Nabeul is also a reputed craft centre; you can purchase beautiful pottery and decorative objects made of leather and metal. If you want to escape from this tranquil resort a little, Hammamet is not far away!
You can visit the centre of Nabeul by carriage or on foot along the streets with pleasantly decorated houses with doors made from studded wood. The numerous shops, whose contents pours out onto the pavement are bursting with ceramic plates painted in bright colours. It is one of the specialties of Nabeul. You will find a remarkable choice here.
Take the time to haggle. Not only will you receive a much more attractive price, but you will have the pleasure of chatting with the shop assistant. Remember also that the crafts of Nabeul focus on floral waters, embroidered blouses and decorative wrought iron.
Dotted with numerous shopping streets for you to get some souvenirs, Nabeul is also well known for its weekly market, which takes place on Friday morning. Located on Camel Market Square, the agricultural and craft fair gather a good part of the local population. Here, you can buy excellent fruit and vegetables grown in the region, and the displays will certainly make your mouth water.
Day trips to Tunis, Carthage and Sidi Bou Said are essential. In a group, you will not have to worry about identifying sites to see, but you will be accompanied by a crowd of tourists. It is possible to make the same excursion individually by taking the bus to Tunis (several departures per day), then the train to Carthage and Sidi Bou Saïd.
The Regional Archaeological Museum located along Habib Bourguiba Avenue includes a historical map of Nabeul, as well as very fine pieces from Punic and Roman times. Pottery, oil lamps, jewellry, coins, vases and amphorae make up the collections. The oldest objects date back to the seventh century BC and hark back to the city's Punic period. The others were made up until the third century BC.
Rent a car and leave for the discovery of Cap Bon. It is a mainly agricultural region, surrounded by beautiful beaches that have not yet been taken over by hotels.
Choose Nabeul instead of Hammamet (when the hotels are full). Although Hammamet is busy in high season, Nabeul remains an area for relaxing as a family.
Couscous (with chicken or lamb). You can find buffets in the major hotels more and more (offered as a speciality or during Tunisian evenings). Try also other recipes of the country such as the fingers of Fatma (pastry stuffed with white chicken, potatoes and capers), tajine (omelette with meat and potatoes) and the brick (triangle of dough filled with tuna and a half-cooked egg).
As for pottery, Nabeul is a renowned centre for this craft. Take time to stroll between the displays to get an idea of different qualities. Broadly speaking, the non-glazed clay is for decorative use but depending on their mode of fabrication, the dishes, even glazed, can split after being in the oven. Do not hesitate to visit a manufacturing centre if you wish to take something home as a souvenir.