Sousse is a city surrounded by a vast beach of white sand, an immense restored Medina, a large industrial presence, one of the most important fishing ports in Tunisia and an enormous university center. These factors make it one of those cities that remain engraved in your mind’s eye and leave you speechless at times. With incredible life all year round and a world of cultural visits to put your name down for, the city leaves no room for boredom.
One of the most fascinating parts of the city is its Medina, classified by UNESCO as Heritage of Humanity. Its main street, literally covered in small stores which will delight visitors who love the type of shopping in which bargaining is the only method of conversation, leads out to the Great Mosque which, built in the 9th century, stands on the foundations of an ancient fortress and is still used today for afternoon prayers. Nearby, Riba fortress, built in the 8th century, from which there is an incredible view of the Medina, the port and the sea, and where you can visit some guard rooms which lead into a large courtyard that tourists simply cannot afford to miss.
Other places to visit are the Sousse Museum, the second most important in the country, which houses some incredible mosaics taken from the catacombs of the Good Shepherd, which are also open to the public. In addition, you should also make some time in your agenda for the Dar Essid Museum, a 10th century house, which recreates the life of the family which gives it its name, an aristocratic family of the 19th century who enjoyed a level of wellbeing that not many could afford.
But beyond the Medina, the Mosque and their emblematic buildings, Sousse is a modern city, very vibrant and full of life due to its student community and the great fishing and industrial activity. Movie theaters, cafés, restaurants and a similar offer to what you would find in some European cities serve to make you aware that this city, while focused on its very rich history, knows how to look to the future.
Do not miss: A good meal in the Café Seles, one of those places in the Medina that have managed to adapt themselves to the times and the visitors they receive, without losing the quality of their products or the welcoming manner of their owners. In addition, it boasts some excellent views over the Medina.
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