"chicha" is the word for water pipe. a national instituition itself. smoking the water pipe is a must do. with a mint scent ,or any fruit scent no nicotine added, so no arm done to yur health. a tipical scene on local "cafés" and almost only a male custom. i was able to notice a couple of females smoking chicha but not on the front row. u should try it ,just for kicks. a tunisian costum to try and remember
The charm is to wander aimlessly around the narrow streets of the medina. It is impossible to get lost in it. The streets are lined with shops and the atmosphere is very nice. The vendors have got all the usual lines such as "cheap as chips" and yes they do want you to go into their shops and spend your money but it is friendly and most pleasant.
There is a residential quarter which is unspoilt , attractive and absorbing.
"Sunbathe, booze and snooze"
This was one of those lazy-dont-do-jack-s**t holidays. I would recommend this place for families myself. I stayed at the hotel Le Saphir, which is a nice big hotel, has a good sized pool area, and a stage. Alot of the entertainment is geared up around the hotels, especially at night. Someone did warn me before I went that it wasn't particularly safe to walk around at night, hence the reason why. Or maybe the reason why was because our tour rep at the time was that big Ali bird, of C4's 'Big Brother' fame, that now presents on ITVs This Morning. Brits will know who I'm talking about. I always thought she was kinda scary...
There are day trips to the desert, where you can see where Star Wars was filmed. There are also trips to Nabeul, where I was almost sold for a modest price at the camel market. And lots of local pottery shops.