Hammamet

 

Hammamet is a Tunisian town that has a population of over sixty thousand residents, though this number can swell to over eighty thousand residents during the summer months. This is because the town is a popular tourist destination that is well known for its water sports and swimming facilities. The town is also known for its jasmine, which souvenirs are crafted out of and sold to tourist. Around the town is a large suburban area that houses immigrants who come from the southern regions of the country looking for work. This brings in a substantial amount of cash that adds to this town’s economic prosperity.

Hammamet was founded in the first century as a village known as Pupput. This village would go on to become a Roman colony in the second century and enjoyed a period of prosperity. By the thirteenth century, walls were erected around the town and in the fifteenth century the Medina of Hammamet was constructed. During the sixteenth century, the town fell under Spanish rule. The Spanish fortified the kasbah, though there were never any major conflicts in its borders and life here was fairly peaceful. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Hammamet became a mecca for American and European artists. The influx of artists, as well as entrepenuers and socialites, transformed Hammamet from a village to a town. Beautiful walled villas, sweeping gardens and swimming pools were erected in the town. Notable residents during this time included Georges Sebastian, Andre Gide, Paul Klee, Von Arnim and General Erwin Rommel.

In 1956, the country gained its independence from France and positioned itself as a tourist destination. Tunisia immediately started the protection of the French vineyards that surround Hammamet and the restoration of its historical monuments. Today, Hammemet is known for its beautiful beaches, date tree lined shore and beautiful moorish architecture. A popular attraction near the town is Kairouan. Kairouan is the capital of the Kairouan Governorate and has a population of around one hundred and fifty thousand residents. It was established in the seventh century and its name means “military camp”. After its founding, it became an important center for Quranic and Islamic education and attracted Muslims from the world over. Inside the city is the Uqba Holy Mosque. In the Medina quarter of the city is the Souk or market bazaar. Here visitors can buy ceramics, carpets and leather products.

Other attractions in the town of Hammamet include Friguia Park, Monastir, Sidi Bou Said, El Mouradi Hammamet, Medina of Hammamet, George Sebastian Villa, Hammamet Beach, Sinbad Hotel Bar, Center Commercial, Pupput Roman Ruins, Kasbah of Hammamet, Yasmine Golf Course, Carthage, Citrus Golf Course, The Great Mosque, Tunis, Nabeul and Sousse. Restaurants and hotels in the town include Restaurant de la Poste, Restaurant Casades, Chez Achour, Le Phenix de Carthage, Restaurant du peuple, La Nuova Marina, Hotel Bel Azur Hammamet, Les Orangers Beach Resort, Coralia Palm Beach, Thalassa Shalimar, Nahrawess, Minotel Hammamet Kilma, Residence Hammamet, Hotel Residence Mahmoud, Lella baya Hotel and Riu Park El Kebir.