Medenine Travel Guide

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Medenine Things to Do

  • Museum (of traditional life)

    this is just behind the main ghorfa courtyard next to the fruit market. it has examples of all aspects of traditional life for the original inhabitants of the area, i.e traditional tent, clothing, tools, etc. aswell as an impressive collection of money from around the world and some ancient coins.maybe worth a quick look if you're interested in...

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  • Last "ghorfas"

    The "ksour" (plural of "ksar") found in the southern part of Tunisia have always a part built in ghorfas. This is now where you will the most easily see "ghorfas" as I am not sure that those shown on these pictures, taken a few years ago, are still existing.

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  • More "ghorfas"

    The "ghorfas".can be built on several levels, sometimes up to 4 levels though 2 or 3 are more common. As Médenine is a main hub, with a lot of trade, there were close to 6,000 of what was called "mouth of darkness"

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  • Some "ghorfas"

    Coming from the North of Tunisia, it is in Médenine that you find the first "ghorfas". Ghorfas are cereal attics. They are built mostly with clay and strengthen with a few stones as narrow cells, each the shape of a tunnel.

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  • Ghorfas

    You'll find the ghorfas, storage houses for grain, of two kinds. The smaller ones are situated around the market square. The souvenir and carpet shops in and around them add some coulours. They are least impressive. More impressive are the extremely well kept bigger ones in and around the town. They are still in use and some of them are even...

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  • Ghorfas too

    More impressive are the extremely well kept bigger ghorfas in and around the town. They are still in use and some of them are even transformed into a hotel.

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Medenine Transportation

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    by cadzand Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    From Djerba to Medinine the road is correct and you can make it by car, but once you travel into the desert it would be more confortable to drive in a 4 x 4. Some of the roads are "under construction" or covered with sand and it could be dangerous driving a normal car.

    Room for 6 with luggage usptairs !!!
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Medenine Local Customs

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    by call_me_rhia Written Sep 12, 2002

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    At medenine some scenes of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace " were filmed. More specifically George Lukas filmed here the scenes of Anakin Skywalker home planet.
    The place where he used to live is in one of the ghorfas, which is not open to the public (but you can ask around for someone with the keys).

    an example of a ghorfa

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Medenine Tourist Traps

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    by le_routard Updated Nov 13, 2006

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    in the main ghorfa courtyard where most of the tour operators take people there are many persistent salesmen asking you to look in their shops/stalls. beware that you MUST haggle the prices down ALOT! one guy offered me a small bottle of sand art for 35TD.....i replied "anna talib" which means 'i'm a student' so he immediately cut the price to 5TD!!!!i said no so he gave it me for 2TD!!! no exaggeration. that means the asking price was around 5 times more (at least) than what he would accept

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Medenine Off The Beaten Path

  • Market in Medenine

    At the open air market, in the dry bed of Oiued Medenine, there remains even some old "pigeot" (Peugeot) light trucks. They must be between 20 and 30 years old but seem still in good running condition !

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  • Beautiful onions !

    At the large open air market, in the dry bed of Oiued Medenine, under the bridge of the main road, you can find everything, lying directly on the dusty soil or under linen covered booths : vegetables (here superb onions), fruits, eggs, plastic and metal kitchenware, etc...

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Medenine Favorites

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    by croisbeauty Written Aug 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: After visiting a great part of Southern Tunisia, the town of Medenine was our last stop on a way back to the island of Djerba. It was late in the afternoon and we were vary tired spending whole day in hot and semi-desert area of Tataouine, Chenini and Hadada......to be continued

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