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.
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.