Mahdia is a provincial center north of Sfax.

The city of Mahdia was the subject of several conquests and was the capital of the Fatimid in the 10th century.

Today, having become a small touristic city, Mahdia seduces its visitors with its white sand beaches, its crystal-clear sea and its calm.

The charming marine cemetery, where the simple white tombs slope gently towards the sea. A few boats glide across the surface of a pool cut into the rock, an ancient Punic port.

Great Mosque

Mahdia’s Great Mosque is a modern replica of the Fatimid original built by Obeid Allah in AD 921, which was destroyed.

Skifa El Kahla

This massive fortified gate, one of Tunisia’s finest, is all that survives of the original Fatimid city. Entry is through a narrow, vaulted passageway, almost 50 m long, that was once protected by a series of gates – one of them a suitably oversized iron portcullis.


Mahdia’s medina is more residential than others in Tunisia, especially the closer you get to the lighthouse at Cap d’Afrique, where the peninsula narrows and the sea is only steps away. Here, the narrow, cobblestone streets are lined by whitewashed houses and the occasional corner shop.

Square in Mahdia

Outdoor cafes shaded by trees and vines offer the perfect places to relax and contemplate the ornate arched doorway and octagonal minaret of the Mosque of Mustapha Hamza, built in 1772 when this square was the center of the town’s wealthy Turkish quarter.

Borj El Kebir

This large fortress stands on the highest point of the peninsula, rising above Mahdia’s medina with a brooding and unadorned severity. It was built in the 16th century on the ruins of an earlier Fatimid structure. There’s not much to see inside, but good views can be had from the ramparts.

Road transport

Located about 167 km south-east of Tunis.

Air transport

The closest airport in Tunisia is Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport in a distance of 40 km, North-West.