Get up early and run the Ancien Medina, the city’s walled historic section. Once the day gets going, the narrow, windy streets are crowded and running in the area would be more difficult. We suggest creating your own route, but have mapped a 6 km loop as a guideline.
Start at the landmark Grand Socco Square, where you can run around this plaza and then into Mendoubia Garden. Then, head toward the water through the Ancien Medina, creating your own route along the hilly, narrow streets and alleys. Make your way to the Dar Al-Baroud Tower on the waterfront. Then head slightly west to make sure you run the Bab Bhar Stairs to the Bab Al Bahr gate — an old gate with a scenic overlook. There’s a path from Bab Al Bahr toward the Bab Kasbah, which are the two gates at the western end of the Medina. From Bab Kasbah, run for 0.5 km along Rue Assad Ibn al Farrat to the nicely landscaped Marshan Park toward the Marshan Palace. Then run toward the water through the paths around the Merkala Gardens, east along the waterfront path, and then back through the Medina for the return.
Add-On: Waterfront route. Can add many km along the water.
- Outline route is 6 km (3.7 miles)
- Some hilly sections -- including the Bab Bhar Stairs
- Grand Socco Square is a good starting point. Can also start at Dar Al-Baroud Tower or one of the ancient gates