The third largest city in Tunisia, Sousse, is located 140 km south of the capital city of Tunis. This picturesque port town is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Hammamet, which makes it an excellent holiday destination for all those looking to discover the charms of a new exotic city with all the benefits of staying in a coastal town.
Sousse is a perfect destination all year round, due to the pleasant climate even in the winter months, when the average temperature does not usually fall below 13° C (55.4° F). Although warmer, the temperature in summer oscillates around 30° C (86° F), which is perfect for a dip in the pool at one of our hotels in Sousse.
Explore the charming corners of this thousand-year-old city in depth and discover a world of attractions.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Medina of Sousse was built in the ninth century and is the most visited part of the city. In the medina, you must visit the Ribat, which has the oldest mihrab (prayer niche) in North Africa. It is also worth visiting the Abd el Kader Mosque and the Great Mosque of Sousse.
Also, in the precinct of the Medina is the Kasbah (fortress), which boasts architectural beauty and is also worth visiting due to the large collection of Roman mosaics on show at the Archaeological Museum of Sousse, located inside the building. Moreover, if you climb the Tower of Khalaf al Fata, you will have spectacular views over the city.
Once you have explored the entire medina, check out the Dar Am Taïeb, the museum of the artist Taïeb Ben Hadj Ahred, who turned his house into a space full of works and sculptures, created using recycled materials
One kilometre south of the Kasbah, the locals will show you the way to the entrance to the catacombs of the city. This underground necropolis of narrow walkways is home to more than 15,000 Roman tombs dug into the walls and is perfect for the most curious explorers.
Sousse is an ideal city for taking a stroll in the streets and discovering the real essence of the city. You can spend hours in the Souk er-Ribba marvelling at the many products, while you barter with the shopkeepers and find the best bargains. If you are in town on a Sunday, it is also advisable to visit the Souk al-Ahad, the weekly market, where you will find all kinds of fresh products and local crafts.
If you want to take a day trip outside Sousse to see some other sights of Tunisia, a good option is to visit the city of Monastir. There, you can explore the fascinating Medina by the sea, which is especially interesting because its original walls are practically intact and it contains beautiful public gardens. In the city centre you can also visit the imposing Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum, the Ribat which played a starring role in Monty Python's Life of Brian film, and the Great Mosque of Monastir.
Close to the Iberostar Selection Diar El Andalous you will find the Port El Kataoui golf course, where you can practice your swing and improve your handicap in this 36-hole golf course.
If water sports are more your thing, then go speeding around the Mediterranean on a jet ski, go for a relaxing kayak ride or dare to climb aboard a flyingfish, -only recommended for the brave! On the beaches of Sousse there are numerous water sports companies with a host of activities on offer.
If you are visiting Sousse with your family, a good idea for the kids to have a great time is to take them to the Aqua Palace water park, which is the largest in Tunisia. There, your children can have fun throwing themselves down the water slides, floating down the lazy river or swimming in the huge wave pool.
The culture of tearooms in North Africa is a ritual, so if you want to experience the authentic North African experience, you should visit one of the cafes where the locals spend the afternoon smoking shisha and drinking Moorish tea. The Taj Mahal Café, for example, is a good place to relax like the locals.
Although you can find many restaurants adapted to western taste in Sousse, you can’t leave this region without trying some local food. Being a seaside town, this is a great place to eat some fantastic fresh fish. Try the poisson complet (whole fish) or the tuna caught by net. You should also try the couscous and delicious sweets like the almond makrouhd. If you want to try the most well-known Tunisian dishes without having to leave the hotel, at the Iberostar Selection Diar El Andalous you can try dishes such as roast lamb or savoury pastries called briks at the Tunisian Tent restaurant.
Another of the reasons to visit Sousse is for the nightlife. If you take a stroll through the seafront area you will notice activity increases once the sun has set. Have a cocktail in a pub or choose among all the clubs, where you will see other tourists dancing to the best electronic music. In addition, there is also a good offer of casinos.
If you are already convinced that Sousse is going to be the destination for your next holiday, then don’t forget the Iberostar Selection Diar El Andalous is at your service to make your stay in the city truly magical.
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