This city was named after Abu Sa’id ibn Khalif Ibn Yahya al-Baiji, a holy Muslim man who spent most of his time studying and teaching in Olive Mosque has done. On his return from Hajj, he was fascinated by the peace and quiet of a small village called Jabal al-Manar. The name of this village means the mountain of fire and refers to the sea light that was used on this mountain in the past to guide ships sailing in the Gulf of Tunisia. Abu Sa’id spent the rest of his life meditating and praying in Jabal al-Manar and died there in 1231. His tomb gradually became a place of pilgrimage for Muslims, and over time, a city grew around it and was named Sidi Bou Saeed in his honor.
The village of Sidi Bousaid in Tunisia did not have its blue and white design until the early 1920s. The design is inspired by the palace of Baron Rudolf de Erlanger, a famous French painter and musician known for promoting Arabic music. He worked in the village of Sidi Bousaid in Tunisia from 1909 to 1932, and since then, the city has become a center of art and creativity.
For many visitors, the best way to spend time in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bousaid is to walk through the old town, explore the winding streets and stop to see the city’s galleries and art workshops. On the sidewalks there are booths whose products are handicrafts and jasmine perfume bottles. Be sure to go to the lighthouse location; Where the spectacular views of the Gulf of Tunisia await you. Visit Baron Rudolph de Erlanger’s house as you walk. Named after the shining star (Ennejma Ezzahra), the palace reflects the Baron’s commitment and love for Arabic culture.
Its architecture is in the style of modern Neo-Moorish architecture, which is one of the oldest construction techniques in Saudi Arabia and Andalusia. The palace, which has a gate with a beautiful arch, has amazing wood carvings, plastering and tiling. You can also visit the Arabic and Mediterranean Music Center to see the heritage of musicology.
There are only four hotels in the village of Sidi Bousaid in Tunisia, the most popular of which is La Villa Bleue. The villa is a masterpiece with the usual blue and white colors, narrow columns, delicate plaster and marble. This place has 13 rooms and its presence brings intimacy and tranquility that can be related to the reputation of this city as a holy place. A restaurant with delicious food, two outdoor swimming pools with extensive sea views and a spa will complete your day.
You do not know what food to choose when you enter a restaurant. Does it depend on whether you are looking for a good lunch or a cheap lunch in a reputable cafe? For the latter, try Au Bon Vieux Temps, a romantic garden-restaurant with a delicious menu of classic Mediterranean and Tunisian cuisine. Good food is complemented by magical ocean views and excellent service. If you feel more thirsty than hunger, go to the Café des Nattes; A truly unique café in Sidi Bousaid that both locals and tourists alike love for mint tea, Arabic coffee and hookah.
If you are going to Tunisia with a tour, Sidi Bousaid is probably one of the planned stops for you. In this case, you are probably going there by tour bus and you should not worry too much. However, those who travel there independently can easily reach the city by car or taxi or by public transport. Sidi Busaid is connected to the center by a regular return train called TGM and the journey takes about 35 minutes. Slower people should know that from the train station to the heart of the old town, they have to walk a steep path.