Sousse is one of the older cities in Tunisia possessing an authentic medina, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located on the coast, it has good beaches and a clear turquoise sea.

All of Sousse’s sights are located within the labyrinthine medina in the heart of the city.

Sousse’s old city has aspects that made it ideal as a film location. Most famous is «Raiders of the Lost Ark», where Sousse represents Cairo.

Ribat

Northwest of Sousse’s Great Mosque, the tower of the Ribat is the city’s major landmark. This was one of a chain of around 800 fortifications built by the Aghlabid dynasty along the Tunisian coast.

Several scholars have suggested that these Muslim warrior holy men provided a model for the later Christian knightly orders. Sousse Ribat now ranks with the Ribat of Monastir as one of the best preserved in Tunisia.

Kasbah

Built in AD 859 on the site of an earlier Byzantine fortress, the Kasbah is one of Sousse’s grandest monuments. Its 30-meter Khalaf al Fata tower is one of the oldest towers still standing in North Africa. The Kasbah’s topmost platform is 50 m above that of the Ribat, making it the best place to get medina views.

Medina

The medina of Sousse is one of the finest examples of Arab architecture in Tunisia, preserved almost completely unchanged throughout the centuries. The warren of alleyways is surrounded by a two-kilometer circuit of walls, built in AD 859.

Narrow lanes are lined with closely packed houses, rising up and leaving just a sliver in between.

Great Mosque

Built c. 850 AD, this mosque is simple and austere in the Aghlabite style, no decoration whatsoever aside from a string of angular Arabic and curved arches. Even the prayer room is covered in reed mats instead of the usual carpet.

Catacombs

Discovered in 1888, this large complex of Early Christian catacombs is a maze of underground passages and chambers hewed from soft local rock between the 2nd and 4th centuries. A total of some 15000 people was wrapped in shrouds and buried here in wall niches of the catacombs, often placed in tiers one above the other and closed by tiles or marble plaques.

Dar Esid

This charming little museum located just within the old city, is the home of a long-standing Tunisian family that has now become a museum with the passing of the last family member. The property centers on an open courtyard from which access to all the rooms can be gained, including bedrooms for the first and second wife and, in turn, to the children’s rooms. All are delightfully fully furnished, with some curtains dating back 200 years, and with German clocks imported from the 1800’s. The house is complete with a tower, originally used to watch the stars for the onset of Ramadan, from which views over Sousse can be gained.

Air Transport

The closest airport in Tunisia is Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport in a distance of 13 km and frequently used by holiday charter flights.

At the moment the newer airport called Enfida (located around 50 km by road from Sousse) is much more popular than the one in Monastir.

Road transport

Located about 118 km south of Tunis.