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“Be careful, and enjoy”
Review of Medina of Sousse

Ranked #5 of 21 things to do in Sousse
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Owner description: This medina contains the Great Mosque of Sousse.
Reviewed December 27, 2007

I was in the medina at Sousse at Easter 2006. We were staying in Tunis city and had experienced the pleasures(!) of the medina there. Sousse I found had absolute tat on sale, with stalls owned by extremely unpleasant men who believed that grabbing your arm and calling you a whore in arabic was some kind of sale tactic. I also found the droves of scantily-clad italian cruise-ship women seemed to enjoy, encourage and develop this attitude. The mosque and the Ribat were very interesting to visit and refreshingly devoid of sexist unpleasantness, but in my opinion a long way to go for two tiny sites.
I think that Sousse has to look to its longer-term sustainablitiy with some urgency cos at this rate there is little to encourage the discerning visitor to return or to recommend it to others.

15  Thank fluffytapeworm
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Reviewed January 15, 2007

I go to Sousse a couple of years and can honestly say I have rarely had any problems in the Medina. Of course the shopkeepers try to part you from your money - if you don't buy from them you might spend it at the shop next door so they try to get in first! People warn you to ignore them and not even look at them but most do like to chat and practise their English (and a multitude of other languages) so try and learn just a few words of theirs, which at least gives the impression that you are not a complete novice. If I don't want to stop when they call out 'hello' I just give a wave and reply "aslemma" which means the same. If I can't be bothered to play the haggling game I just decide how much I'm prepared to pay (without knocking them down to rock bottom) and stick to it - they soon get the message and we usually settle for that. If it is too low they will let you walk away with no hard feelings on either side.

47  Thank Aslemma
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Reviewed October 15, 2006

If you're holidaying in Sousse, you have to visit the Medina for an experience like nothing else. When we went, it was very busy. Beware of pickpockets, you can quickly find yourself surrounded by a large group and it's difficult to keep tabs on what everyone is doing.

Check out the Soula Centre (fixed price shop adjacent to the main entrance to the Medina) before you go in to give you an idea of the sort of prices you could expect to pay for goods - apparently Medina prices should be 10 - 20% less but that will depend on your haggling skills. Tunisians are expert salesmen!! They all seem to have prefected a bizarre cockney accent, inviting you to " 'ave a butcher's mate! - Asda price, luvverly jubberly!". Once they have you in their shop it is very hard to "escape" without buying something. When you do, they can become very hostile and aggressive . My friend and I went there with our husbands, both six foot tall and powerfully built - this did not deter the Tunisians from making personal remarks and trying to touch us up, so if you're women on your own, be extremely cautious. A tip is to wear dark sunglasses to try and avoid making eye contact with the salesmen. They appear to have in-depth knowledge of the English person's psyche, i.e. not wanting to offend or be rude etc and take advantage of this!! However, after about 45 mins we kind of became bored by the repettition and left.

Outside of the Medina, you are likely to be accosted by small boys, seemingly "giving" you flowers. We tried to refuse but one of the boys shoved a small spray of (plastic) flowers down the front of my tee-shirt. Feeling sorry for him, I gave him 1 dinar and went to walk off. He followed me and told me that the flowers were actually 2 dinar!! I gave him them back as I hadn't wanted them in the first place - however, he ran off and didn't return my dinar either!! Later in the week we were near the Median again and the same boys tried the same thing. Being a little wiser this time, my husband demanded that they clear off which they did (at least small boys were scared of him!!)

Just to re-iterate, be safety aware at all times and watch out for each other - don't allow yourself to become separated from your group. But enjoy too!!

66  Thank Cheryl44
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