Mahdia is a charming fishing port and a small beach resort. The mĂ©dina (the Old town) stretches out along a peninsula and is entered by a reconstruction of the huge 16th century gate. Inside the walls, the Â« Skifa Al Kahla Â» (the dark passage) was built in sections which could be closed off in the event of an attack. Today the mĂ©dina is full of welcoming merchants selling leatherware, silverware, carpets and other crafts. Mahdia is famous for its silk tradition - we have several good addresses to share with you for your gift and souvenir shopping. And do not miss the Friday open market, a feast for the eye and a great exercise in haggling!
Mahdia has lovely white sandy beaches with many sport activities on offer, from jet skiing to parascending, scuba diving to banana boating. The sparkling turquoise sea makes a lazy day at the beach all the more enjoyable. There is also a professionaldiving school offering the chance for beginners to take the plunge or experienced divers to enjoy the colourful marine life.
We truly recommend a visit to the amphitheatre at El Jem, at only 40 km from Mahdia. This is the biggest colosseum in North Africa, and very well preserved. Built in the 3rd century to hold up to 35,000 spectators, the theatre is still open for performances, even though âonlyâ for concerts instead of gladiatorial contests. El Jem is easy to reach by collective taxi and a perfect destination for a day excursion.