Tunis - Medina

Until the ninteenth century, the Medina was an oval-shaped walled city. The walls which have long since disappeared, apart from a few town gates, and their place has been taken by a ring of streets around the old town, which is...

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Until the ninteenth century, the Medina was an oval-shaped walled city. The walls which have long since disappeared, apart from a few town gates, and their place has been taken by a ring of streets around the old town, which is in the form of an oval measuring 1,500m/1,640yds from north to south by 800m/880yds from east to west.

The Medina of Tunis is the largest in Tunisia and the finest after the Medina of Kairouan. Originally going back to the ninth-11th centuries, it dates in its present form largely from the Hafsid (13th century) and Turkish (17th-18th century) periods. The French demolished its outer walls but left it otherwise unchanged.

 

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Bizerte - Medina

Whilst there is a lack of Souks and monuments the Medina of Bizerte is a labyrinthine of streets and alleys. The streets are named after the various craftsmen who live and work in them - the smiths in the Rue des Forgerons, the...

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Whilst there is a lack of Souks and monuments the Medina of Bizerte is a labyrinthine of streets and alleys. The streets are named after the various craftsmen who live and work in them - the smiths in the Rue des Forgerons, the armourers in the Rue des Armuriers, the carpenters in the Rue des Menuisiers, the butchers in the Rue des Bouchers, and so on.. The most impressive monuments lie next to the old port which was once the heart of this town.

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Hammamet - Medina

Surrounded by 15th century walls, the Medina of Hammamet is a maze of narrow and sometimes covered lanes. The wares displayed in the souks are all designed to appeal to the tourists. Most popular articles, are embroidery, potte...

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Surrounded by 15th century walls, the Medina of Hammamet is a maze of narrow and sometimes covered lanes. The wares displayed in the souks are all designed to appeal to the tourists. Most popular articles, are embroidery, pottery, leather goods and carpets.

 

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Kairouan - Medina

The heart of Kairouan town is its Medina. One of the best preserved medinas in Tunisia this town is surrounded by 10 metre high which are watched over by numerous defensive towers that were put up at the beginning of the 18th C...

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The heart of Kairouan town is its Medina. One of the best preserved medinas in Tunisia this town is surrounded by 10 metre high which are watched over by numerous defensive towers that were put up at the beginning of the 18th Century. Within the walls most of the streets are residential – but there’s a big carpet market which is pretty well known by visitors.

While the streets themselves are very old and look it, the current inhabitants show their wealth in ornate and colourful doors, windows and arches which look more like they belong in the Caribbean than Africa.

 

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Mahdia - Medina

In the center of Mahdia, on the narrow rocky peninsula, is the Medina. The new town extends to the west and south; to the northwest is a beautiful sandy beach. This Medina is small comparsion to other towns, but its maritime at...

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In the center of Mahdia, on the narrow rocky peninsula, is the Medina. The new town extends to the west and south; to the northwest is a beautiful sandy beach. This Medina is small comparsion to other towns, but its maritime atmosphere more than set it apart from other Tunisian towns. The sounds of working looms dominat this Medina, as the main cottage industry here is weaving.

 

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Monastir - Medina

The Medina in Monastir is really at the heart of this town. Surrounded by a battlemented wall built in the 18th century, recently restored in the interests of the tourist trade. Places of interest in this medina include the Mus...

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The Medina in Monastir is really at the heart of this town. Surrounded by a battlemented wall built in the 18th century, recently restored in the interests of the tourist trade. Places of interest in this medina include the Museum of traditional Costume and the Golden statue of Bourguiba. A weekly Souk is held here on saturdays.

 

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Sfax - Medina

The Medina of Sfax differs from other Medinas, in that it is a still a thriving community. You won't find souvenir stalls or tour groups here. However you won't be made to feel unwelcome in this fast changing town. Over the yea...

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The Medina of Sfax differs from other Medinas, in that it is a still a thriving community. You won't find souvenir stalls or tour groups here. However you won't be made to feel unwelcome in this fast changing town. Over the years many residents have moved out and businesses have moved in. Business's within the walls of this Medina close on Mondays.

 

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Carthage International Festival

When: 12 July - 23 August

Carthage International Festival is the country's biggest arts event and mixes a programme of local and international sounds in the old Roman amphitheatre. The festival was founded in 1964 and has, over...

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When: 12 July - 23 August

Carthage International Festival is the country's biggest arts event and mixes a programme of local and international sounds in the old Roman amphitheatre. The festival was founded in 1964 and has, over the years, attracted many of the greatest names in jazz music. The festival also includes many well-known African artists. Performances take place in the old Roman amphitheatre which is incredibly atmospheric and a great place to see live music performed.

Festival of the Sahara, Douz

When: 8-11 November

Stemming from an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival has now mushroomed into a huge celebration which attracts over 50,000 people every year, from nomads, to poets, artists, camel race...

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When: 8-11 November

Stemming from an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival has now mushroomed into a huge celebration which attracts over 50,000 people every year, from nomads, to poets, artists, camel racers, and even sand-hockey players!

Aside from the market, at the Sahara Douz Festival you can watch some impressive greyhound or camel racing as well as the equestrian military exercises known throughout the Maghreb as "fantasias". These involve a veritable swarm of riders cantering across the ground, turning abruptly and stopping in their tracks before shooting into the air.

If all the excitement is too much, you can always retire to the food area and gorge yourself on Douz's recently harvested dates!

World Biodiversity Day, Bou Kornine

When: 22 May

On 22nd May many nations celebrate World Biodiversity Day, with different themes each year - in 2008 Tunisia was the focus due to global interest in Tunisia's commitment to work in partnership with local and nation...

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When: 22 May

On 22nd May many nations celebrate World Biodiversity Day, with different themes each year - in 2008 Tunisia was the focus due to global interest in Tunisia's commitment to work in partnership with local and national stakeholders to preserve and promote biodiversity and their participation in agricultural development.

Each year in Bou Kornine Park there are guided tours and walks to promote and preserve biodiversity, although events such as planting of endangered plant species or talks on various aspects of biodiverstiy also go on all over the country. Those from all walks of society are actively included, such as children, the infirm or the mentally handicapped, although anyone is more than welcome to get involved in the various projects that go on.

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