The Ribat of Sousse, a smaller fort, was built much earlier in 820AD. In the olden days, its soaring structure combined the purposes of a minaret and a watch tower. It houses a mosque and a mosaic museum in the ... More compound.
The Catacombs of Sousse are a fascinating sight. Catacombs were shelters for the dead. These tunnels originally stretched for more than 5 km and contained 15,000 graves. Today, only a portion of this is open to public.
A port city, Sousse is home to beautiful sand beaches. Added to this are the orchards and olive groves, making Sousse the perfect place to unwind. At the beaches you can enjoy aquatic sports like windsurfing and snorkeling.
Sousse hosts several festivals across the year. These include the Sousse International Festival in July-August., the Mediterranean Olive Tree Festival in December, and the Sidi El Kantaoui Festival in July.
The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and gentle warm, wet winters.
Founded in the 9th century BC by the Phoenicians, Sousse was originally named Hadrumet. It served as a military post as well as an important port.
The local economy is based on the processed food, olive oil and textile industry as well as tourism. It also has a bustling busy port.
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