Hammamet: Exploring the Medina
This morning we caught the bus into the town of Hammamet. As is
customary we waited for a while for the bus and then two came along at
once. One was a small air conditioned minibus, the other a large bendy
bus. We joined the queue for the minibus, then decided to go for the bendy
bus. After a closer look the bendy bus was rather full and looked
uncomfortable, so we went back to the minibus. We were expecting people to
get off along the way but no one did. Luckily the bus stopped by the
Medina in Hammamet so we got off. We later worked out we had been on the
bus to Neubel, the next town along from Hamamet. Safely in Hammamet we
explored. It has a rather pretty sea front, with the local fishing boats
anchored in the bay.
We then went into the Medina (the old walled town) and into the fort. There wasn’t much in the fort, but the views from the walls were beautiful. We wandered around the
Medina which was full of tourist shops. With the narrow streets the vendors had a habit of standing in your way trying to force you into their shop. Unfortunately the only way to get past was to be rude and barge past them.
After a quick visit to the supermarket we decided to head back to the Marina. We noticed one of the motorized tourist trains was labeled as the “Yasmine Express” so we enquired about where he went to. It did go to the marina so we decided to do the tourist thing and get the train. It was a fun ride, although uncomfortable for the 6km back to the Marina. Well we’ve done it once and that will be enough.
Below are pictures of: The city from the top of the fort; The local beach & bay; A local carrying last nights catch ashore; A typical traditional Tunisian door.