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Nabeul (Transfer time from Tunis Airport 1 hour and Monastir Airport 90 minutes)

Nabeul of the ancient Neapolis and administrative capital of the Cap Bon region is an important centre for handicrafts. Glazed pottery, a craft introduced by the Andalusians in the 15th century can be found in a number of shops and bazaars. Nabeul is also well known for mats woven from rushes and esparto grass, for silver and silk embroidery, and for the distilling of Jasmine, orange-flowers and roses. Nabeul has a character of its own and is much smaller resort by comparison to the popular resort of Hammamet which is just a further 12 kilometres away along the coast and easily reached by local taxi.

  Souk Ceramics display
Orange Festival monument

What to see: Certainly visit the shops and bazaars of Nabeul where you can watch as the potters wheel spins out a work of art or an artist weaving intricate embroidery and don't miss the famous Friday market where you can buy anything from even a real or stuffed camel to a weeks supply groceries. The orange flower festival is held at the end of March and beginning of April each year. If you're into culture then make a short taxi journey to Hammamet and visit Sebastian House, now the theatre of International Cultural Centre of Hammamet, you can make a tour of the house and gardens, enjoy refreshments around the sumptuous pool and during the balmy summer months enjoy the Arts in the delightful open-air amphitheatre. Whilst in Hammamet visit the old Medina and enjoy a coffee or mint tea in the café with marvellous sea views which sits on top of the old fort.

Where to go: Nabeul is ideally placed for visiting the Cap Bon region, often described at the 'Garden of Tunisia' and one of the most important areas for the production of wine. Hire a self-drive car and make a day trip around the region visiting El Haouaria, Kerkouane, Korbous and Kelibia or if you prefer your tours to be fully guided then take a full day excursion visiting the capital City of Tunis, Ancient Carthage and the pretty fishing village of Sidi Bou Said.

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