Sidi Bou Said is a town in northern Tunisia located about 20 km from the capital, Tunis.
Cafe de delice and coast view
Named for a religious figure who lived there, Abu Said al-Baji, it was previously called Jabal el-Menara. The town itself is a tourist attraction and is known for its extensive use of blue and white. It can be reached by a TGM train, which runs from Tunis to La Marsa.
In the 12th century/13th century AD Abu Said ibn Khalaf Yahya al-Tamimi al-Beji arrived in the village of Jabal el-Menara and established a sanctuary. After his death in 1231, he was buried there. In the 18th century Turkish governors of Tunis and wealthy citizens of the latter-built residences in Sidi Bou Said.
During the 1920s, Rodolphe d’Erlanger applied the blue-white theme all over the town. His home, Ennejma Ezzahra, is now a museum that has a collection of musical instruments and organizes concerts of classical and Arabic music.