Medina of Kairouan
Medina of Kairouan
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Tourists appreciate the leatherwork and other crafts available in this ancient city’s old quarter (medina).
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,078 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Impressive place with their historic buildings painted white and blue. Watch out for motorbikes darting around. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to cross the road. Great for grabbing a bite and souvenir hunting.
Written 13 February 2024
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Sally M
49 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was my favorite medina out of the four I visited (Tunis, El Kef, Tozeur, and Kairouan) and well worth the overnight stay. Incredibly picturesque. It was fairly quiet when I went but with plenty of interesting sights and lots of little workshops and such, big enough for a few hours even if you aren't shopping.

Only downside is that the Governor's House (a former residence-turned-rug-shop) has stationed persistent touts everywhere that pose as "friendly locals" who just want to show you the sights but of course are really just trying to drag you to the store in hopes of some commission. Nobody was threatening, but several did try to lie to us about this area or that area being off-limits (the first group we encountered told us the entire medina was closed for a festival, which was just obviously not true once we were in it) so that they could put us off balance and basically force us to follow them (because everywhere else was supposedly forbidden). It was easy enough to ignore once we figured out the scam and it shouldn't keep anyone from visiting this magical place, but please don't fall for the ruse.
Written 19 December 2023
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Bart D
Mortsel, Belgium20 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Best thing I visited during our stay in Tunesia. Don't hesitate; this is worth a trip. Authentic medina, bustling with life. Vibrant in any way and not a lot of tourists.
Written 7 November 2023
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Shifa B
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Beautiful and serene place. As a muslim, I felt less welcomed in Tunisia despite it being a muslim country but Kairoun was different. People were so welcoming. No harrassing from shop keepers. Loved it.
Written 11 June 2023
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TravellingButlers
Norwich, UK46 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
You've got to expect a bit of hassle walking around a North African Medina, but the people are all friendly and it's completely safe here. Been to a few medinas, this one is really quaint and pretty and a lot of the buildings are in the Tunisian style (white with blue windows are doors). We took a baby and a toddler so don't be afraid to enter and take a wonder through the streets!
Written 9 March 2022
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden547 contributions
Nov 2021
A nice medina in the old city part which is still protected by the walls. Buy the famous makroud here. Admire the architecture of the houses where the locals still live and work.
Written 30 November 2021
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania12,963 contributions
Aug 2019
Kairouan - the fourth holiest city of the Islam (after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem) just to let you know a little bit on the city.
Kairouan is also the former capital of Tunisia - so it once was the most important city of the country.
The Medina - or the old city center - has several things to offer - from the typical shops where you can find the souvenirs you need to buy from Tunisia. Don't forget prepare to bargain and also be patient it will be some hussle from the merchants, but it is a cultural thing so you must not take it personally. So you can find excellent quality and it is up to your bargaining skills how much it's gonna cost you.
Beside the shops , you have small eateries and tea/coffee shops, you have old city walls to visit.
Than you have the several Mosques that you will find in the Medina and some other holy places . Beware, be dressed appropriately and show respect when entering the places of worship - regardless what religion you are, pay the due respect to others believes.
To sum it up - it was a true cultural imerition strolling through the Medina - great nonetheless definitely a must do when you travel to Tunisia.
Written 25 December 2019
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peetajohn
Norton, UK686 contributions
Oct 2019
This was a varied medina with all sorts of stalls ranging from all the local goods and food stalls to the normal tourist stuff.
OK, you have to expect a bit of hassle from the sellers of tourist goods but it was never very intrusive - and always reasonably friendly.
We enjoyed it so much we did it all a second time.
A great local experience.
Written 1 November 2019
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Saira T
Watford, UK37 contributions
Jun 2019
We enjoyed the walk through the medina. We visited a bakery on the way and bought the famous sandwich. Very pleasant but more fun with a local guide
Written 29 August 2019
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Brian L
Manchester, UK604 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited here on a 2 day trip that we were on while on holiday. The medina was a great place to look around as all of the prices are set by the government so there is no haggling and nobody bothering you to buy things. We found the prices really cheap but good quality. Definitely worth a look as the selection is amazing. We bought a handbag, purse, spices and a pestle and mortar.
Written 18 August 2019
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