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The first Arab capital in north Africa, houses the Great Mosque and is the holy city of Tunisia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s about 40 miles inland of Sousse, well worth a visit in the cool seasons, but the desert location is too hot to handle in the summer!
With mosques, madrassas, and tombs aplenty, Kairouan has more than its fair share of monuments as the fourth most important city for those of the Muslim faith. The Arabic architecture here is truly inspiring, and the skyline is full of skinny minarets and bulky domes. But it's probably the back alleys of the city's Medina that steal the show. With narrow, maze-like lanes lined with crumbling colourful houses, Kairouan's old town has an enchanting, lost-in-time atmosphere that is a true highlight of a visit here.