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“Not a nice as the medina in Fez, Morocco” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Medina of Tunis

Medina of Tunis
Tunis, Tunisia
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Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Tunis
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: The city’s old quarter hearkens back to the opulence once prevalent from the 12th to the 16th century.
Nice, France
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“Not a nice as the medina in Fez, Morocco”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

If you've seen other medinas in north Africa, this one won't dazzle you. But then the merchants here don't overwhelm tourists with persistent invitations to buy stuff.

Visited November 2012
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“Crowded & Confusing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We visited the medina on November 15th 2012 (Al-Hijra) so there were more people than usual in and around the mosque. As a result the crowds were so thick in some places that we just had to go along with the flow. The network of narrow streets and alleys is complicated and so enclosed that its easy to loose sense of direction - be prepared with a good map. The shops and their range of goods seemed to be no better, no worse than other medinas we have visited in North Africa. Expect to be hassled (but not too much) and haggle.

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“Be prepared to say no!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Visited as part of day tour! Helped to have a guide. Really enjoyed walking around the narrow streets and were taken to several shops where obviously the guide was paid commission. Perfumery was interesting and given a carpet rug sales pitch at another. Carpet/ rugs were great beautiful and also the jewellery e.g amber. People will try and sell you things but you just need to be firm and say no and don't forget to haggle if you are interested.Felt totally safe when exploring alone.

Visited October 2012
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“4 night stay in the junior suite africa hotel”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

morocco is much better..and tunisian merchants are not friendly at all they have no idea what customer service is and only want to grab your money, even as they do that they dont thank you. i will never go back to tunisia

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“Love the Medina of Tunis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I live in Tunis and visit the Medina two or three times a month. I Love the shops and love the crowds. The Medina is not just for tourists; many Tunisians shop in the Medina and the neighborhoods around the Medina where clothing and household goods are inexpensive. I love the carpet and jewelry shops, and I visit a couple of antique shops though I don't know anything about local antiques. I found two jewelry shops where I can usually find silver bracelets and earrings. You have to be ready to bargain in the Medina. Don't pay the first price. Most vendors have enough words in several languages to bargain, but I do think that the higher the quality of the item the less discount you should expect. You could bargain harder for a newly made carpet than an antique silver or gold bracelet. Everyone is just trying to make a living and the economy of Tunisia has been hit hard. So, give the vendors a break. If you see something you love and the price is reasonable, buy it. I met someone once who would buy something and then ask the next shop owner if the price was good! Let it be.
Take home something useful and fun and beautiful.

Visited October 2012
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