Sidi Ali El Mekki beach, on the southern side of Cap Farina at the edge of the Ghar El Melh lagoon, regularly tops the charts of the most beautiful beaches in Tunisia. Favoured by well-off Tunisians, it has broad expanses of fine-grain sand and peaceful blue sea – and can be packed out with visitors during the summer.
The town takes its name from the local saint, whose whitewashed tomb sits on the hill above the beach. It attracts a mixture of the devout, who light candles in the hope of saintly intercession, and the curious, attracted at least in part by the spectacular view. Come dressed in a bit more than swimwear.