Hammamet, at the southern tip on Cap Bon, is Tunisia’s busiest beach resort town, but in the winter all its colourful tourist boats are left high and dry on the sand as they wait for warmer weather and the crowds to return. Although Hammamet is very touristy, planning restrictions which prevent the construction of hotels higher than the palm trees give this town a more laid-back feel than some of the newer resorts along other parts of the Mediterranean coast.
According to my Lonely Planet guidebook, Hammamet’s metamorphosis from a quiet fishing village began in the 1920s when it became the playground of the European jet set led by millionaire George Sebastian. Lonely Planet describes Hammamet as still “relatively restrained” with its small centre overlooked by a “Disney-perfect medina”. This shot of the bay to the north-west of the medina was taken from the top of the walls of the medina.
Usual PP: cropped, adjusted levels, contrast, saturation and USM.
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kensimage (8565) 2006-01-10 11:58
A nice wide-view shot, David. The boats are scattered in a harmonious way (probably because they follow the outline of the water.) You sure get clear air in the off-season, makes for better photography! Regards, Ken.
cleocat (221) 2006-01-10 14:39
vEry clear, nice colours. Interesting info. Great capture.
richtersl (3546) 2006-01-11 7:28
This looks and sounds like a lovely place to take a vacation. The curvature of the shoreline is nicely accented with the colorful boats.
jbweasle (9395) 2006-01-20 4:13
Hello David, this is a bold, colourful picture. It shows well the new activity of windsurfing in the context of the traditional fishing boats and houses. It's good to see that this place doesn't look like the typical tourist beach resort.
sergio1 (12152) 2006-08-31 5:37
I remember very well Hammamet, magnific place. I like the pov and compo. Good saturations control and expossure. I love the white houses.
Thanks for share
pari_ali (433) 2006-10-30 9:42
I like that, not allowing them to build higher than the trees. I am so tempted to echo my daughters' usual line "how cool is that!"
The picture is lovely... the boats provide the brilliant dashes of colour. Looks like a lovely place.
colibriav (2198) 2007-11-30 16:17
Bonita fotografia de un gran pais. Una zona perfecta para pasar unas vacaciones.
Me encanta la cantidad de paises que tienes fotografiados, no te queda ni un rincon del planeta.
Un saludo desde España:
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-12-26
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, UV
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-01-10 10:49