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Mahdia is a Tunisian coastal town located at about 200 km south of the capital Tunis.
Today, the economy of Mahdia is mainly based on tourism, fishing and olive oil.

First fishing port in Tunisia, it is busy at certain times, and has its own blue fish canneries conditioning. You can admire the trawlers equipped for fishing lampara (night).

The town is  the home of many olive oil mills which produce olive oil as well as soap.
Mahdia is also famous for its weaving industry (silk and wool) and crafts (jewelry, leather, wood, etc.)..

Its white sandy beaches,its history make of Mahdia a popular seaside resort.

The touristic area is located north of the city, specifically in front of the district Hiboun.Most hotels are located by the seaside and offers variety.

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Mahdia has a few monuments and sites of interest. Skifa Kahla or Bab Zouila, a large fortified gate dating back to the beginning of the tenth century (built between 916 and 921) and restored in the sixteenth century is still one of the access points to the historical center of the city and one of the few vestiges of the old remparts, Bordj El Kebir, a fortress, with a curved archway and leading into a large 
courtyard, monitors the tip of Cape Africa since 1595.

The Great Mosque, founded in 916 by the Shiite Ubayd Allah al-Mahdi, is unique in Tunisia as it has now no minaret.
It has undergone several changes and renovations.
It was rebuilt between 1961 and 1965 only to be preserving the forefront of the tenth century.

Hadj Mustapha Hamza Mosque, built in 1772 and restored in the twentieth century, is a fine example of religious architecture at Ottomane era.
Mahdia is also known for its marine cemetery located on the seafront at the end of the peninsula.