Sfax is the second largest city in Tunisia and a popular destination with many business travelers. Interestingly it’s not a majorly popular tourist destination and yet it has so much to offer with many interesting sights, spectacular architecture and an opportunity to soak up some of the country’s history and culture. You might pass through Sfax on your tunisia tours…
The Medina in Sfax is probably one of the most spectacular. It is surrounded by high walls with six entrances and is set in the heart of the city center not too far from the harbor. Wandering around the walls is an experience on it’s own, though get on the inside and then walk around. You may be amazed to find that there are many residences still in use in this medina so you can wander the narrow passages, gaze at the spectacular architecture and enjoy the fact that there are children playing games in the narrow roads.
What is a Medina without a souk? Because the Medina is still used as a major residential area in Sfax you can find just about anything at the souks from traditional items to modern day clothing.
Dar Jallouli Museum
The Dar Jallouli Museum was once a large mansion built in the seventeenth century and standing three stories tall. You find the museum in the medina and all the rooms are accessed via the large courtyard where you can see a selection of expensive every day items, giving you an idea of how the wealthy lived all those years ago.
Sfax Archaeological Museum is found in the heart of the modern city. The museum is set on two levels with a wide selection of artifacts from the Romans all the way to modern Tunisia.
The Mosque is set in the medina and is a beautiful architectural building that is worth a visit. Unfortunately the mosque is not open to non-Muslims, but sometimes you can get a glimpse of the inside and will notice the entrance leads to a small courtyard filled with pillars and arches.
This is an official residence dating back to the twelfth century. Today it is a museum of modern arts, although the building itself is breathtaking and well worth the visit.