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.

Do & See

Get lost in the maze of the Medina's windy streets, occasionally stopping to marvel at the work of craftsmen or admire local art and architecture. Pay a visit to one of the former Islamic schools (many of them have been turned into cultural centers), and remember to stop for a glass of traditional hot mint tea. Only a few kilometers west of the city centre lie the coastal suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa and Gammarth, where most holiday resorts and luxury hotels are located. While La Marsa and Gammarth are known for their vibrant nightlife, Carthage (former seat of the powerful Carthaginian Empire) with its ancient Roman ruins is a must to explore for history lovers.