A Guide to El Sheesh

Welcome to El Sheesh @ Barefoot in Tunis

We are so glad you came to Tunis Village. Now let’s get down to business: kick off your shoes (the place is called Barefoot after all), make yourself a tea and relax.

We are very happy that you have decided to book with us and hope you’ll have a great stay here at Barefoot in Tunis. Below are some information to help you during your stay with us.

Check-In

El Sheesh will be ready any time after 2 pm.

Please do let us know around what time you will arrive. A short message does the job.

How to find us?

When coming to Barefoot in Tunis using Google Maps, please DO NOT use Barefoot in Tunis as your location! Use Fayoum Pottery School instead.

Disclaimer: The location is correct, but Google will send you to the wrong side.

At the Pottery School: Keep the school to your right and continue straight. About 200 meters after the school you’ll see a little alley to your right. Take it (and yes, a car fits easily in it). There is also a small sign saying “Barefoot in Tunis”.
The alley takes a right turn. The last gate at the end of the alley is Barefoot in Tunis.
It’s about 600 meters from the Fayoum Pottery School to Barefoot in Tunis.

Taking care of the house

  • Please take your shoes off when in the house
  • Please do not smoke inside the house
  • Please do not light candles inside the house. In case of a power cut, we put an emergency light in the upper drawer in the kitchen
  • when taking a shower, please try not to splish and splash too much … it’s a wood bathroom afterall
  • Please DO NOT leave the AC running when you’re not in the house. The same for the lights
  • Be nice to other guests at Barefoot in Tunis and keep the noise down after 10 pm
  • Please always close the main gate
  • If you bring a furry friend, please read this: Dog Etiquette
  • Enjoy your stay!

How the house takes care of you

  • Please help yourself with coffee/ Tea, Sugar etc.
  • the balcony door next to the kitchen opens up, in case you want more breeze
  • For hot days: we have an AC
  • For cold days: the AC has a heating function
  • there is a light on your terrace that you can turn on and off individually
  • the soap in the bathroom is organic and proudly made in Egypt
  • we have placed a plug-in mosquito repellent in the house to help you sleep better

Check Out

Check Out is at 11 am.

If you want a later check out, please let us know before hand. If possible, a late check out until 1 pm is free.

Our latest check-out is at 6 pm for an additional fee of 20€/ 650 EGP.

Before you leave

  • do your dishes
  • empty the fridge
  • empty the garbage bins. You can put it in the large wooden bin next to the gate

Good to know

  • Feel free to use our rim bbqs in the garden. You’ll find wood right behind it on the wall next to the stairs
  • Unfortunately, we do not have Wifi yet. The cables are there, but we are not yet connected. Bear with us please…
  • There are only three properly functioning ATMs in town. You’ll find one at the entry of Kom El Dikka Lodge, another one in Palm Shadow Corner Hotel, and the other one on the main village road, opposite of the school.
  • During rain and heavy storms, the power will cut. We put a small emergency light in the upper kitchen drawer, in case the power cuts during the night

Things not to miss, when visiting Tunis Village!

Have a coffee and cake at Ibis Restaurant and read the afternoon away in their little library.

Visit the Carricature Museum inside of the Fayoum Art School

Fields surrounding Tunis Village

Take a pottery class at the Fayoum Pottery School, or pick your favorite potter to learn from him.

Visit the north side of the lake and

A sunset at the Magic Lake.

Have a Tea on the upper terrace of Olive Tree Lodge or Sobek Lodge and enjoy the beautiful view over the fields

A shop called “To a Skylark”. Mohamed has an eye for detail. His perfectly curated shop combines local craftsmanship with a unique and modern design.

We’ve made you a list of other things worth doing …

Best food in town


It is always recommended to call ahead and reserve a table…just to make sure to get a spot.

Almost all restaurants in town do deliver, if you ask them to.

  • Kom El Dikka Restaurant
  • Sit el Beit (Mob: 0112 592 0199)
    • Incredibly delicious homemade food, but note that you will have to reserve ahead
    • for a fresh and hot Feteer delivered to you in the morning call them a day before)
  • Fish at Ras El Helal Camp at the Magic Lake (Mob: 0100 777 9152)

Ibis Restaurant and Cooking School is one of our favorite restaurants in town. Their food is always fresh and the place is super cozy.

For those super hot days: they have an indoor area with AC.

It is always recommended to reserve a table. Call them up via: 0106 090 6048

Have a dinner with a stunning view onto Lake Qaroun.

Book your table via Instagram @Lacmoeris

Pamper yourself

We want you to relax here at Barefoot in Tunis … so we got your back.

Leticia our local professional therapist comes right to you. She offers a range of services, but we highly recommend her massage sessions and hot stone therapy.

1h Massage 750 EGP

1h Hot Stone Therapy 850 EGP

Call Leticia to book your session: 0109 945 0285

Touring Tunis Village and surroundings

  • Driver from and to Cairo – Depending on your location one way costs between 750 EGP and 1000 EGP
    • Yasser: 0106 145 3360
  • Safari Driver – a day trip costs around 1600 EGP per car; excluding the entry to the Protected Area. A car can take up to 4 persons.
    • Yasser: 0106 145 3360
    • Osam: 0122 531 2659
    • Etman: 0100 133 3781
  • Tok Tok Drivers
    • Saber: 0101 591 3035
    • Saad: 0101 003 6481
  • Best Tour Guide
    • Mahmoud Kamel: 0106 145 4263; You also find him on Instagram: @fayoumer
  • Bird Watching Guides:
    • Ahmed Mansour: 0100 377 9542

Groceries and Essentials

  • Pharmacy
  • Kushk (small shop)
    • Call one of the tok tok drivers, if you are too lazy to move. All of the drivers have a small shop and deliver for a small fee, or pass by the pharmacy for you.
  • Alcohol: There is no shop selling alcohol, but the following restaurants serve local alcohol
    • Byoum Restaurant
    • Lazib Inn
    • contact us … We often have a selection of local brands availabe