Perched on the coast of the Mediterranean sea, Sousse is a glistening town on the East Coast of Tunisia, located about 150km south of the capital. With a long history dating back as far as the 11th century, Sousse has huge appeal for tourists. It was founded by the Phoenicians in the 11th century and has been fought over by the Romans, Arabs and Europeans. This colourful history, and a vibrant culture make Sousse a must visit destination for everyone – whether you want to laze about on the beach, or immerse yourself in history.
How to get there?
Lots and lots of airlines offer cheap flights to Sousse, although the cheaper you go the further away from actual Sousse you will land. Although flying is (relatively) direct and quite easy, there are other ways to get to Sousse that can make your holiday extra special. Why not drive? Hiring a guide to take you from the capital down to Sousse can help you to explore and understand Tunisia in great detail – from the small towns and villages to the big, vibrant markets. For the more adventurous, you could venture onto the train network (although this is not for the feint hearted!)
What to see/do?
Sousse offers literally hundreds of possibilities for everyone. For the tourist who wants a break, head to the beach – you will find a white, idyllic haven of natural waterfront beauty. For those who prefer more culture in their holidays, venture down to look at the local mosque – it really is quite superb in detail. The catacombs beneath offer the more stomach-strong tourist a chance to look into the history of Sousse – there are almost 15,000 tombs down here! The museum also has detailed exhibits of the history of Sousse, and provides a welcome relief from the burning midday sun! After a busy morning, there is nothing better than strolling around the little backstreets – admiring the tiny shops, and maybe stopping along the way for some strong, black coffee?
Where to stay?
There are a huge number of hotels in Sousse – to suit all budgets. At the top of the chain are the five star hotels, which provide large amounts of luxury – a good bet is the Hôtel de Paris, which will generally provide even the most discerning of tourists with a good standard of accommodation. For those who would prefer instead to go budget, the Gabes hotel offers a budget experience, while still maintaining home comforts.
Medina of Sousse