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Sfax

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'''Sfax''' is on the east coast of [[Tunisia]], approximately midway on the highway between [[Tunis]] and the border with [[Libya]].
==Understand==[[Image:Sfax.jpg|thumb|300pxupright=1.3|The walls of Sfax's old Medina]]
==Get in==
Sfax has little to interest the tourist and is really only worth visiting as a staging point on a longer journey.
===By air===
Sfax-Thyna Airport has one flight two flights per week to/from Paris Orly CDG Aiport with Tunisair. You can also reach Sfax by internal flights with Sevenair from Djerba, Tozeur, Tunis or with a Libyan Air or Sevenair flight from Tripoli. ===By car===A highway connects Sfax to northern cities like Tunis and [[Sousse]].
===By train===
Train connections are available from the train station in the centre of Sfax to most major Tunisian cities.
The trains are NOT frequent, and slow. Sfax to Tunis is 4 hours by train, 3 hours by road for example, but much more comfortable!
[http://www.sncft.com.tn/fr/recherche/search_result_gl.php?dep_garre=452&date=21-03-2013&arr_garre=120&heure=00&min=00&ligne=GL] Last train Sfax to Tunis is 18:20]]
===By bus===
Sfax has two bus stations. Soretras, which is the regional bus company, and may not offer air-con buses, is on Rue Commondant Bejaoui, a few blocks past the central market.
 
SNTRI Bus station, which offers long distance buses, may be marked incorrectly on some travel guide maps. It is not across from the regional bus station, but is roughly 400 m to the south, along a dusty road through an industrial area over the train tracks. It is best best to take a taxi there, especially in the summer (less than 2 TD from the Medina/Blvd Republique). The bus station is in the same building as the TunisAir office.
Sfax has two bus stationsto Tunis by louage is 16 dinars, and you get driven by Stirling Moss talking on the phone the whole time steering with one hand, in a 9-seater minibus. SoretrasThe system looks chaotic, which and but is actually quite efficient. You join queue at a tatty window at front, pay your money, get ticket, and then walk through the building. Outside are all the regional bus companyminibuses, and may not offer A/C busses, they tell you which is on Rue Commondant Bejaouithe next one to go. They cram your case in the back, and minibus leaves when full - usually within a few blocks past minutes. Beware there is a collection AFTER you sit down of 300 millimes for the central markettolls.
SNTRI Bus station, which offers long distance busses, may be marked incorrectly on some travel guide maps. It is not accross from the regional bus station, but is roughly 400 M to the south, over the train tracks. It is probably best to take a taxi there, especially in the summer (less than 2 TD from the Medina/Blvd Republique). The bus station is Maybe avoid in the same building hot weather as the TunisAir officeTunisians seem to hate using air-con.
==Get around==
Public transport is easily available in Sfax. <br> Taxis are economical, and getting around in the downtown area should cost less than 2 TND per ride. They also tend to automatically use the meter. For example, this would include from Bab Bhar (south of the Medina) to Sfax Jdiid (north of the Medina), or from the Railway station to Hotel Syphax. 
Buses are rarely used by tourists, since they are irregular, slow and crowded. If you are going to a destination on one of the roads that radiate out of the city, a taxi might cost about 3.500 TND to kilometer 8, for example. A bus would only cost .510 TND. These buses depart from locations around the Medina (mostly to the north or to the east). The site www.ecfi-t.com has a useful map of bus routes, as well as other information about Sfax.
==See==
*<see name="Archaeological Museum" alt="" address="City Hall (Baladiya)" directions="Avenue Habib Bourguiba" phone="" url="" hours="8:30-1pm, 3-6pm" price="3 5 TND" lat="" long="">The ground floor of the former City Hall hosts an impressive collection of mosaics from the region, in particular the Roman towns of Taparura (where Sfax now is) and Thaenae (now Thyna, 11km west of Sfax). In November 2017 this museum was closed for renovations and it will reopen in March 2018.</see>*<see name="Kasbah" alt="" address="" directions="Southwest corner of the Medina" phone="" url="" hours="" price="3 TND" lat="" long="">The kasbah was a military garrison before and during the French Protectorate (1881-1956). The French influence (buildings, etc.) has been removed and the Kasbah now hosts rooms of displays relating the the industry for which Sfax is famous; construction, metalwork and the famous Bourj and Djenes of Sfax all have their own rooms. Additionally there is a display of religious architecture and some documents in another room, with an underground mosque area also worth a vist. Deinitely Definitely a HIGHlight is the view from the top of either of the towers that form part of the Kasbah.
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*<see name="Dar Djellouli" alt="" address="" directions="See map for location." phone="" url="" hours="" price="3 TND" lat="" long="">The Djellouli family has provided Sfax with a number of its governors over the years, particularly during the 1700s and 1800s. Dar Djellouli is also referred to as the Governor's Mansion, and is an example of traditional Medina architecture. It is built around a courtyard that is open to the sky, with two floors of balconies on four sides looking down on it. The rooms open onto these balconies, and house cultural items from the 1800s and even earlier. Costumes from the period can be viewed, as well as examples of cooking, calligraphy, embroidery, perfume distillation and furniture.</see>
*<see name="Café Diwan" alt="" address="" directions="Built into the Medina ramparts between Bab Diwan and Bab Kasbah" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Café Diwan was originally Bourj Al Resace, and a significant military post until the arrival of the French in 1881. The rooftop view of the city, the Taparura project, and the main Azria Synagogue (currently not in use) is aloine alone worth the visit.
Café Diwan is not a museum but a tea shop, which makes it doubly worth the visit. Enjoy a <i>Chicha</i> (Hookah), your choice of tea (Thé al la menthe with pine nuts is recommended) or coffee (espresso, direct or even Café Turc) or coca cola.
On the roof you will notice a circular wall, about waist height. This wall was the foundation of a water tower in the late 1800s. On your way out, slip into the circular room with the dome-shaped roof that supported the water tank, and listen to the reverberation as you speak. (Note: pay for you drinks as you leave, and consider leaving your change as a tip.)</see>
==Buy==
You can find a lot of shops in downtown area.
==Eat==
* <eat name="La perla" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
La perla* <eat name="Le Corail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
Le Corail * <eat name="Ciao Ciao" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>*<eat name="mechmecha" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.mechmecha.net/" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
==Drink==
* <drink name="Café Diwan" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The Tea House is just inside Bab Diwan is one of the best places to sit back and relax in friendly and comfortable surroundings. Cafe Diwan is located in the wall, literally, between Bab Diwan and Bab Kasbah, so it can be reached from either side. The stairs from the street will take you into the main room, but the roof is the place to sit and enjoy the view. <i>Thé</i> with pine nuts (‘pignons) or Café Turc (Turkish coffee) can be enjoyed there, as well as the regular offerings. Cafe Diwan was a fort, Bourj Al Resace, until the arrival of the French in 1881.</drink>
The Tea House * <drink name="Café Diwan" just inside Bab Diwan is one of the best places to sit back and relax in friendly and comfortable surroundings.alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></drink>
Cafe Diwan is * <drink name="Café Terrasse" alt="" address="" directions="located in the wall, literally, between Bab Diwan and Bab Kasbah, so it can be reached from either sideZephyr building" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">It's a good Salon de thé. The stairs from the street will take you into the main room, but the roof is the place to sit and enjoy the view. <i>Thé</idrink> with pine nuts (‘pignons) or Café Turc (Turkish coffee) can be enjoyed there, as well as the regular offerings. Cafe Diwan was a fort, Bourj Al Resace, until the arrival of the French in 1881.
Café Terrase is located in Zephyr building. It's a good Salon de thé. * <drink name="My House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></drink>
==Sleep==
===Budget===
Budget accomodations include several hotels immediately inside the medina from the main gate (Bab Diwan), just off to the right. Of these, Lonely Planet describes Hotel Besbes is considered as the least worst of these.
===Mid-Range===
* <sleep name="Hotel Thyma" alt="" address="37 rue Habib Maazoun" directions="parallel to Blvd Republique" phone="74 225 317" email="" fax="74 225 773" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">What Hotel Thyma lacks in charm it makes up for in cleanliness, powerful hot showers, and friendly management (who all speak French, and some English). Prices, as of March June '0915, were 35are 50/55 80 for a single/double, all year round. A discount may be available in the low season. Rooms include balconies, private bath, and television.</sleep> * <sleep name="Naher El Founoun" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+216 74 444 421 / +216 74 442 910 / FAX:+216 +216 74 442 915" url="http://www.hotel-naherelfounoun.com/ang/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">3 stars.</sleep>
===Splurge===
 
The lonely planet is not complimentary to any of the hotels in the Splurge category.
 
* <sleep name="Sfax Center" alt="" address="15 Ave. Habib Bourguiba" directions="walk straight out of the train station, about 5 blocks, on your left" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="120+ TD" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Listed as four stars. May be overpriced.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Les Oliviers Palace" alt="Zitouna (5 stars) located " address="Located in the downtown, near the harbor." directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">(5 stars)</sleep>
* <sleep name="Borj Dhiafa" alt="" address="Route Soukra Km 3, 3052" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.hotel-borjdhiafa.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""> 30 rooms. Located on the road to Soukra, Borj Dhiafa Hotel is a superb business hotel built recently. It has a swimming pool with massage column. Take a relaxing stay in a hotel with architecture typical of the region. (5 stars)</sleep>
* <sleep name="Nahr El FounounSangho Syphax" alt="" address="Route Soukra" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" checkin="" checkout="" faxprice="" urllat="" checkinlong="" checkoutemail="" pricefax="">4 stars? - what a laugh! 2**, but very pleasant staff, AND they have alcohol.It's a good hotel for business meetings, and has a thriving conference/seminar business</sleep>
* <sleep name="Syphax" alt="" addressStay safe="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
==Get out==
*Catch the ferry out to the [[Kerkennah Islands]], where traditional fishing methods are still practiced practised today.
*Head south for [[Tataouine]] and its Berber influences.
*If you have a visa which permits, continue on the coast road into Libya.
*Travel southwest (via [[Gabes]])to the town of [[Matmata]] and its Star Wars film-set hotel.
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