Cuisine and restaurants of Yasmine Hammamet
According to wholevehicles, Yasmine Hammamet is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the delights of fish Mediterranean and Tunisian cuisine. The inhabitants of Hammamet traditionally love sea delicacies and have succeeded quite well in their preparation in different ways. Yasmine’s restaurants cluster in two strategic locations – the yacht port and the tourist medina (Médina Méditerranea), a specially built shopping and entertainment complex in the style of an old Arab city behind the fortress wall. On the street of restaurants in the port of pleasure yachts (perpendicular to the piers and slightly inland), there are about a dozen restaurants of Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood, as well as an impressive list of Tunisian dishes on the menu. Expect to give away 10-12 TNDfor snacks (caps with olives, harissa, tuna and other small food are brought free of charge), 15-30 TND for main courses, from 10 to 25 TND per 100 gr. fish (sea bream, sea wolf and other noble inhabitants of local waters; ordered as a whole) and from 25 TND to 33 TND for a bottle of local wine.
For Marseille bouillabaisse fish soup, head to the eponymous restaurant – La Bouillabaisse, located at the shopping center opposite the Laico Hotel. Here it is cooked like nowhere else in Tunisia!
The second place of accumulation of restaurants is the tourist medina. The local emphasis is on traditional Tunisian dishes: couscous, lamb in a pot, fish soups-shorbs and all kinds of meat stews. Of course, you can also try wonderful fish dishes here. The price range is similar.
Sheherazade Restaurant hosts oriental dance shows on Fridays during the off-season and every day in the summer. Starting at 20:30, advance booking required.
You can also try Moroccan cuisine in Yasmine: the Alhambra Hotel has a fine restaurant with a rich oriental interior.
5 things to do in Yasmine Hammamet
- Pamper your body and soul with thalassotherapy treatments at one of the many spas.
- Feel like a child in the entertainment complex Carthage Land.
- Try national cuisine in one of the restaurants in the yacht port.
- Take a steam bath in a real La Perle de la Medina hammam.
- Walk on a fine evening along the 1.5-kilometer promenade under the canopy of date palms.
Shopping and shops
Souvenir shops are located in Yasmine Hammamet literally at every step: in every hotel, on the promenade and on the second main street, as well as in the tourist medina. This is very convenient, but not always beneficial for the wallet. We recommend going to the medina of Hammamet or Nabeul to get an idea of the prices, and only then buy something within walking distance from your hotel. Bravo Supermarket (Hotel Laico building) sells groceries, cosmetics and small household items, as well as alcohol.
On Fridays, the wine department is hung with a cloth so as not to embarrass the feelings of believers (this is a holy day for Muslims and the sale of alcohol in state stores is prohibited). But Bravo is a tourist-oriented store, so you can carefully remove the cloth and buy everything you need.
For interesting and unhackneyed gizmos, go to the Negrat boutique in the tourist medina of Yasmine. Your attention will be offered chased and forged products, blown glass, pretty ceramics, as well as a large selection of lamps and candlesticks.
In the medina of Yasmine Hammamet you can settle: the two-story buildings of the Diar Lemdina Hotel are scattered along the stylized Arabic streets.
Side by side with the entrance to Bravo there is a swimwear shop with a very rich selection (in case yours is suddenly washed away by the treacherous sea). There is a night pharmacy next to El Mehari.
- Where to buy souvenirs in Yasmine Hammamet
The beaches of Yasmine Hammamet
The beaches of Hammamet and, in particular, Yasmin, along with the Mahdi ones, are considered among the best in Tunisia. Their distinctive feature is a wide coastline, which allows you to stay at a comfortable distance from other vacationers even in high season. The bottom is traditionally flat for Tunisia, with a gradual increase in depth, which is especially convenient for families with small children. In isolated places on the beaches of Yasmine Hammamet, accumulations of algae washed ashore by waves are possible, but such areas are regularly cleaned by the beach staff of the hotel to which they belong. As elsewhere on the resort coast, water activities are at the service of vacationers: a parachute, a scooter, a catamaran and various inflatable bananas, bagels and rafts.
There is a promenade between most of the hotels in Yasmine Hammamet and the beach. Formally, hotels are considered to be on the first line, but in reality you need to cross the road.
Hotels and thalasso
Well-known thalassotherapy centers in Yasmine Hammamet operate at Hasdrubal Thalassa 5* De Luxe hotels (the largest and most luxurious in the resort), Alhambra 5*, Vincci Lella Baya 5*, Iberostar Solaria 5*, Iberostar Belisaire 4*, Laico Hammamet 5* and El Mehari 5*.