Stroll through the quiet back streets (cars prohibited) and take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere.
Sightseeing in Sidi Bou Said is more about strolling the lanes while enjoying the atmosphere than the list of sights and attractions, but don't miss a coffee or tea at Café des Nattes (upper end of the main square), where it's time for a little change of exterior or interior appearance. For this typical Moroccan cafe.
If you are looking for the best views, you can stroll up to the mausoleum of Abu Said El Beji (below the lighthouse) where there are incomparable views of the Gulf of Tunis and Carthage.
Dar Nejmet Ezzahra Palace in Sidi Bou Said
This beautifully restored old residence dates back to the early 1900s, when it was built for French painter and musician Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger known for his multi-volume work tracing the history of Arabic music.
There is a wide range of the Baron's traditional musical instruments inside, as well as some of his paintings.
The real reason to visit here is to see the interior, with its intricate handicraft features cherry-picking the best of traditional Tunisian architecture, and to see the gardens with their splendid views across the Mediterranean.
Dar Annabi Museum in Sidi Bou Said
This is a great opportunity to peek inside a traditional style house in Sidi Bou Said. The family who lives here has opened some rooms, so that visitors can see the typical design and layout of local houses.
Some rooms depict local life, but the real highlight here is simply the view of the interiors with stained ceramic tiles and stained glass details.
After the visit, the family usually serves tea in the courtyard; Great opportunity to chat with the locals in Sidi Bou Said.
Art Galleries in Sidi Bou Said
Continuing Sidi Bou Said's artistic heritage, today there are many small art galleries here focusing on artworks by contemporary Tunisian painters.
The best of these are the Place de la Gare and the A Gorgi (Sidi El Ghamrini Street) gallery which spotlight local artists with a schedule of rotating exhibitions.