Medina of Sousse
Medina of Sousse
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  • Domino5150
    Chester, United Kingdom62 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture but what else
    Firstly Beware of scammers and pickpocketing as in the small markets it is thriving here as a place it is beautiful but it gets a little annoying with each turn through the medina stalls and shop owners want you to "look at their shop" mostly friendly but tedious in 43⁰c heat. If you can't walk great or unaided I wouldn't recommend it here as there are lots of cobblestone and uneven floors. If you do visit here though the architecture is beautiful and certainly something to take in how beautiful it is as a place. There is lots of rubbish and the smell of the drains is very pungent but it goes after a few moments and returns shortly after. We found one place to eat which was clean and very reasonably priced nothing too much in terms of things to do but beautiful to look at and have a look around
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Sa555
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    Our first visit to the medina cut short as my younger boys did not enjoy it (aged 10&12). The next day I returned for a second visit with my daughter (16) and we loved our experience. We spoke to some of the locals who were very friendly. We had some lovely bracelets made by a young man who was a short distance in and to the right (opposite a man selling water and cigarettes). He was so shy and sweet. He asked his friend to come over to translate as he didn’t speak English (he was sweet too!). Make sure you go and see them! Be mindful that you will need to haggle to get the price you are happy to pay. You will be constantly approached to look in their shops, but a simple no thank you was accepted. Remain firm and polite and you will have an enjoyable experience! Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • WYorks
    Bolton, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chaotic, stuffy, but well worth it!
    This is a chaotic experience but well worth it if you are prepared! We found bargains on these stalls on items that we found elsewhere at a much higher price. Zip your belongings, say no politely to anyone who tries to entice you into their shop (unless you want to go in) or to walk with them, then walk on and ignore them. The Medina is stuffy, with its narrow winding streets, so perhaps should be left for a cooler part of the day. We enjoyed our slice of Tunisian life.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • will
    Cardiff, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience, don’t be scared by reviews you read. It’s just a different way to selling than in Europe
    Really enjoyed the experience, felt quite safe here a lot of the reviews you read are not a true representation of these types of markets, the sellers have a lot of competition and just want your custom, a simple no thank you and they aren’t going to follow you or anything, some get a bit annoyed if you ignore them and might keep shouting but they’re not going to do anything to you. It’s very busy but it’s a great experience to be amongst full of so many different people and great smells of the spices. Most shops sell a similar thing Would definitely recommend a few hours walking about here.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Lorraine65
    121 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Medina, Sousse
    It was OK...glad we went. Got a nice little bag, some nice flats and a ring. There was a lot of repeat stuff. People in the hotel raved about the perfume stalls...wish we tried them now! To note : turn your hotel bands over, we got stopped as soon as we got out of the taxi 'hi, I'm a waiter at your hotel, it's my day off, let me take you to this great little shop.' Be prepared to be approached by everyone..just be firm but polite and keep walking. Be prepared to knock their price down to at least half/what you want to pay and then stick to it..they'll fold rather than see you walk. And...if the taxi driver shows you a leaflet for a 'little shop he knows' he's probably going to stop on the way, so again, be firm but politely say no. Overall, we enjoyed the hassle and friendly if pushy banter but do it for the experience rather than the goods. Ribat and mosque also in the Medina, but we weren't appropriately dressed to go in.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • sturob47
    Anderstorp, Sweden400 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The old world as it was
    Nice to see and read about the historical part of Sousse with a maze of small streets bustling with people and lots of market stalls selling just about everything you can think of, most of it second hand. Just be wary of the guys who pretend to know you from your hotel, they all apparently have brothers/cousins/uncles who own a clothes shop/jewellery shop/carpet shop. Be particularly careful of pickpockets and choose your taxi carefully, arrange a price before you get in it
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 14, 2023
  • A S
    5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harrowing
    Good to see but beware of people who say they work in your hotel and will show you the 'government shops' the one we met was standing actually in our hotel! They will the you to five shops .jewellry,clothes,leather,carpets and souvenirs. They are paid by these shops by what you buy at ridiculous high prices. You can barter with them but still will probably pay far too much. You will be taken to these shops only ,,given drinks and get a very hard sell.they are verbally forceful.best to say a firm no to either the person trying to show you around or in the shop. Don't feel obliged to sit them and listen to their speel.just walk out if necessary. The carpet shop is the worst they got quite stroppy when I said I didn't want a carpet!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Jon C
    Thornbury, United Kingdom3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be aware...
    Be aware, it is likely you will be approached with "You don't remember me?" And a gentleman will claim he was either your driver or works at your hotel before claiming to not be a guide. They then take you to a mates shop where they fill them in, I'm arabic, regarding comission etc. Anyway, when they claim to be from your hotel, I had a nice game playing with them... Making false complaints about the drains, service or anything else at their hotel.... It soon made them leave. Or the alternative was "I am not at a hotel" and watch them squirm The Medina itself is nice enough, the quality of textiles is not at all like those from Turkey. And the prices are higher too.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Tyty1608
    Essex, United Kingdom15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okay
    It was okay. Quite a lot of shops selling sports clothing, and lots of other China made wears. Did not have the traditional feel we were expecting to experience. Perhaps because it was low season - not a lot of tourists so it's just locals going about their life
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,133 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Generic Medina
    We stopped here as part of a day trip from Tunis. The place was pretty busy but nothing stood out. It seemed pretty average. Our only purchase was two types of nougat. It was our first experience eating the Tunisian style. It was extremely hard and almost impossible to cut. Once was enough for us.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2024
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y07k
Leicester, UK127 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We have just returned from Tunisia, staying at Riyadh Palm Hotel in Sousse. We visited the Medina of Sousse, but am sorry to advise it was the worst experience ever.

We were targeted from all sides from sellers and local trades men, who even after letting people know we are not interested and we do not want to buy anything, still we were harassed, with traders and sellers following us from a distance keeping any eye on us.

This whole experience let us very dissatisfied with the area.

The Medina cost to go in side was 10 Tunisian dinar ( £2.50 ish), on entering the building, it opens up to a rectangular open courtyard with colonnaded corridors running on all four sides, the covered are to the far side where the prayers are taken place can bee seen through open windows but one is not allowed to visit this area.

I guess being a live working Mosque determines who and what time one can visit.

All in all the visit was okay but the local tradesmen surrounding he Medina has left a scar and I don't think I would be visiting anything like this again. Shame really, on another day may be it would have been different.

BE warned to all who are prepared to visit the Medina of Sousse. watch out pick pockets and alike and be prepared to get harrassed with inflated prices off all goods, and rip off merchants.
Written February 28, 2023
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jill150
Hessenford, UK131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We were recently in Sousse so we just had to visit the Medina. We were part of a trip so our guide, Walid, told us what to expect. He explained that the walls were built in the 9th century, that the Mosque was the only one in Tunisia without minerets and about the Ribat. He also explained that there were many beggars in and around the city; which was quite sad to see. Of course, these people are harmless but it’s a reality check. Yes, you get nagged and the traders do their utmost to get you inside their shops, but that’s their livelihood; you’ll not be harmed. If you don’t want anything, just politely say “no thank you “. The leather goods are good value, we were taken inside a shop where the jackets etc were made, it was great to see. Yes, you’ll go through the food market where you can buy lovely spices etc, but you also experience a rather smelly fish market and a butchery, which isn’t anything like you’d find in UK. Don’t be shocked by the sight of goats heads, it’s Tunisian culture, embrace it. Keeps your wits about you, stay on the main streets and enjoy your experience.
Written June 23, 2022
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Medina of Sousse is located on the side of a hill, facing the sea. It is a pleasure to walk through its narrow streets with the atmosphere of other times, to haggle in the souks. The souk is the Arab market. It is a real pleasure to walk through the narrow streets and breathe in the breath of the Arab world. Inside, the social life of the city takes place, not just the commercial one. In the souk it is possible to find everything: clothes, wood carvings, leather products, wonderful cafes, butcher shop, perfumes, photos ... most of the stalls, however, specialize in leather goods, perfumes and spices. If we buying something, it is necessary to bargain, not only to save some money, but also to fully enter the local culture. The Medina of Sousse dominate by the tall figure of the Khalef Tower, the old city has preserved its medieval ramparts and numerous monuments that testify to its past as a stronghold: the Ribat, fort and place of religious retreat, the Great Mosque with the appearance of a fortress, the impressive Kasbah, The Sousse Archaeological Museum is a great place to get to know the rich history of the city, and of course the lifeblood of the city is the Bab Jadid market, which is in the very center of the Medina. Third largest city in Tunisia, Sousse has a lively city center with numerous shops and entertainment venues, and a superb seafront.
Written December 8, 2022
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TheCount69
Rochdale, UK880 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Well i walked half an hour from my hotel to the medina and was approached multiple times by males pretending to be my waiter/chef from the hotel. Usual line is "you don't remember me" or "remember me from the hotel".
A firm no should put them off but they are persistent, like a lion stalking a gazelle, I travel a lot and usually a confident no will suffice.
If you are unfortunate to walk with one of these guys he will take you to shops and then he gets a cut, or he will ask for money from you if you tell him to leave you alone.
Once inside the walls it is bedlam, narrow ginnels, lots of stalls and you are hassled constantly, my advice is don't go in unless there is something you want to buy.
I haggled well for a wallet and made the mistake when he asked if I need anything else of sayin t shirts, within a few seconds he had walked me to his "fathers shop" who was actually younger than he was. I wanted 1 t shirr, but he insisted on selling me 2, haggling started at 360d and finished at 110d still more than I wanted to pay, when I said no they blocked my exit between them, not to be intimidated I took a step back let them adjust their stance and pushed through the right of them back into the alleys, the leather seller followed me telling me to go back and pay 80d. By this time I'd had enough and just confidently walked on. I met two girls in the hotel who had been taken to a shop where they locked the doors until the bough a gold chain, they never went back.
As a confident traveller all over the world, this place is intimidating and you need to stand firm, there are though good bargains to be had, just don't get trapped inside
Written December 24, 2023
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billaklwndr
London, UK10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Horrible experience! Just wanted to wander around the place made the mistake of wearing my hotel wrist band and so was met at either end by conmen taking me around to every and any shop wouldn't leave me alone. They expect tips even though you never asked for their help or directions, won't leave you alone. Shopkeepers very pushy even wen i told them i wouldnt be buying anything so i didnt need to go into the shops. The fixed price shops are good value for money and have very good quality products so better sticking to those, paying the little extra is worth the experience.
Written November 25, 2021
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Sa555
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Our first visit to the medina cut short as my younger boys did not enjoy it (aged 10&12).

The next day I returned for a second visit with my daughter (16) and we loved our experience. We spoke to some of the locals who were very friendly.
We had some lovely bracelets made by a young man who was a short distance in and to the right (opposite a man selling water and cigarettes). He was so shy and sweet. He asked his friend to come over to translate as he didn’t speak English (he was sweet too!). Make sure you go and see them!

Be mindful that you will need to haggle to get the price you are happy to pay. You will be constantly approached to look in their shops, but a simple no thank you was accepted.
Remain firm and polite and you will have an enjoyable experience!

Definitely worth a visit!
Written August 9, 2023
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will
Cardiff, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed the experience, felt quite safe here a lot of the reviews you read are not a true representation of these types of markets, the sellers have a lot of competition and just want your custom, a simple no thank you and they aren’t going to follow you or anything, some get a bit annoyed if you ignore them and might keep shouting but they’re not going to do anything to you.
It’s very busy but it’s a great experience to be amongst full of so many different people and great smells of the spices. Most shops sell a similar thing

Would definitely recommend a few hours walking about here.
Written September 17, 2023
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Amy
Liverpool, UK32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Not sure if its the time we visited (4/5pm) or what but the experience we come away with was awful.

It was full of scammers and pickpockets. We had come in a taxi from port el kantaoui and turned our wristbands inside out so the hotel was not noticeable and it was just a plain white wristband, we stepped out of the taxi and a man knew exactly what hotel we come from and pretended to work there…. not sure how he knew this information. You receive constant hassle of basically everyone.

At one point we was the only tourists who were evidentially tourists and the amount of unwanted attention I received was astronomical, they did not care that I was not alone and was walking with a male. This is the only place I have ever felt genuinely uncomfortable and unsafe.

Maybe its better of a morning when there are more tourists but we never went back to find out one experience of it was one too many.
Written April 19, 2024
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Domino5150
Chester, UK62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Firstly Beware of scammers and pickpocketing as in the small markets it is thriving here as a place it is beautiful but it gets a little annoying with each turn through the medina stalls and shop owners want you to "look at their shop" mostly friendly but tedious in 43⁰c heat.
If you can't walk great or unaided I wouldn't recommend it here as there are lots of cobblestone and uneven floors.
If you do visit here though the architecture is beautiful and certainly something to take in how beautiful it is as a place. There is lots of rubbish and the smell of the drains is very pungent but it goes after a few moments and returns shortly after. We found one place to eat which was clean and very reasonably priced nothing too much in terms of things to do but beautiful to look at and have a look around
Written August 7, 2023
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Ishtiaq A
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Wish we had read the reviews before going. Soon as we stepped out of taxi approached by man claiming to be a bus driver for our hotel.

Wanted to take us to Spice, Leather, Trainer & Jewelry shop.

Very aggressive sales tactics in each of the shops. Leather shop tried to block my wife in, had to physically push him out of the way. He got so angry when we walked out he threw the leather jacket in street.

Just walk straight out once in, don't sit down or accept any drinks etc. They won't let you leave. If you want to buy anything offer half price and start to walk out if they don't like it.

Fortunately we did not spend anything too expensive. Only things we actually wanted to buy. They think they are ripping you off but due to the strong pound you can get a good deal if you are forceful and Strong.

Number one rule cover your hotel wrist bands if you are thinking of going Second if you can, please avoid Sousse Madina at all costs. It is not a nice friendly place for tourists. Very scary and intimidating especially if you are a woman or have children.
Written December 27, 2023
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