Medina of Tunis
Medina of Tunis
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The city’s old quarter hearkens back to the opulence once prevalent from the 12th to the 16th century.
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  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, United Kingdom1,652 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great explore
    We spent an afternoon here. We were very lucky as we had a good guide from our days tour and he took us into the center of the Medina. We were then given free time to wander back to the main street which was good. I would recommend a good explore.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Sid_The_Gunner
    Fairford, United Kingdom111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good to wonder for an afternoon
    Quite nice to walk around. its not huge so never got lost and you will probably end up at a nice square with a fountain and a hotel with seating outside for a coffee. Locals seem to shop here and there are a lot of shops that sell tourist souvenirs. Great food stalls and lots of colour and smells. I never felt threatened or unsafe at any point. The market in Cairo is much better but this was good too and worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 October 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,519 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited here early!
    Storeowners were still setting up their stuffs when I entered the Medina around 8:30 am. Like any other medinas, they are selling clothings, shoes, bags, spices, ceramics, jewelries, etc. Inside this Medina are several mosques that are only opened to Muslims. Having recently visited several medinas in Morocco, this one is not that outstanding, much smaller in scale and fewer shopping selections. Tip: Visit the Gate and the Square with fountains and beautiful, ornate buildings before entering the Medina.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 October 2023
  • LeMarc244
    Albany, Australia14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tips for Travel
    It's a nice city. Good to learn a bit of French. Anyone who says they "work at your hotel", tell them you know their scam and move on!!! You can use the Bolt taxi app however meter taxis are cheaper. There is surcharge for bag /suitcase put in boot/trunk. Tourist tax applies at hotels.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 October 2023
  • JSTrip_77
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds
    Akin to the souks of the Gulf States, the Medina is a compact and charming area filled with shops, restaurants, mosques, alleys and peddlers of all types. It is not only for tourists though there are plenty of things to catch a tourists eye! I saw previous reviews which focused on trash. I did not find the medina to be particularly trash-strewn considering the throngs of people and activity. Even if you don't want to buy anything (try to resist!), it is a truly immersive cultural experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Toru O
    Setagaya, Japan2,106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful buildings and alleyways
    The old part of the city is located next to the main station. Its buildings are beautifully decorated and represent the ancient part of the city. The Grand Mosque and Ribat are located next to the Medina. Definitely worth visiting if you are in Sousse.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 January 2024
  • Samantha M
    London, United Kingdom309 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute maze, so have some form of maps that works
    An absolute maze, so have some form of maps that works if you have an exit meeting place and time. Take a few off the beaten track turns as a lot of the medina is housing and derelict, great photo ops. Check out the Tunisian carpets as they are VERY cheap in here. Measure up before you leave home. You can buy pretty much anything and everything in here and the surrounding areas, so allow plenty of time to wander around. Carpets, abayas/kaftans, leather and silver items are especially good value. Unlike other Arabic medinas this closes at around 18:00 hrs so go in the daytime.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 February 2024
  • andycoldham
    Crawley, United Kingdom914 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting place
    The Medina of Tunis is the largest Median in the whole of the Tunisia. However like other Medinas I have been too it makes the mistake of allowing multiple shops to sell the same old tourist tat. It is easy to get lost here some watch your bearings carefully. In the centre of the Medina is one of the oldest mosques in Tunisia, sadly there was a big queue to get in, when we were there so we had to give it a miss. The cake and sweets area was nice to visit as free samples were often given out. Despite some reviews we did not find the shopkeepers very aggressive, yes they did try to encourage punters into their shops but a firm No Thanks was accepted with disappointment but not aggression.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2024
  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore942 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A typical market place found in any city in the Middle East North Africa Region .
    First off - I visited 4 places - Bardo Museum, Sidi Boussard, Carthage, Medina . I ranked them in the order I stated as I find medina looking like any Kazbah/Medina/Bazaar found in the MENA region . They are just noisy, crowded, sell the same stuff and you get haggled straight in your face throughout. The only good thing going for this medina is that the shopkeepers are a lot less aggressive unlike Dubai, Istanbul, Cairo and don’t manhandle you to come into their shops . Other than that , if you have nothing to do, then visit - but if you are expressively flying to Tunis to visit this place , don’t bother .
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 April 2024
  • DanylMidlandsUK
    28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No hassle, but a bit repetitive
    Pleasantly surprised by lack of intrusion. Quite pleasant to walk around. Early passages more crowded than further ones.Not as intense as others I’ve visited in N Africa. Stalls get quite similar after a while, but heckling prices are ok. I noted cats were being fed. Good on that.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
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stevebintley
Bedford, UK7,086 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
It’s certainly a large Medina, with a huge number of stores, but on a Saturday afternoon it was far too busy. It took an age walking through or getting into any of the stores and was generally an unpleasant experience. Fortunately none of the sellers were pushy and I didn’t get any hassle walking throughout, but a lot of the stores were rather repetitive in what they were offering.

For a cultural experience I’d recommend it but try go outside of peak times!
Written 3 April 2024
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DanylMidlandsUK
Midlands UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Pleasantly surprised by lack of intrusion. Quite pleasant to walk around. Early passages more crowded than further ones.Not as intense as others I’ve visited in N Africa. Stalls get quite similar after a while, but heckling prices are ok. I noted cats were being fed. Good on that.
Written 2 April 2024
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mel7155
Singapore, Singapore942 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
First off - I visited 4 places - Bardo Museum, Sidi Boussard, Carthage, Medina . I ranked them in the order I stated as I find medina looking like any Kazbah/Medina/Bazaar found in the MENA region . They are just noisy, crowded, sell the same stuff and you get haggled straight in your face throughout. The only good thing going for this medina is that the shopkeepers are a lot less aggressive unlike Dubai, Istanbul, Cairo and don’t manhandle you to come into their shops .

Other than that , if you have nothing to do, then visit - but if you are expressively flying to Tunis to visit this place , don’t bother .
Written 1 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

andycoldham
Crawley, UK914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Medina of Tunis is the largest Median in the whole of the Tunisia. However like other Medinas I have been too it makes the mistake of allowing multiple shops to sell the same old tourist tat. It is easy to get lost here some watch your bearings carefully. In the centre of the Medina is one of the oldest mosques in Tunisia, sadly there was a big queue to get in, when we were there so we had to give it a miss. The cake and sweets area was nice to visit as free samples were often given out. Despite some reviews we did not find the shopkeepers very aggressive, yes they did try to encourage punters into their shops but a firm No Thanks was accepted with disappointment but not aggression.
Written 19 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alan Mac
Norwich, UK142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Lovely crumbly alleys of shops. However, the shops themselves are full of cheap tourist tat. There are a few antique shops tucked away but not many actual quality craft shops.
Written 2 March 2024
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Samantha M
London, UK309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
An absolute maze, so have some form of maps that works if you have an exit meeting place and time.

Take a few off the beaten track turns as a lot of the medina is housing and derelict, great photo ops.

Check out the Tunisian carpets as they are VERY cheap in here. Measure up before you leave home.

You can buy pretty much anything and everything in here and the surrounding areas, so allow plenty of time to wander around. Carpets, abayas/kaftans, leather and silver items are especially good value.

Unlike other Arabic medinas this closes at around 18:00 hrs so go in the daytime.
Written 19 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

B T
London, UK1,216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
There’s lots of shops, the streets are narrow and busy. Shopkeepers aren’t too pushy. Be careful not to be robbed by pickpockets.
Written 3 February 2024
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The old part of the city is located next to the main station. Its buildings are beautifully decorated and represent the ancient part of the city. The Grand Mosque and Ribat are located next to the Medina. Definitely worth visiting if you are in Sousse.
Written 14 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Piotr M
Warsaw, Poland1,089 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Very nice place with many shops offering different local products and handicraft, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as many small places to eat local tasty food.
Written 5 January 2024
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JSTrip_77
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Akin to the souks of the Gulf States, the Medina is a compact and charming area filled with shops, restaurants, mosques, alleys and peddlers of all types. It is not only for tourists though there are plenty of things to catch a tourists eye! I saw previous reviews which focused on trash. I did not find the medina to be particularly trash-strewn considering the throngs of people and activity. Even if you don't want to buy anything (try to resist!), it is a truly immersive cultural experience.
Written 19 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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