Attractions

Fort in Sousse

Ribat

The ribat is northwest of the mosque and is the oldest monument in the medina, built in the final years of the 8th century AD. The entrance is through a narrow arched doorway flanked by weathered columns salvaged fr…
Museum in Sousse

Sousse Archaeological Museum & Kasbah

Sousse’s excellent archaeological museum, which occupies the southern section of the kasbah, was closed for renovation at the time of writing. One of the best collections of mosaics in the country is housed in the r…
Museum in Sousse

Musée Dar Essid

This small, private museum is also not to be missed. In a quiet part of the medina, it occupies a beautiful old home, furnished in the style of a well-to-do 19th-century Sousse official and his family. The dimension…
Mosque in Sousse

Great Mosque

The Great Mosque is a typically austere Aghlabid affair. It was built, according to a Kufic (early Arabic) inscription in the courtyard, in AD 851 by a freed slave called Mudam, on the instructions of the Aghlabid r…
Beach in Sousse

Boujaffar Beach

Sousse’s Boujaffar Beach, with its multikilometre stretch of high-rise hotels, cafes and restaurants, is the city’s landmark. Named somewhat incongruously after a local Muslim holy man, the soft, sandy strip is a pl…
Museum in Sousse

Dar Am Taïeb Museum

Also known as Musée Privé d’Art Contemporain, this museum is totally surreal, particularly when visited in succession with Sousse’s other (read: more conventional!) sights. In this leafy residential neighbourhood, l…
Market in Sousse

Souq Er Ribba

This souq is the closest Sousse comes to a medieval bazaar. The roof is unmistakably modern, yet the sales pitch beneath it is age old. Far from the tranquillity of the southern medina, Souq Er Ribba forms the comme…
Tomb in Sousse

Kalat El Koubba

The Koubba, a small domed tomb, was an ancient funduq (inn) and the rooms surrounding the courtyard are now given over to mannequin displays of day-to-day life under the Ottomans. It’s thought to have been built in …
Architecture in Sousse

Zaouia Zakkak

The splendid octagonal stone minaret belongs to the 17th-century Zaouia Zakkak the medina’s leading example of Ottoman architecture. Non-Muslims can do no more than admire from the street the minaret’s wonderful blu…