Medinas can be found in almost every city and town in Tunisia. The Medina is the old town, usually you can spot it from a distance, surrounded by high walls and offering a touch of history and culture.
Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, probably has the largest of the Medina’s. The Medina in Tunis spans over 270 hectares and is home to over seven hundred monuments, including the spectacular Zitouna Mosque.
Once you enter the gates to the Medina you will be welcomed by narrow roads that wind through the Medina, passing historical monuments and traditional architecture. Inside the Medina is where you find the souks, traditional markets, offering a selection of items.
Hammamet is a very popular tourist area of Tunisia and while the area is home to spectacular beaches and experience, it is also home to a beautiful Medina. The Medina in Hammamet is small. It sits right next to the sandy beach and offers souks, where you can shop for traditional items and a few historical buildings, including an old fort.
Kairouan is another top tourist destination in Tunisia, steeped in history and filled with culture and tradition. The Medina here isn’t the biggest, surrounded by high walls, gates and arches. The Medina of Kairouan offers monuments, mosques and a delightful and colorful souk selling a range of traditional items, including carpets, jewelry and more.
The Medina of Sousse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with a selection of historical and religious monuments. There is the monastery and right at the top of the Medina is the Kasbah with spectacular views. The winding narrow passages lead you to the souk selling a host of items to buy to take home with you.
Other Medinas worth mentioning include Monastir brimming with cobbled streets and Sfax, which is home to a great mosque and bustling souk.