Medina of Tunis


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Medina of Tunis

The historic heart of the nation's capital, the Medina is a maze of winding streets bustling with life during daytime. Walk down the souqs to witness craftsmen at work, pay a visit to one of the historic monuments (the Zitouna mosque, oldest in town, is a must-see) or simply haggle away for unique, hand-made items at the plentiful shops and stalls.


The number one shopping spot in the city of Tunis is, of course, the Medina and its endless narrow souqs, most of which specialize in a particular product - whole streets here are devoted to books, spices, textiles, ceramics, natural cosmetics and other goods. Haggling is expected here, so the first price you hear may be eventually decreased to a mere fraction. If haggling becomes overwhelming, head to the new part of town, or "nouvelle ville", where most shops sell a very similar array of goods but offer fixed prices and are pleasantly air-conditioned. Those with a sweet tooth should stock up on "candy" made with dates, boxes of which make good edible gifts and souvenirs.