Souq des Libraires
Leading from Zaytouna Mosque is the 13th-century Souq des Libraires, the Booksellers' Souq, lined with medersas (Quranic schools) and a...
You haven't fully experienced Tunisia until you've been scrubbed down with an oven scourer by an enthusiastic elderly masseur. The...
Mosque of the Dyers
There are mosques all over the medina; interiors are off-limits to non-Muslims. The finest include Mosque of the Dyers, built in 1716 by...
Beautifully tiled arched rooms, full of fragrant smoke, open to the street.
11 rue el-Methira · interesting places nearby
El-Methihra Hammam information
You haven't fully experienced Tunisia until you've been scrubbed down with an oven scourer by an enthusiastic elderly masseur. The oldest and most atmospheric hammams (public bathhouse) are in the medina, keeping residents steamed and cleaned. Often recognisable by their candy-striped red-and-green doorways and undecorated domes, they feel as if they haven't changed (or been cleaned) for hundreds of years. It's an amazingly exotic, sensual and relaxing experience.
You'll need a towel, and you might want a scrubbing mitt, shampoo and soap. To avoid undue attention, be aware that people don't bathe naked, but wear their underwear (men wear shorts). There are bucketloads to choose from - favourites include El-Methihra. It's friendly, ancient, small scale and tiled, with lots of places to lie down and recuperate. Women bathe in the afternoons, men in the evenings.