On Location: A View The Mediterranean Coast From Mahdia, Tunisia

Did you know that the coastal city once served as a base for pirates?

Mahdia currently has a population of around 62,189 people. Video: Sarah Sparks

by Staff Reporter

Lifestyle 17 June 2019

Mahdia is the capital of Mahdia Governorate and is a provincial centre, north of the city of Sfax and is south of Monastir and southeast of Sousse.

The name Mahdia means “the rightly guided one” and comes from the city’s founder ʿUbayd Allāh al-Mahdī, of the Fāṭimid dynasty, who established Mahdia between 912 and in 921.

Mahdia has an incredibly varied and intresting history having been occupied be serval different people.

During the medieval times, it served as a base for pirates and was briefly occupied by Spain in the mid-16th century but was ruled under the Ottoman Empire in the late 16th century.

WATCH: The Mediterranean coast from Mahdia, Tunisia

With a current population of around 62,189 people, given its coastal location Mahdia has long been associated with the fish-processing industry (mainly sardines and mackerel), as well as weaving olive cultivation, olive oil milling, and handicraft manufacturing, particularly weaving.

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