If you master the “louage” system of shared taxis, you can get anywhere in Tunisia at very reasonable cost and often share a cab with a friendly local who will give you useful tips. From Sousse we got to the amazing Roman city of Sufetula, with its virtually intact theatre, temples and triumphal arch, the staggeringly beautiful Kairouan – fourth holiest site in Islam - where we bought a hard wearing kilim carpet, and the glorious oasis of Nefta, with its 400,000 palm trees – where we were taken out into the desert to see a mirage.
The souk in Sousse is absolutely amazing with hundreds of shops and stalls selling Tunisian souvenirs like carpets, blankets, cloth, copper ware, pottery and jewellery. Some of the leather and tiles for sale were the best I have seen. I would highly recommend the soft, fresh dates, displayed still attached to the branch where they grew and tasting nothing like the hard, sugary dates found in British supermarkets.
Haggling is, of course, expected and part of the fun. For those that prefer not to haggle, quite a lot of the shops selling tourist-aimed items are 'prix fixe', (fixed price).
We found the shopkeepers at the souk to be very friendly and felt both safe and comfortable.
The souk is situated in Sousse's Medina, a warren of streets contained within ancient walls. A map is highly recommended.
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