You will see the salt lake (made famous in the film 'The English Patient') and move onto the Canyons of Sidi Bou Hlel before you will reach Tozeur, the 'Eden' in the desert, where you will visit the oasis of Tozeur .
You will go up the altas mountains, into the salt flats, the troglodites villages, starwars village...the list goes on!
You will enjoy cascade of colour contrasts in the arid landscape with the intense green of its palm trees.
Also you will visit the canyon of Mides then the oasis of Tamerza with its ravines, palm groves, fragrant gardens and water sources.
Sahara Explorer is a two day 750 mile tourist adventure to the edge of the desert, which includes visits to El Djem, Berber caves, salt lakes and a sunset camel ride in the Sahara.
An unforgettable trip to the beautiful South of Tunisia!
That's a really great trip - you will be able to see much more than in tourist places!
Visit The Mosque of Uqba also known as the Great Mosque of Kairouan.
Built from 670 AD (the year 50 according to the Islamic calendar) at the founding of the city of Kairouan, this mosque is spread over a surface area of 9,000 square metres.
The Mosque of Uqba is one of the masterpieces of both architecture and Islamic art.
Minaret which you can see at pistures consisting of a square tower of three decreasing levels, the third level is topped with a small ribbed dome.
This tower, dating from the 8th-9th century, is the world's oldest surviving minaret!
Roman Amphitheatre in El Jem (or El Djem), approx 70km due south of Sousse which is better preserved than that at Rome. It was the location for some of the filming in Gladiator.
The colosseum was constructed between 230 and 238 CE by the command of the Imperial official Gordian. It's believed to have given room for as much as 30,000 spectators.
The building process looks even more impressive considering that the stones were quarried 30 km away at Salakta. In 238 the construction of the amphitheatre ended. Really it was never completely finished but was of course used.
At certain times during the day and early evening the fountain in the main square comes on to the sound of music. The times of the show are posted on a lampost nearby.
The fountain light show is very nice, it goes on for about 30 minutes with the lights and the water moving in time to Tunisian music.
Port El Kantaqui is 6 miles north of Sousse. The words El Kantaqui means garden in arabic and this is the second largest marina in Tunisia. It was built in the late 1970'S purposly for tourists
This beautiful little harbour was just a short walk from my hotel. The marina itself is full of boats and yachts of all sizes.Along the edge of the marina are shops, restaurants and cafe's where you can wander, browse, eat and drink in the tranquil surroundings.
It's a very big and in good shape amphitheatre. It lies in a small village in the desert.
You have to pay a entrance fee and extra money when you want to make pictures.
You can climb in the arena and make beautiful pictures. You can also take a look in the dungeons.
It's an hour drive (taxi) from the center of sousse.
The arena is closed at 17.30 h. (before dark!!)
(then the village is deserted and you don't want to be there anymore!)
It's always useful to know where there are public toilets.
I found some in Place de la Grand Mosque, almost directly opposite the aforesaid Grand Mosque.
You'l have to pay the young man (when I visited) a half-dinar, and then he'll unlock the toilet door for you.
Clean enough and a welcome sight. :-)
It's not small, Sousse's medina. But it's a fascinating place to just wander around. There's even a red-light district in its north , with only one entrance...not that I even attempted to go there!
Apart from the Great Mosque and the Ribat, you can also visit the Kasbah (still closed for renovations when I went) which has a museum with some nice Roman mosaics and a couple of 'house' museums (neither of which I managed to find on my shortish visit in extreme heat).
And there's the souk, of course. Quite a big one, with shops selling everything you could possibly want. I didn't find it a hassle, but I rarely do get hassled; your experience might be different. Quite a lot of the shops selling tourist-aimed items are 'prix fixe' (fixed price) so if you don't fancy haggling you can still find things to buy.
I didn't get lost in the souk or the medina, but I did have a good map with me. Without, it would have been difficult to get my bearings. It's quite difficult to work out where you are, as so few of the meandering roads and alleyways have signs (most are in Arabic anyway) and so many streets are covered (with goods, or with roofs, or with shades of some type). The latter also makes it more difficult to spot older architecture, although I managed to see one or two things.
When you've explored the souk just spend some time wandering the medina streets. Keep your eyes open for Roman columns..they are dotted about everywhere, evidence of Sousse's ancient past. And watch out for studded doors and detailed doorways too. Lots of people seem to live in the medina, so there's plenty of evidence of day-to-day life to be seen.....people0watching is always fascinating.
The best thing you can do is book the two day safari. I don't like travelling on a bus for hours, but it was worth it. We were lucky to have a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic host who took the trouble to point out all the places of interest and someone who knew the history and culture of the country.
El Jem was a highlight and can't be missed. Camel riding in the Sahara and watching the sunset was superb. Visting the oasis and the banana trees was an experience, including a 78 year old man climbing a palm tree barefoot, and demonstrating that he didnt need to hold onto the tree, by waving his arms, was a little bazarre.
Jeep ride into the mountains, walking to a waterfall, visiting the set of 'Star Wars', hotel accommodation, meals etc etc - all for approx. £130 per person.
You can book through your hotel or probably local tour agents in Sousse.
Be warned - you have two early morning starts, but it's worth it!
The Medina is in the city center in a hillside. Its said to be one of the finest medinas in Tunisia. Take a taxi up behind the Medina and walk your way down through the wery narrow streets that is filled with shops selling almost everything. Be prepared to meet agressive sellers. What can you expect in a tourist area???? This is both culture,shopping and a tourist trap at the same time.
We brought with us 12 beautiful square porcelain dinner plates from the Medina.
If you are looking for handicrafts this is a good place.
Most people coming to Sousse will be part of a package tour and will have these trips sold to them. They can work out very expensive especially if there are 3 or more in your party. A good alternative is to hire a taxi for the day. I hired one for 120 dinars (or £60) and we were driven in comfort to Kairouan and then onto El Djem. Our driver was also full of good tips and told us the places to avoid and we weren't having to stick to a scheduled coach tour. All in all much better and cheaper than the organised tours. The tour operators will try to scare you into going with them as they have insurance but come on.......so do you right?
You'll never be disappointed in a Vinci hotel, the one in El Kantaui is very nice with fiendly service.
If this is your first visit to Tunisia don't miss: Tunis capital (El Bardo Museum, Cartago ruins and Sidi Bou Said village), Sousse, Keruan and Nebuel friday morning market.
Sousse has quite a large port which is very near to the Medina. There were a couple of galleon type boats moored up by the main walking area near the Town Hall when I visited. I don't know what they're for but I suppose they take tourists out on cruises or they could be for children.
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