Travel to Sousse – The Pearl of the Sahel
Thanks to the mildness of its climate, its calm and beautiful coast and the hospitality of its people, Sousse succeeds to captivate its visitors. The city offers its visitors a splendid resort area and a rich heritage left by Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs.
Sousse assets promote all possible pleasures relating to recreation whiche makes it one of the best resort/vacation destinations.
Sousse, the capital of Sousse governate, is located 140 kilometres south of Tunis on the Gulf of Hammamet, which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. Its economy is based on transport equipment, processed food, olive oil, textiles and tourism.
Sousse was founded in the 8th century by the Phoenicians under the name of Hadrumetum. The city was held by the Phoenicians over 600 years before it was taken over by the Romans who changed the name slightly to Hadrumentum. Following the demise of the Roman empire in the 5th century AD, Sousse underwent a turbulent time and fell to the vandals who gave it the name of Hunerikopolis. In the 6th century AD, The Byzantines crushed the vandals and in turn Arabs ousted the Byzantines in the 7th century AD who renamed it Sûsa (Soussa) and made it the capital of the Aghlabid Dynasty. When the latter invaded Sicily in 827, Sûsa was their main staging ground.
In the centuries that followed, Sûsa was briefly occupied by the Normans in the 12th century and was later more substantially occupied by the Spanish and in the 18th century it was the target of bombardments by the Venetians and the French. The French renamed the city Sousse.
It is only after French Colonialism, that the greatest changes to the city were made. These included the modernisation of the Port and the construction of the modern infrastructure.
Visitors to Sousse have plenty of sites and places to visit. Among them are the fortified Great Mosque and its Ribat, the symbol of the various Arab Dynasties that ruled the city; the old Medina, home to the city’s market stalls, shops and bazaars; the Kasbah and its museum “ Sousse Archeological Museum “ that house an impressive collection of third- and fourth-century mosaics. It also offers commanding views over the city; Sousse traditional museum of Kalaout El-Koubba that dates back to the 12th century during the reign of the Fatimids and that gives live presentations showing life during Ottoman times; the Zaouia Zakkak, the finest example of Ottoman architecture in Sousse; the Catacombs, that once served as shelters for the dead stretching for more than 5 kilometres and containing 15,000 graves and El Kantaoui Port, Sousse’s thriving port and marina, and one of the most complete and most diversified tourist zones of the Mediterranean.
Visitors to Sousse can enjoy aquatic sports like windsurfing and snorkeling. Sousse also hosts several festivals across the year. These include the Sousse International Festival in July-August, the Mediterranean Olive Tree Festival in December and the Sidi El Kantaoui Festival in Hamman Sousse in July.
Sousse has a lively nightlife, where the best clubs and bars are found in tourist complexes and hotels.
- Enjoy shopping at Sousse’s colorful shops overflowing with silver jewelry, pure wool blankets, copper and carpets.
- Relax, sunbathe and have fun at Sousse’s resorts and fine sand beaches.
- Discover the town’s rich heritage left by Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs.