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Top Choice Area in Sfax

Sfax Medina

Surrounded by ancient crenulated walls that could have been filched from a child's toy castle, this tourist-tat-free zone hasn't been prettified for visitors. The main narrow thoroughfares bustle with everyday comme…
Top Choice Barbecue in Sfax

Saffoud Abid

This wonderfully authentic medina favourite is where shoppers come for lamb brochette lunches, the meat grilled to order in an ashy pit. Opposite, their (nameless) seafood place serves heaping plates of octopus stew…
Tunisian in Sousse

Dodo Restaurant

This, the most modern of the medina restaurants, is a bit of a surprise. Surrounded by the clutter of commerce, the Dodo is a little bit of a refuge though it is expensive by medina standards. Pizza and Tunisian mea…
American in Sousse

Planet Food

For homesick Americans, this Planet Hollywood imitator should do the trick. From the movie posters to the headshots of famous actors to the TVs playing movies and videos, Planet Food is all American. However, it's T…
Monument in Sousse


The catacombs include an estimated 5.5km of tunnels containing the graves of more than 15,000 local Christians, mostly from the 4th and 5th centuries AD. The only section open to the public is about 100m of the Cata…
Architecture 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 the year AD 851 by a freed slave called Mudam, on the instructions of the A…
Notable Building in Sousse

Kalat el-Koubba

The Koubba was an ancient funduq (caravanserai or 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 the l…
Museum in Sousse

Museum 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…
in Sousse


The medina's pride and joy is this 8th-century place once garrisoned by devout Islamic warriors who would divide their time between fighting and silent study of the Quran. Nearby is the wide, sunny courtyard of the …
Shopping Centre in Sousse

Soula Shopping Centre

Located at the entrance to the medina, this mega four-storey complex is probably the largest price-fixed centre in the country. Most credit cards accepted.