UNESCO World Heritage-listed Phoenician trading-post of Sabratha
There are other beautiful remains in Sabratha – the temple of Serapis impresses, as do the shoreline ruins of Justinian’s basilica – but it’s hard to tear yourself away from the theatre. Set a little away from Sabratha’s other relics, it’s a little unfair to call this a ruin – after a restoration in the 1920s it’s in superb shape, and is still used as an arena for theatre and concerts. It would be foolish not to: the towering, three-tiered facade behind the stage is classically beautiful, and rises a full 20 metres, and the stage itself, by the way, is Roman-enormous – over 40 metres long. All around, of course, are postcard-worthy views of Mediterranean seas under cloudless skies. Come here, then try imagining a more perfect venue.