The Roman amphitheater in El-Jem is the largest in Africa and the fourth largest worldwide. In my opinion it is better preserved than the Coliseum in Rome, because at least it is possible to go down to the sand and go through the aisles. The lion pits are preserved and the complicated system of cisterns. It's a must see if you visit Tunisia, its size and beauty are really impressive. It represents the best legend of the Roman Empire in this country along with the baths of Carthage and the Bardo Museum in Tunis. One recommendation: try to photograph at dusk, when the light makes the red stand out even more than normal.
Next to the craft center and the main entrance of El Jem amphitheatre stands the Grand Mosque. Entry is forbidden to tourists and non-Muslims, but from the amphitheater there is a good view of the minaret and arched courtyard. The entrance is also preceded by a portico with three arches, and the door is decorated with filigree carved in stone. Next to the minaret is a mausoleum.
Life in El Jem revolves around the gigantic Roman amphitheater. In stands close to the modern city, the mosque, and a "craft center". This is actually a set of outdoor stalls, which sell the classic tourist souvenirs including imitation tiles, straw hats, coats, cloth bags, necklaces and henna tattoos.
The Mahdia market takes place on Friday morning. Once in the centre of this small coastal town of 50,000 people, I was surprised by the size of this market, which seems to stretch for miles and miles. And the smells and the colours of spices transport you to another world, not to mention the pottery. It's a great place to shop. Don't forget to negotiate prices with suppliers!
Walking through the small streets of Madhya, I discovered all these at atmospheric and magical place with white houses with blue windows and small small alley filled with quaint shops selling slippers, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, everything! Be careful and bargain with the shopkeepers, as usual.