Sousse is both a well-developed beach resort and an interesting urban center. The resort accommodations are north of the city, in the beachfront zone touristique, but most of the sights are within the walls of the large medina. The tall, round tower marks the ribat (a fortified monastery), the city's oldest monument dating to the eighth century. A walk around its ramparts and a climb up the tower will give you good views of the surrounding old city. Nearby is Sousse's main mosque. Non-Muslims are permitted to enter the courtyard but not the prayer hall. Be sure to visit the Sousse Museum, housed in the casbah. Punic and Roman artifacts are displayed there—star attractions are the mosaics. While strolling through the well-stocked markets, look for the interesting zigzag ribbed dome of the Kalaout el-Koubba. From Sousse, which is centrally located, you can make day trips to Monastir, Mahdia, Kairouan and El Jem. 75 mi/120 km southeast of Tunis.

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