Built at rock level on a narrow peninsula, Mahdia is a traditional silk-weaving and fishing town with a glorious past (it was the first capital of the Fatimid caliphs in the 10th century) whose charm comes from its sapphire sea, magnificent beaches, the medina and a lively atmosphere.
Just south of Monastir the seaside resort of Mahdia will appeal to holidaymakers who are seeking a more relaxing resort location on one of the best beaches in Tunisia.
The resort hotels stretching along the seashore are located approximately 1 km from the town centre where you will find an attractive medina, a marina and a large fishing port one of the largest in Tunisia and the local specialty is sardine caught by lamplight.
Haggle for leather goods, silverware and carpets in the medina. At the weekly market, which takes place Friday, the Skiffa El Kahla turns into an Ali Baba cave worthy of the Thousand and One Nights, with old weavers, embroiderers and dress-makers selling beautiful traditional costumes, silk products and gold-decorated outfits. Alongside this there is also a lively gold jewellery market. Much of Mahdia's treasure can be found in the Museum of Mahdia.
"Place du Caire" is a small square at the centre of the medina where you can enjoy a cup of coffee with the locals. Along the Corniche and surrounding the marina you'll find some smart restaurants serving seafood and traditional Tunisian dishes.
Monastir with its large medieval fortress called the Ribat, the Holy City of Kairouan, home to one of Islam's most prestigious places of worship - The Great Mosque and the Roman Coliseum of El Djem with its magnificent amphitheatre where summer concerts are held. Further south the maritime oasis town of Gabes with its spice market and the Berber town of Matmata, home to the Trolodyte cave-dwelling people.
During the summer enjoy a variety of watersports from the beach. The rich and varied ocean depths of Mahdia, once explored by the great Cousteau, are cherished by divers who can follow in his footsteps organised through the local dive centre. Several of the hotels have Thalassotherapy (spa centres). Golfers will have to travel to Monastir where they can play on the Flamingo Golf Course or the Palm Links Golf Course in Skanes.
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