Sfax, Tunisia

Sfax is a city in Tunisia, located 270 km southeast of Tunis. The city, founded in AD 849 on the ruins of Taparura and Thaenae, is the capital of the Sfax governorate, and a Mediterranean port on the Gulf of Gabes.

Sfax has one of Tunisia's most lively old cities, where large parts of the economic activities of the country is located. The walls surrounding are the original 9th century structure. The great mosque dates back to the 10th century.

Things to See & Do

* Sfax’s Old Medina
* Harbor
* Old town of Sfax
* Great Mosque

General Information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – Tunisian dinar (TND
Language – Arabic
Land Area – 7,545 km²
Population – 400,000 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 216

Port Location – The port is located in downtown Sfax, close to the town centre.

Travel Links – Tunis is the main airport, but the country has a selection of other international airports too: Monastir (which also serves Sousse), Jerba, Tozeur and Tabarka. With these, virtually all parts of the country can easily be reached.

There are ferries from France (Marseilles), Italy (Palermo, Genoa, Salerno all year, and from Trapani, La Spezia and Naples only June-September) and Spain (Valencia). They all arive at La Goulette, the sea port of Tunis, which is a handy place to start your vacation.

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