Attractions

Museum in Mahdia

Musée de Mahdia

The ground floor of this small museum is home to three superb mosaics: an amazingly lifelike face of a Gorgon (3rd century AD), a delightful depiction of Orpheus charming the animals (late 2nd century AD), and an at…
Medina in Mahdia

Medina

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…
Beach in Mahdia

Mahdia Main Beach

Stretching from Ave Taïeb Mihiri in Centre Ville to the Zone Touristique, Mahdia's long sandy beach is a drawcard for locals and tourists alike. Whether for swimming in the relatively benign surf or walking its leng…
Square in Mahdia

Place du Caire

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 centr…
Gate in Mahdia

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 50m long, that was once protected by a series of gates –…
Fortress in Mahdia

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. T…
Mosque in Mahdia

Great Mosque

Mahdia's fortress-like Great Mosque is a modern replica of the Fatimid original built by Obeid Allah in AD 921, which was destroyed when retreating Spanish troops blew up the city walls in 1554. Prayer times here ar…