The next morning we headed off to the medina. First up, we wanted to visit the Great Mosque, as the courtyard is open to visitors only until 11AM. The mosques in Tunisia were constructed in a minimalist style, so they aren’t as impressive as what we saw in Morocco. Also, as in Morocco, it is not possible to get past the courtyard if you are non-Muslim. Some of the wood carving (especially around the doors) was very ornate and impressive.
Ornate Door in Tunis
The medina itself did not have the number of authentic souqs and craftsman’s shops we saw in Morocco’s big medinas. I’m guessing that a lot of the souvenirs were actually bulk produced in India. However, we did see chechias being made in (these are the round red hats that you see Tunisian men wearing), as well as some woodworking. The medina was not that crowded, and the storeowners were not that aggressive (despite the lack of tourists). There are several walking tours that are possible through the medina – it’s pretty easy to navigate.