At time of writing (mid 2015), the usual travel warnings to Tunisia sadly apply in thick bold letters. But let us pretend for a moment that everything was all fine and dandy - in such a case Sousse, south of Tunis and north of Sfax, would be one of the most versatile towns to visit in the country and should not be missed out on (seriously though, check with your government).
Update @ 26 June 2015: Sousse has just been hit by a terrorist attack. So yeah, sorry, but stay away.
For starters there is the UNESCO listed Medina, which according to the organisation is a (we tried rewriting this part but failed miserably, we are no archaeologists!) "harmonious archaeological complex that reflects Arabo-Muslim urbanism applied to a coastal town exposed through its history to piracy and dangers from the sea".
Or to put it in layman's terms, this is one of the best preserved Medinas in all of northern Africa, The Ribat which used to be occupied by religious warriors, as well as the kasbah, ramparts and Grand Mosque doubling as a fortress are some of the core elements of the Medina. Meanwhile the souk is its beating heart, and you can easily spend some hours in the whole thing. If you intend to bring home souvenirs, be prepared to haggle.
There are a bunch of other cultural sights, but perhaps at this stage it is wise to turn our attention to the beaches of the city. The reviews on these are mixed, but in general if you book a decent hotel (let's say 3 stars and upwards?) facing the beach it is going to be very difficult to be disappointed. Keep in mind though that this is a classic package tour destination, and you will find yourself amongst many tourists from north and eastern Europe. Because the hotels are better integrated into the city here though, we found it to be much less of an issue than we might otherwise have. [Review by travelindicator]
You can find the best hotel deals in Sousse here.
- Sousse is a city in Tunisia's region of Susah. It has a population of 271,428, is situated at an altitude of 125ft and the best airport to fly into is MIR (Habib Bourguiba, Monastir)
- The main spoken language here is Tunisian Arabic, and the average English skill is low
- The currency used in Tunisia is the Tunisian dinar (TND)
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More Sousse travel resources
If there is only one other link you check out, make sure it is this one by Planetware. Pretty complete if you ask us. Another list of attractions of the city can be found on Authentic Tunisia. Meanwhile, World66 writes about the beaches here while Worldtravels.com gives some of the basics.