it is called, was erected more than half a millennium ago to counter enemy invasions. Today, the military vocation has moved to the second rank of the functions of this building steeped in history.
- GREAT MOSQUE
Six centuries ago, on the shores of the Gulf of Hammamet, a mosque was erected towards which were supposed to lead paths paved with faience and passages decorated with fountains. In the meantime, it became a Koranic school, then a hotspot for tourism.
- VILLAGE KEN
Ignoring improbable dreams and unrealistic utopias, a group of enthusiasts gathered the best craftsmen of the region in this village that has become a museum.
- GOLF CITRUS
Golf is a professional affair, at least on this course! Two tracks of 18 holes are proposed to you, each following a track of 6 kilometers in the shade of the olive trees.
- HAMMAMET BEACHES
All around the medina, dozens of beaches are waiting to welcome you, feet in the sand or in the hot Mediterranean water.
- FRIGUIA PARK
A few hours of happiness to predict in this zoological complex where hundreds of animals of the world evolve in semi-freedom.
- THE VILLA SEBASTIAN
We can not miss the bright white walls of Villa Sebastian, its pool, and gardens. Considered one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, the villa is a work of traditional Tunisian architecture.
It is an archaeological site of the Roman era includes the remains of a necropolis, mansions and columns.
The Best attractions in Hammamet
True paradise for the holidays, Hammamet North or South going up to Yassmin Hammamet consist of series of hotels of high standing and all different.
You can choose to reside in a fully-equipped all-inclusive club, in a beautiful house inspired by Tunisian tradition, or in a palace from a tale of Thousand and One Nights; unless you prefer such a palace that stands out for its daring modern architecture.
Balneotherapy and fitness centers, swimming pools, luxury bars, exotic cuisine restaurants are just some of the services offered by these establishments.
And if you are tired of the pleasures of the beach, many opportunities for recreation are available to you: water activities of all kinds, ice rink, discotheques, casinos…
- Carthage Land
Theme park on ancient Carthage, wide variety of rides and shows, and water playground.
- The Flipper Water Park
- Funwater Hammamet
- Pirate Boat Hammamet
- Dreamy Sea Waterpark
- Zizou Paintball Club
- International Hammamet Festival
It’s a seaside resort developed in the late 1990s. It is an integrated tourist resort on the model of Port El Kantaoui, open like this one on the Gulf of Hammamet. A reproduction of an Arab medina baptized Medina Mediterranea, with its ramparts, souks, traditional habitat, a theme park Carthage Land and a conference center have been developed. In addition, two casinos, seven thalassotherapy centers, a 1.5-kilometer-long esplanade with shopping malls, green spaces, and entertainment centers complete the resort’s layout.
The marina, the heart of the resort, has 719 seats against 149 originally planned, a multipurpose room with 2,000 seats. Five kilometers away are two Yasmine and Citrus golf courses. The recent development of the Yasmine Hammamet Marina reinforces the importance of the tourism industry in the local economy. Indeed, famous since the second half of the twentieth century, the city offers tourists long beaches along the Gulf bearing his name.
You will feel the holidays in HAMMAMET!