Beja was built as a military town, laid out in a uniform grid pattern, but has since developed into a charming place with some interesting archaeological remains.
The simple white-washed houses with their red roofs contract sharply with the surrounding green fields and hillside. The medina is one of Tunisia’s most authentic. The old town remains almost untouched and it has numerous mosques along its bustling streets which are lined with shops. In the western quarter are some old cave dwellings, still in use. The craggy mountains are covered with tall pines and cork trees.
Attractions close to Beja are the Byzantine fort which was until recently used as a military base in the more modern 19 century buildings.