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“Great show, could do without the rest”

Medinat Alzahra Parc
Ranked #9 of 26 things to do in Sousse
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

The actual sound and light show giving a summary of the history of Tunisia was enjoyable. It does, however, need a little bit of patience as every sentence is repeated in 4 languages. One is also sitting on concrete for the duration, though the grass mats provided to sit on helps a little.

I would have preferred to pay half the price and skipped out on the pre-show antics which took up most of the time and were not so interesting. There was supposedly traditional dancing and music, a farm yard, a mule with a blinded eye drawing water from a well, bread baking, snake charming, etc. The horse and rider performance was a little more entertaining.

Dinner was worse than a school canteen. Hundreds of people crammed into rooms with rows and rows of tables. Waiters promised 3 times to bring me a drink and never did. To get an additional bottle of water for the table also took 3 waiters. Soup provided was sufficient for about half the number of people at the table. The couscous was average and dessert a few grapes and dates. Dinner entertainment was a strange mix of dancing, fashion show and a man balancing things on his head who had a propensity for touching women's breasts and bottoms.

If you have visited tourist villages in other Arab countries, then the pre-show entertainment will be fairly boring as many places have similar village scenes for tourists to see without paying entrance fees.

If you are looking for something to do to while away some hours, then see the show. Hopefully at some point the organisers will make provision to watch it without having to pay for the dinner, etc

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Reviewed 13 September 2013

That was a well spent evening in Tunisia. My tour in Alzahra Parc started with the Treasure Gallery which led us to the The Berber Encampment. You'll see the Bedouins tents there, their animals and discover a sample of their everyday living. When reaching the dromedary, expect a guy with the camera who will give you some food to give to the dromedary. Purpose - to snap you a photo, which later can be bought by you - price 3 DT. Next - a show of a tunisian wedding with with music and dancing, equestrian vaulting etc. Later, a tunisian dinner in the "Alzahra" Restaurant - again, with a great show of music and dancing. If you're entertained enough you can join the actors on the stage. Well, I did :))
But the best part of the evening is the Sound and Light Show - 3000 years of tunisian history told with light, water, fire and music. Actors and animals play the historic scenes with water and a great wall behind them - this wall is a great screen for the fantastic illumination and colorful pictures completing the story. It gives you an awesome feeling of being in the center of this interesting show. Oh, fun fact: you'll watch this at night so remember to look up in the sky and you'll see some shooting stars :) Really.
Enjoy :)
http://www.medinat-alzahra.net/

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Reviewed 12 May 2013

Fantastic night book a taxi and pay on the gate there was 4 of us so agreed to pay 25 dinar the show costs 35 dinar with meal 15 pound cheaper than with the tour operaters

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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We booked this through Thomas Cook and found the price not bad as it included an hour long journey on an air-con coach, being picked-up from the hotel mid-afternoon and not returning til 10:30.
The park is in the open air with lovely views and has various areas to wander around - animals, Tunisian dancing, horse-riding tricks (amazing!), musicians, photos taken feeding camels from your mouth (if you want - and no pressure to buy at the end). Then off to the dining room fronted by a stage, for a 3-course meal with bread and free water, wine and soft drinks. The food is served in large bowls onto your table where you help yourself. Very rustic (especially the cutlery and plates!) but palatable - not sure children or fussy eaters would be impressed though. Music and dancing accompanies the meal culminating in audience participation by some on stage at the end.
After this it is off the the open-air arena where there are free blanket-like robes for those who feel chilly and straw mats to sit on to protect your bum from the coldness and hardness of the concrete seating tiers. Then a sound and light show with laser lights and actors/horses lasting for about an hour showing the history of Tunisia. Although good, it was slightly annoying that you had to hear everything 3 times (in different languages). Otherwise the show would have taken half the time. Again, I dont think it would capture children's attention for long.
Afterwards it was back to the coach via an area with the evenings photos on display (3 dinars each) and down a wide corridor with stalls selling various local souvenir-type wares.
Good trip and well-priced we thought.

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Reviewed 2 November 2012

was a 15 minutes for hotel after all other pick ups enjoyed the three shows was second time we have there was a wedding and a horse show then when for a meal food was not to my liking but ok there was more dancing and music

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