Mahdia lies on MC 82,68km/42mi southeast of sousse and 20km/12,5mi northeast of el Djem.It is easily reached by car ,and there are good Metro And bus connections with Monastir and Sousse.
South of Monastir is the coastal resort and port of Mahdia, ancient capital of the Fatamid dynasty. Situated outside the town along reputedly one of Tunisia's finest stretches of beach are several modern hotels.
Mahdia is traditionally a place to stay in the summer and here you can relax free of commercialisation and enjoy a beach holiday just watching the world go by. At night you can take in the colourful procession of fishing boats carrying lanterns and by day enjoy freshly caught fish in the working port at one of the reasonably priced restaurants. Mahdia is now the most important port of sponge and blue fish.
A visit to the Medina is very worthwhile, for besides haggling for leatherware, silverware and carpets you can discover how impressive the fortifications are
surrounding the old town.
| Islamics and Christians have fought over this once impregnable fortress city and other invaders included the English, French and Spanish. There's a colourful market once a week of jewellers and tailors and afterwards you can enjoy a coffee in the town square Place du Caire.
A short walk from the square is the Great Mosque a modern reconstruction of a thousand year old building. It's not often you see a cemetery by the sea, but you'll find one in Mahdia and it can be a pleasant walk, particularly in the Spring when the area is thick with flowers.
The hotels in Mahdia can organise watersports and there's a good riding stable in the grounds of Hotel Cap Mahdia. A new diving school is also operational. From Mahdia you can make connections by train to Sousse, Monastir and Tunis. Close by is the amphitheatre of El Djem and further south Tunisia's second city Sfax. ||