Erin Harvey Lonely Planet

What better way to appreciate the azure sea and the imposing cliff coastline of Sidi Bou Saïd than to get out on the water? Strap on a life jacket and kayak or windsurf onto the Med, where the beauty of this old artist’s enclave can be enjoyed from below. Staff are friendly and helpful, but English is not widely spoken.

Lessons are available, but experienced water-sport enthusiasts can also rent equipment at reasonable prices.