Ras lhilal: is a beach that belongs to the village of Ras El hilal which is far from the city of Sousse approximately 25 klm, and 40 klm from Derna. The beach is rich with different scenic views, a variety of fish, rocky pools and sea caves. The region of Ras Elhilal has probably taken its name from the form of its headland which looks like the moon, when you look at from the top of the mountain.
The most prominent landmarks of the village, Ras Elhilal, are:
1 The port of Gallarria
2 Balfo Valley
3 The valley of Mark the Evangelist
4 Aain Stwa
5 Background basins
6 The old ship at the entrance of the village
7 Rainbow resort is built in an Italian style, and Al Yanabiaa resort is adjacent to the beach.
8 The village
9 The streamlet
This place has a myriad of historical monuments like the valley of Marks or the valley of Mark the Evangelist.
Al Athroun or Athroun is a small town, and it is about 9 klm to the east of Ras Elhilal. Its name dates back to the Grecian era, and it was called as “Erythron” or Alhamra, which refers to the color of the soil.
In this region, there are some relics remaining from the Grecian era, among which a collection of graves sculpted in rocks, and they went back to the fifth century BC. The beaches of AL Athroun are distinctive with carves of rocks mingling with the sea. Al Athroun is made of seven beaches that start from (the cliff) Mariam to Om al Mradem, in which, during the Byzantine era, both the western and eastern churches were built in the period of rule of the emperor Justinian the first (527-565). The remains of the Churches were discovered in 1960, by the American researcher “Walterwidring”. In 1964, the Libyan Archeology Department included both churches in the list of Libyan historical monuments.