About Medina of Sousse

Located in the Mediterranean port city of Sousse, the Medina of Sousse was established as a commercial and military port by the 9th century Aghlabid Dynasty based in Kairouan. It is a superb early example of a fortified Islamic city dating from the first centuries of Islam.  Its walls are especially impressive, stretching for 2.2 km at a height of 8 metres, with a series of solid square turrets, and an imposing square watchtower. Ribat, an 8th-century fort, is the oldest building within the Medina. It was garrisoned by devout Islamic warriors who spent much of their time studying the Quran in the tiny cell-like rooms built into its walls. The Great Mosque of 851 AD and 11th-century Kasbah built into the city walls at its highest point are other landmarks in the Medina. All of these are worth seeing.

Must See

  • A fortified Islamic city dating from the first centuries of Islam
  • Impressive walls, stretching for 2.2 km at a height of 8 metres, with a series of solid square turrets
  • Imposing square watchtower, the Khalef Tower, built in 859 AD
  • Ribat, the 8th-century fort, that was garrisoned by devout Islamic warriors
  • Great Mosque of 851 AD and the imposing 11th century Kasbah built into the city walls at its highest point

How to reach

Take the light rail as it connects central Sousse by the medina (4 Station Sousse Bab Jdid) to Mahdia via Monastir. It stops along the way in various neighbourhoods in southern Sousse and the Monastir MIR IATA airport. There are buses, both public and private from the city every 30 minutes. Travelling by taxi will save time.

Tips

  • There is no language issue as traders and shopkeepers speak almost anything from French, English, Spanish to German. 
  • Shopkeepers often quote higher prices, so bargain hard.
  • Beware of counterfeit designer goods as these are sold in large quantity in the souks.
  • Don't waste yours and shopkeeper's time if you don't intend to buy. Make it clear from the beginning.
  • Close the deal once settled. Don't haggle further. Remember, shopkeepers are your friends.
  • Medina is a huge market. 
  • Build in time for shopping and keep lots of money.

Visit Time

Day                       Opening Hours                       Closing Hours

Sunday                      8am                                 5pm

Monday                      8am                                 5pm         

Tuesday                        8am                                 5pm

Wednesday                8am                                 5pm

Thursday                    8am                                 5pm

Friday                      8am                                 5pm

Saturday                    8am                                 5pm

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No wait time required here.

 

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Entrance Fee

No

 

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Time you can spend

Suggested time: 2 to 3 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 25.55°C

 

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