After the Arab conquest, Sfax developed as an Islamic trading center serving the Berber nomads. Its ramparts, originally erected in the ninth century, were maintained and improved by the Sicilian Normans in the 12 th century, by the Spanish in 16 th as well as by Barbary Coast pirates in 17 th and 18 th .

Sfax is now Tunisia 's second-largest city. The Medina's ramparts have been carefully restored though the focus here is on exporting phosphates, Olives , olive oil, almonds and canned fish.

     Sfax is a fishing port-Mediterranean climate with warm sunny days. It is one of the most inexpensive parts of Tunisia offering beautiful beaches and historical treasures .

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