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“A real surprise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Medina of Tunis

Medina of Tunis
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$41.77*
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Half-Day City Tour of Tunis
Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Tunis
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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.
Huntly, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A real surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

We were really surprised how enjoyable this turned out to be..full of real Tunisia..lots of work still to do but nice contrast between the renovated and untouched ..nice restaurants tucked away up alleys and always something new to discover

Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“A Souq like any other”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

We visited the medina in Tunis as part of a Day trip from our hotel. We got there sort of early and were taken around by our guide. He advised us which areas not to go and left us to explore at our leisure. The streets are cobbled and can get slippery when wet, so watch your step! Be prepared for very aggressive shopkeepers any time you pay any attention to something in their store. One of our "tips" is try to look where local people are buying things and go to the same places. We found an excellent sweet shop like this and the shopkeeper was nice and helpful and we also got good recommendations from the other customers (locals). The sweets we bought were freshly made (he fried a batch for us) and cost a fraction of the prices we found in supermarkets. It helps if you speak French/Arabic. Overall its interesting for one visit, but very similar to the souqs in other Arabic countries.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Delight to the senses but avoid scammers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

I loved walking around and being lost in the medina, a highlight to the 5 senses full of colour, sound, and scents. It is well worth walking through to the back to the quieter areas to see Tunisian life rather than just tourist shops (if you go into these shops you MUST negotiate prices!). We were followed a number of times until we agreed to see the "government approved" gallery which is a carpet shop that will "close tomorrow". The best thing about this experience is that you are shown a rooftop with amazing views and if you are lucky like us manage to avoid the pressure of agreeing to buy goods you really don't need. As a woman I would recommend covering up as even though I was respectful of this I still felt stared at.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, but watch out for scammers !”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

Don't let them show you into shops, take pictures (unless you're prepared to pay a large tip) We had someone get very abusive when our tip was too low

Visited April 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Drove us mad!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

We took the train from Hammamet to Tunis which was cheap and convenient. I would advise covering up on public transport. Most Tunisians are using it to get about their normal business. It's busy and if you don't want to attract unwanted attention cover up from your wrists to your ankles. I didn't have any problems but the only other Europeans I saw in Tunis attracted a lot of attention since they were in beachwear. It's the equivalent of turning up on Oxford St in your bikini.

The medina drove us mad, it was far too busy and we got hassled too much which put us off making any potential purchases. Cheap shopping trip.

We headed out to Carthage which was a real treat. If you're stuck for time go through Tunis and take he metro to Carthage, then take a horse ride around some of the great sites. It's a great way to get around and very reasonably priced. The museum has AMAZING views.

Visited April 2013
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