Sousse Travel Guide

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Sousse Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lovely medina with impressive Ribat & Mosque 

  • Con
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     Newer part of town can be dirty and uninteresting 

  • In a nutshell
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     well worth considering tunisia is a lovely country and the people are friendly 

Sousse Things to Do

  • Medina

    Sousse has a very long history. It was a Phoenician outpost (Hadrumetum), a free Roman city (Byzacium), a vandal town (Hunericopolis) and finally the Byzantine city of Justiniana or Justinianopolis. Nothing of these settlements remains, for in the early years of the Hegira, Justinianopolis was entirely destroyed after a two-month siege by...

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  • Port El Kantaoui

    Sailing out of the harbour in a catamaran feels good. For the first 20 minutes or so, the engine is running, and then the sail is hoisted and it's amazing. The two guys running the show were friendly and you felt safe on the boat. No life-jackets, but this is Tunisia. There were four of us, and we did a fine bit of bartering - £20 for a few hours...

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  • Dar Essid Museum

    The walk through alleyways (often the wrong ones), can be almost as amazing as this house itself. You are breaking away from the soukkes and the tourist trail, surrounded by narrow alleys of homes and children palying in the road, tormenting stray cats. This house is a palace in the madness. The luxury for its time is incredible, with a tower...

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  • Ribat

    The Sousse Ribat is one of a few similar buidings built along the coast to protect Moslem lands from Christian invasion. It was built at the end of the 7th century, work started in AD 787 and was completed in AD 821. A watch tower was added by Emir Ziyadet Allah I of the Aghlabid dynasty in 821. The Ribat was built to stop christians from invading...

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  • Grand Mosque

    The Mosque is built using large stone blocks, some of these blocks were taken from the Roman baths at Carthage which is one of the reasons the baths are not better preserved. It has towers on the north-east and south-east corners and was built to resemble a fortress. It was founded in 851 by Aghlabid Emir Abou'l Abbas Mohamed. It is one of the most...

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  • Kalaout el Koubba

    Kalaout el-Koubba is a building that was built in the 11th or 12th century according to Fatimid architectural style. While its original function is not known, its current function is much clearer: to showcase the everyday life of Tunisians under Ottoman rule. Kalaout el-Koubba's most recognizable feature is its cupola, with its zigzag ribbing....

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Sousse Hotels

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Sousse Restaurants

  • Good food in a friendly atmosphere

    The Kaiser Hotel has mixed reviews, as does Sousse itself, so in the end it's down to you to judge for yourself. It was convenient to eat here, and in a party of four people, the food was always freshly prepared and cooked well. We ate her 4 or 5 times. The menu isn't amazing, but a good selection of pasta, pizza, steak, chicken and turkey dishes....

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  • Great fish, comfortable place

    The Art Restaurant had a relaxed atmosphere, comfortable with quality food. The fish was superb (not sure what it was!), but very tasty at 12TD (around £6), served with perfectly cooked rice. Mainly locals eating there during lunchtime. Beers 2TD, coffee 1.5TD. Clean toilets. What more do you need whether you want to sit oustide in the sun or...

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  • Friendly Cafe

    Being on half board at our hotel - which had a god choice of tunisian an European food we didn't often have a lunch but one afternoon we paused for breath on our whirlwind tours at the Ribat Cafe - a peaceful haven from the bustling medina markets and a pleasant sun trap too. Although we didn't really need it we ordered the local dish - brik. This...

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Sousse Nightlife

  • Having a ball at Bora Bora

    Bora Bora is a quite extraordinary place. An outdoor nightclub, tucked in among trees, this club hires some of the most famous DJs in the world, which was a bit of a surprise to me... not something I expected from a town of less than 200,000 people. The club is centred around a round bar, the roof of which becomes the stage for a range of...

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  • Traditional entertainment

    The Tej Marhaba Hotel offers a varied programme, and on at least one night each week, they offer entertainment, traditional style, geared to the western tourists. Muisc, dancing, making a fool of the tourist who is willingly dragged onto the stage as an amateur belly dancer.A good atmosphere in a very comfortable hotel. All the hotels seem to...

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  • Bellydancers in Sousse

    Bellydancers perform in some of the restaurants in Sousse. It's a way of attracting more guest. The bellydancers are in mostly from other arabic countries.

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Sousse Transportation

  • NODDY TRAIN

    The noddy train runs from Port El Kantaqui. To find the station is quite easy. From the marina walk towards the main square, walk down the right hand side of the fountain and go between a restaurant and a gift shop. The station is at the other side of the car park. During the summer the trains are very frequent, out of season the are about 2 per...

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  • Taxi and Louage Cars

    In addition to buses you can always take a Louage.white taxi cars that go between two places or city´s from special louage stations and are shared with others, there are no time tables, the car leavs when it is full or if you pay for the empty seats. Warning, many louage drivers drive like crazy and have many working hours and litle sleep behind...

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  • The 'Noddy train'

    These are road-trains which run from Sousse to the purpose-built tourist resort of Port El Kantaoui.They are called 'Noddy' trains because of 'Noddy', a character in popular UK children's books written by Enid Blyton.Although they take longer to get back than taxis (because they stop off at various hotels), and they are very bumpy, they do have the...

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Sousse Shopping

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  • Buy a rug

    There are some rug stores here with a wide variety of handmade rugs.Rugs are available in myriad densities, typically ranging from up to 30 knots per inch (very coarse) to 290 knots per inch (very fine). Finely knotted or finely woven rugs are usually the most desirable. Are not planig to buy a rug? Not a problem, you are still welcome there. Just...

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  • Reverse bartering

    If you feel like bartering with the Tunisians, tell them you have BROUGHT a bottle of quality whisky with you, you may bag yourself a bargain. All branded Scotch whisky is a crazy price. I think Chivas Regal in a supermarket was £170 a bottle.

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  • Carpets and leatherware

    Carpets and leatherware are favourite buys for tourists. Make sure to bargain because the street sellers start their prices high. The street sellers are skillful cheaters, though they will never admit they are cheaters. To buy cheap and sell expensive is a profession.

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Sousse Local Customs

  • Bonne Annee!

    I happened to be in Sousse over the New Year period and one custom that seems to have been brought over by the French is to buy a Bonne Annee cake. There are several cake shops around the town that were selling large gateau type cakes and it seems to be customary to buy one on New Years Eve as loads of people well carrying them in large boxes in...

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  • Iftar time

    Ramadan is a very important religious holiday and do not forget that Tunisia has a long and wide spread Islam tradition. It lasts for 40 days and starts usually in 2nd half of September. During these 40 days you will not see Muslim people eating or having drinks, even water, when it is not iftar (eating) time. And, iftar takes place at the evening...

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  • Islamic Country

    Don´t forget that Tunisia is Islamic Counry (but it looks very european, especially at nordic side). Don´t give presents that contain alcohol. Don´t critizise people on religion basis - especially if You are not muslim. Don´t enter mosques if You are not muslim or mosque is not specially open for tourists. If You enter Mosque, wear proper clothes...

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Sousse Warnings and Dangers

  • Sousse Beach of Hotel Karawan

    I did not want to leave my expensive Revue Thommen Swiss watch in the Hotelroom dornig my Beach Star,so I Tool the watch to the supervised Beach,belonging to Hotel Karawan.During swimming in the Sea, the watch has been stolen, definitely by one of the 4 staff members belonging to the Hotel.They were sitting next to my beach chair, very few other...

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  • Selling sex.

    When I was in a bar close to the beach in Sousse, I sat in a openbar and many people were there. But I noticed that there were many older men, foreign men and younger Tunisian men. I did not pay so much attention to that, because there were also other kind of people around, but not so many. I was sitting and writing and I have spent some time there...

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  • "I will show you the way"

    I apologise for repeating what has been said. It is a fact that, if you stand around looking lost, someone looking very credible will come up to you and offer to show you the way to the area or shop that you are trying to find. After following your new found friend for 10 or 20 minutes, you are strangely introduced to an alternative supplier of...

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Sousse Tourist Traps

  • Scamming

    Just after you get out of a taxi at the Medina someone approaches and says "Hi, don't you recognise me? I'm the chef/waiter/security guard/whatever from your hotel" you stop and think and they say "Yes, I saw you last night at the whatever hotel" and you start to believe them...........DON'T!! They know which taxi's work which hotels that's how the...

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  • What u're told and see on photos ain't...

    You will be, most likely, offered by a local turist 'trapper' go to sailing 3 hours with boat, or visit beduines (mini safari) etc. Whatever he tells you remember that his language uses a lot of *make up*. I went on a boat 'cruise'and, oh man... AT Malta for example is was cool, but this one...I had an impression of total improvisation with very...

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  • Haggling - Bartering - Hassle

    Any tourist area - no surprise there !! We had researched the holiday quite well before flying out and was aware of the haggling but.....the hassle as you shopped was the one thing that took the shine off a great holiday.The shop keepers or staff would stand outside their shops and almost block your path saying "come inside....look look....no...

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Sousse What to Pack

  • Warm Jacket if visiting Tunisia in the...

    Many first time visitors to Tunisia dont realy bring warm enough clothes when coming here during the winter months, even though most people coming during nov.- Feb/march, dont plan on getting sun slicked on our beutyful beaches exactly, but they tend too think that its warm enough for lighter clothes because its Africa. Well the Tunisian climate...

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  • Fighting the Heat - Part I

    Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:- Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of...

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Sousse Off The Beaten Path

  • Getting around buy train and bus

    Feel like doing a trip around Tunisia on your own? Well why not take the train to Julius Cesars Amfi theater in El Jem, or take the train or louage to the capital Tunis and visit its huge Medina, or the worlds biggest mosaic collection at the Bardo Museum or Concore Carthage like the romans did.You can do alot on your own ... the transportation...

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  • Sofra cistern

    Not much information about this, I'm afraid.The Sofra cistern is in the middle of the medina, surrounded by blank walls. It dates back to at least the 11th century, and was apparently created by building around an existing Byzantine church. The entrance is in the north-eastern corner, but it was closed when I visited.You'll find it to the...

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  • A sculpture

    Ok.......I don't know what this represents, or why it's in Sousse, so this is not so much a tip as a request for help.It's clearly important though; lots of people had their photos take in front of it whilst i was sitting in the shade people-watching. It looks quite new.It's in Place Farhat Hached, at the entrance to the medina, opposite the Soula...

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Sousse Favorites

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  • Beaches

    In Sousse you will find a white, idyllic haven of natural waterfront beauty. Sea here also is perfect for diving.

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  • Sousse: nice place, friendly people.

    I won't say "I love Tunis" as it has a long way to go if they wish to be a permanent destination for international tourism, but it is a country well worth the visit.The main attractions: warm weather, friendly people, reasonable good tourist infrastructure, Punic ruins, wonderful Roman mosaics, good beaches, relaxing atmosphere, social and...

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  • getting round

    the beach is 7 miles long but all the hotels have nice pools so you have plenty of choice. The area around Sousse has two wonderfull holiday places you can travel to with a very good and cheap rail network. The lack of hassle from shop or taxi people. They will ask but if you smile and say no that is it.

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