Known as south of the Mediterranean’s Santorini, Sidi Bou Said is a small idyllic seaside town north of Tunis. Perched atop a steep cliff and surrounded by breathtaking Mediterranean views, it’s the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the Tunisian capital and a favored getaway destination for locals and visitors alike
The town’s cobbled streets are lined with art shops, souvenir stalls, and quaint cafés. Brilliant blue-painted doors and trellises contrast beautifully with the pure white of Sidi Bou Said’s Grecian buildings, and the air is scented with trailing bougainvillea.
It was inspired by the palace of Baron Rodolphe d’Erlanger, a famous French painter, and musicologist known for his work in promoting Arab music, who lived in Sid Bou Said from 1909 until his death in 1932.
Since then, the town has become synonymous with art and creativity, having provided a sanctuary for many famous painters, writers, and journalists. Paul Klee was inspired by its beauty, and author and Nobel laureate André Gide had a house here.
Famous influential artists who got inspired by this heavenly small town and chose to either reside there or have a second home in Sidi Bou Said include: Fashion icon & couturier Azzedine Alaya
Swiss German painter Paul Klee, considered to be modern art’s Leonardo DaVinci
French caricaturist and thinker Gustave-Henri Jossot
German expressionist painter August Macke
Swiss painter Louis Moillet
British painter, novelist, poet and occultist Aleister Crowley to name a few.