Hammamet is all about beaches. The best one stretches northwest from the medina. Dotted by private hotel areas, it has plenty of public areas, and water-sports facilities at regular intervals. The beach running further up towards Nabeul is also well worth spreading your towel on. There’s a lovely stretch outside the International Cultural Centre. If you have your own transport, you can drive out beyond Yasmine, or catch the bus or Noddy train to the end of the line and then walk – beyond the hotels, it’s empty and wild.