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Sousse

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Sousse has the charm of a historic city and the lure of a big city. It is enjoyed in any season, because its advantages are not limited to its seafront. The beaches at the centre of town offer limited interest, but the popular bars, restaurants and the historic district of the Medina are there to compensate.

Choose to stay in Sousse just to stroll around. Port El Kantaoui is only four miles north and Monastir is 18 miles south. If you're one for adventure, travel to Sousse as a starting point then visit the Tozeur and the oasis of the south.

The Sousse medina is one of the most beautiful in the country. It starts at Martyrs square. The main street can be traced back to the Great Mosque. Built in the 9th century, it was built on the foundations of an old fort. To the west of the Great Mosque, rises the Ribat, which takes the form of an impressive fortress. The interior can be seen from the guards' rooms that end in a vast courtyard.

The Sousse medina does not only allow for visits but for shopping too! If you do not want to haggle, go to the store with fixed prices which is found at the entrance (on Martyrs square). On two floors you will find a very special selection of Tunisian crafts: varied pottery and ceramics, fabrics, turkish slippers, leather masks, bags, belts and jewellery.

To see

See the courtyard of the Great Mosque (open only in the morning, the afternoon is reserved for prayers), Ribat (8th century fortress) and the museum of Sousse where you can admire numerous antiquities from the Roman period. This is the museum that is second richest in mosaics after Bardo in Tunis.

To do

A long promenade, with or without shopping, in the small streets of the medina. Also, while passing the stalls, stop to imagine for a while how the city looked a few centuries ago. Outside the medina, Sousse is a lively and modern urban area where there are cafés, night clubs and cinemas.

pros

  • +  A vibrant city in all seasons .
  • +  The presence of many cultural sites.
  • +  Reduced transfer time from the airport (15 minutes on average)
  • +  The large choice of activities (golfing, water parks, water sports, boat excursions, etc.).

cons

  • -  Beaches of uneven quality.
  • -  A limited choice of accommodation.
  • -  The number of hotels under construction.

To think about

Monastir and Port El Kantaoui are not far from Sousse (30 minutes maximum journey). It takes one day to discover these two cities, especially if you are planning a round of golf at Port El Kantaoui. Another aim for an excursion, around an hours drive away, is Kairouan. One of the most typical towns of the country.

To avoid

Avoid staying in the centre of town or even along the seafront. The seafront avenues, very busy, offer little peace (by day and night). Moreover, the beach along the seafront is less beautiful than the one outside of town (stretch of sand not very large, rocks in the water).

To try

Couscous (with chicken or lamb). You can find buffets in the major hotels more and more (offered as a speciality or during Tunisian evenings). Try also other recipes of the country such as the fingers of Fatma (pastry stuffed with white chicken, potatoes and capers), tajine (omelette with meat and potatoes) and the brick (triangle of dough filled with tuna and a half-cooked egg).

To bring back

More or less 'tourist' souvenirs such as leather masks in Arab-Berber style , T-shirts, towels and caps printed with 'dromedary', clay or ceramic ashtrays and mini chiselled iron plates. You could also bring back some typical crafts, though they can be very large such as wrought iron lamps, pottery Berber, blown glass vases. It is better to get some more information before buying about the possibility of having the objects delivered.

Weather Sousse

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Sousse . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Sousse so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Sousse , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather September
Overall rating 85/100
  • Temperature indicators 98% Optimal

    Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 78% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 72% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 80% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 70% Light warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 72% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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