The activities in Sousse are an original way of getting closer to the local customs, arts, traditions and religion. There are museums, minarets, centuries-old walls and the great medina, a Unesco World Heritage Site. You will need at least a couple of days to see the main sights in this famous town in Tunisia, but a little longer will help you enjoy your visit even more.
What to do and what to see in Sousse
- Medina of Sousse: The medina is the heart of the town; everything moves around it in Sousse. When you look at it from the outside, it looks like a fort with interesting walls, but as soon as you enter, you will see winding lanes lined with colourful shops. The walls, 8m tall, date from the year 859. Inside there are as many as 24 mosques.
- Tower of Khalaf al-Fata: Being more than 30m high, this tower offers vistas of Sousse, the port and the Mediterranean Sea in the background. A narrow spiral staircase gets you to the top but the climb is worth the effort.
- El Ribat fortress: This Byzantine fortress was built in the eighth century and later rebuilt by the Almoravids. Actually, it is one of the symbols of Sousse. Today it is home to an important cultural centre in which major events are held.
- Mosaic Museum: This excellent archaeological museum occupies a section of the old kasbah in the medina of Sousse. One of the best collections of mosaics in Tunisia is housed in the rooms of this small museum, which has been recently renovated for more interesting and comprehensive tours.
- Great Mosque of Sousse: The Great Mosque, a simple building in the Arab architectural style from the year 850, is in the heart of town. In spite of being in the middle of it all, the mosque oozes peace and tranquillity. Visitors must dress properly to enter the temple, but you can hire a tunic in a nearby shop.
- Traditional House Museum: This house, which used to belong to an old local family, was converted to a museum by its last inhabitant. It offers the chance to get into a genuine Tunisian home, with fine decorative objects from countries around the world.
- Catacombs from the early Christian period: Sousse has dozens of underground burial chambers dated from the second to the fourth century. Protected against pillage, they are pretty well preserved. A section of the catacombs is open to the public; access is to be found on the outskirts of Sousse.
HOTELS IN SOUSSE
Hotels in Sousse
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