Mahdia Holidays

Mahdia Holidays

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Mahdia is a pretty port in Tunisia, sitting on the coast between the resorts of Sousse and Sfax. Thriving markets, stunning scenery and plenty of history breathe life and love into this North African destination, where the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea are perfect for dippers and divers alike.

Beaches
For sunbathing and swimming the long stretch of Mahdia Beach is the place to go. You can relax on the fine sand or float in the calm Mediterranean currents and, if the sun gets too hot, you can even cool off in one of the many nearby bars and restaurants – it’s the perfect place to sample the seafood at Restaurant Neptune. The port is also a great seafront alternative, with an attractive walkway and beautiful views of the water.

Food & Drink
Tunisian cooking is a mouth-watering mix of French, Italian and African flavours. Popular dishes tend to star eggs, seafood and meats garnished with spices, olive oil or nuts. For a true taste of Mahdia, try some locally-sourced tuna or order an ‘asida’, a wheat flour dough served with butter and honey. When you need a rest from the heat, order a cooling mint tea sprinkled with pine nuts – a refreshing local favourite.

Culture
The atmospheric ‘adhan’, or call to prayer, is the cultural soundtrack to this Tunisian town. Arabic influences can also be seen as well as heard in Mahdia, with the Great Fatimid Mosque and the Mosque Sidi Mtir numbering amongst the city’s most beautiful buildings. Music and art in this region tends to blend African and European elements, and you can visit a café or restaurant at the Place du Caire to experience authentic Tunisian hospitality.

Nightlife
If you’re looking for a night out in Mahdia, head to the beachside restaurants and bars with outdoor terraces – they stay open late into the evening. The nightclub scene in this low-key port is growing by the day, and the bars and clubs around Mahdia Beach are enough to get the party started for any occasion.

Important Information
Flight Time: 4.5hrs
Time Difference: +1hr
Currency: Dinar
Official Language: Arabic

Vaccinations
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Visa
British passport holders can stay in Tunisia for up to three months without a visa. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

Ramadan
Please be aware that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will take place between 05/05/2019 and 04/06/2019. During this time, many cafes and restaurants will close during the day, restrictions on alcohol sales may be in place, and hotel dining for non-Muslim guests may take place in private rooms. Playing music, dancing, and eating in public areas may also be restricted during this time.

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Mahdia Weather

Tunisia’s tropical climate means it’s no stranger to the heat, and Mahdia sees average highs of 27°C in September – the hottest month of the year. June is the wettest month, with October blessed with the least rainfall. Make sure you pack the sun cream no matter the season though, as the yearly average temperature is a lovely 25°C.
Jan 16ºC
Feb 17ºC
Mar 18ºC
Apr 22ºC
May 24ºC
Jun 25ºC
Jul 25ºC
Aug 25ºC
Sep 23ºC
Oct 21ºC
Nov 18ºC
Dec 16ºC

Things To Do on Mahdia Holidays

Diving Centre
Take advantage of Mahdia’s warm, clear waters with an exciting scuba diving trip. With options from swimming pool practice to the big blue itself, divers of all abilities can get exploring underwater in no time. Discover an ancient shipwreck or meet the local marine life – who knows what you’ll see under the sea.

Mahdia Museum
Delve into the rich history of Tunisia at the Mahdia Museum, where artefacts from throughout the ages are just waiting to be found. This extensive treasure trove features everything from mesmerising mosaics to displays of traditional clothing – there is even an underwater archaeology section exploring a famous shipwreck dating back to 1st century BC.

Old Town
An afternoon wandering through the Old Town is time well spent. Keep an eye out for the traditional arched doorways and blue windows of Mahdia’s bazaars and restaurants, and you’re bound to find a hidden gem or special souvenir.

Fort Ottoman Borj El Kebir
An impressive sixteenth century castle, Fort Ottoman Borj El Kebir was built to keep watch over the bustling port of Mahdia. These days it offers the best views of the surrounding landscape from its well-preserved walls. Instagram enthusiasts should make their way up to the top for a picture-perfect panorama of the Mediterranean Sea.

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