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Silky sands and luxe hotels

Sousse is one of Tunisia’s most popular resorts, and its 10-kilometre-long stretch of golden sand is a huge draw. It’s blanketed in thatched umbrellas and has a great selection of watersports to choose from. Behind the shore, luxury hotels line up, shrouded by palm trees. 

Holidays to Sousse showcase two very different faces. The modern high streets are full of restaurants, shisha bars and shops, but head for the ancient medina for a taste of yesteryear Tunisia. Dating back some 1200 years, it’s dominated by an age-old kasbah, and laced with atmospheric souks selling Aladdin-style carpets and soft leather goods. This is also a great spot to duck into authentic cafés and sample local food. 

Glitz and glamour can be found in Port El Kantaoui, just a 10-minute taxi ride up the road. This purpose-built resort has a swish marina filled with yachts, and it’s haloed by a palm-fringed prom packed with restaurants.

 

Your Sousse questions, answered

Expect authentic restaurants serving spice-soaked meaty tagines, alongside Italian eateries and family friendly Tex-Mex joints.
With a seemingly never-ending beach, hotels with plentiful family amenities and activities like camel riding on offer, Sousse is great for little ones.
The city of Sousse is on Tunisia’s east coast, overlooking the Gulf of Hammamet and around 45 minutes’ drive from the airport.

Best things to do in Sousse

Try paragliding

Get your adrenaline pumping and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Sousse. You’ll be strapped in tightly before soaring above the waves, connected to a parachute-like canopy.

Haggle in the souks

Negotiating for a good deal is all part of the fun in Sousse’s marketplace. You’ll find some gorgeous take-homes, like intricately carved woodwork and bejewelled lanterns.

Explore the old town

The medina is full of spindly alleyways perfect for wandering, and it’s home to some of the best-preserved Arabic architecture in the country.