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“Take Yourself Back in Time”
Review of Medina of Tunis

Medina of Tunis
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Half-Day City Tour of Tunis
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Bardo Museum and Medina Guided Half-Day Tour in Tunis
Ranked #2 of 104 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.
Reviewed January 22, 2014

The city of Tunis, capital of Tunisia and home to the Arab Spring, is a very beautiful city of primarily white buildings set against the brown of the surrounding hillsides and the blue of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is exceptionally clean, vibrant with its cafes in the city center that exude the character of its past French colonial history and with its old city core known as the Medina.

The walls of the Media are long gone, but two of the old gates still remain. Once entering the narrow lanes that wind and twist through the maze of buildings there is a feeling of having been transported back a few centuries. Shops selling brass, carpets, clothing, jewelry, spices and other handcrafted treasures all vie for one's attention. Merchants are friendly, but a bit persistent in wanting you to visit their shop and make a purchase. But their persistence is friendly and it is possible to say no without giving offense.

If one gets away from the more commercial streets and wanders the residential lanes of the Medina, there are many architectural surprises in store. The buildings are primarily whitewashed and dazzle the eye in the bright sunlight. But it is the carved wood doors, either highly varnished or brightly painted, that each offers a different design. Capturing the essence of these quiet streets on camera enables you to come home with an image that speaks to the history of this city. If you ask inside many of the shops, you may be allowed to climb up narrow stairs to the rooftop and then be allowed to gaze across the old buildings punctuated here and there by minarets, a view that is sure to speak to your artistic soul.

5  Thank Lewis D
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Exploring the narrow streets was interesting with opportunities for photos. The souk is similar to many others and unfortunately has many vacant shops. Outside viewing of the mosque is interesting but not a stand out when compared to Great Mosque of Okba in Kairouan

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Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

I have never been to a place as bad as this one
Horrible experience you won't find a single women on street
And men troubling you around all the time

Won't recommend this to even an enemy

8  Thank Himanshu H
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I would like to spend 3 days in this souk. So much to see and beautiful artisan products. I went twice and only saw a quarter of it.

Thank Jill T
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

During daytime, there were a lot people selling something and the atmosphere was quite passionate.
However, in the night, there was few light inside Medina and I was a bit scared at this darkness. Actually, one tourist lady were waiting for gentleman who were walking in Medina to attend her, and she followed myself and my wife to the central Medina.
I do not recommend ladies to walk in here alone.

2  Thank YacchanAmarone
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