SIDI BOU SAID
Sidi Bou Said is town in northern Tunisia, with its distinctive blue-and-white color scheme, cobbled streets and jaw-dropping glimpses of azure waters. The cliff-top village of Sidi Bou Said is one of the prettiest spots in Tunisia. Named after a 13 century Sufi saint, its distinctive architecture is a mix of the Ottoman and the Andalusian, a result of the influx of spanish muslims in the 16 centuries. For the french, the sleepy fishing village was a perfect depiction of the orientalism romanticized by europeans in the 19 centuries, and they committed to ensuring that its character, both real and imagined, was preserved. The village is quite small, and you can visit every street of the village in no more than 2-3 hours. On the top of the hill there is a beautiful view of the surrounding bay. Sidi Bou Said is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Past residents and visitors include artist Paul Klee, author André Gide, philosopher Michel Foucault, and arty British eccentrics Osbert and Edith Sitwell.