My third visit and little has changed, except more hotels and more rubbish. This purpose built resort has really taken off in the last ten years and tourists now frequent Yasmin Hammamet instead of the 'original' Hammamet. There is a beautiful marina at one end of the resort, housing expensive yachts and catamarans and from where the tourists board the 'pirate' boats to enjoy half a day of walking the plank, swimming in the sea and getting drunk on Tunisian beer. Access to the resort is marshalled by police at the main check point into the town and so it is very safe. There is one main street apart from the promenade to the marina. This street houses the purpose built Median and Carthage Land, a tourists attraction based upon Hannibal and his 'crossing of the alps with elephants'. There are also many 'fixed price' shops to buy good copies of designer handbags, shoes, belts, watches, shirts, ties etc. (We bought a number of early Christmas gifts for family members who relish 'designer' goods - but they will not be able to tell!) There are some 'barter' shops particularly in the Medina. Generally, you don't get hassled and simply saying, 'No Thank You' is enough.
Be wary of the young guy who says he works at your hotel and offers to show you around. He is lying and it is just a ploy to get your trust!
Once you have done the main street and the marina there are few places to go. Never mind, the marina is very active at night with a wealth of cheap and good quality restaurants and bars and the shops, tattoo places and beach bars stay open late into the night. Taxis are very cheap and if your are staying at a 'good' hotel you can also access other hotels. A taxi ride from one end of the promenade to the other is about 3 dinar or £1.25.
Sadly, although this purpose built holiday resort is flourishing from a 'hotel build' point of view, no one seems to be 'caring' for the town as a whole and the rubbish builds up considerable, with weeds everywhere on the public walkways and some public building projects such as ornate fountains and shopping precincts around the marina, have been abandoned before completion.
All that said, I will return, simply for the laid back relaxing feel, and the sun!
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