This small coastal outpost is famed for the decisive victory won here by the Allies during WWII. More than 80,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in the series of desert battles fought nearby, which helped cement Allied control of North Africa. The thousands of graves in the Commonwealth, German and Italian war cemeteries in the vicinity of the town are a bleak reminder of the losses.
Much cheerier are the fine sands and heavenly water of the nearby beaches. Finding a place to access the sea is easier if you’re staying at one of the local resorts, but there are a few places where independent travellers can get in the water.