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Monastir / Skanes

Built as a trading post for the Phoenicians and then by the Romans, under the name of Ruspina, Monastir became important once again in the 8th Century, with the building of its fortified Ribat, a sort of imposing monastery, intended as a defence against the sea faring invaders.

Today, despite its fortifications, visitors can enjoy unforgettable holidays in this haven of peace and serenity.

Monastir is also a captivating seaside resort with natural charm and wide palm tree lined

avenues. It is a land of white sand beaches and turquoise water.

Getting There

Most UK tour operators that feature Tunisia operate charter flights direct to Monastir. Flying time from London is 3 hours. If landing in Tunis, it takes about 2 hours to get to Monastir. The easiest way to get there, if not hiring a car, is by train.

Where to Stay & Eat

Most of the main tourist hotels are situated at the resort of Skanes, which is about six miles from Monastir town centre. There are a couple of small, moderately priced hotels along the coast on Route de la Falaise, north of the Ribat.

The prettiest place to eat is in the marina, particularly on a warm evening when the terrace restaurants come alive. For a special meal, Le Grill and The Captain both have a good reputation, particularly for their freshly caught fish.

Don't Miss

  • The Ribat of Harthema - an 8th Century fortress, perched on a headland above the marina.
  • The Bourguiba Mausoleum - a lavish gilt mausoleum built in traditional Islamic style.
  • The picturesque marina home to a watersports centre as well as cafes and restaurants.
  • The Museum of Traditional Costumes with its rich display of local textiles, weaving and embroidery.
  • Monastir's Medina sells everything under the sun. Saturday is market day.


There are frequent metro as well as tourist trains linking Skanes and Monastir. Local taxis are inexpensive and readily available.

  • The bustling resort of Sousse is well worth a visit.
  • For history and architecture visit the holy Muslim city of Kairouan with its Great Mosque.
  • The Roman amphitheatre at El Jem is spectacular.

Cultural Events & Festivities

International Festival of Monastir July/August A series of summer evening events that include mock weddings and traditional Tunisian music as part of the entertainment.
El Jem Festival July/August A must for any classical music lover. Symphony orchestras from far and wide perform in one of the world's greatest Roman amphitheatres.
International Festival of Sousse July/August An annual cultural festival that takes place during the summer months.


  • Diving
  • Watersports
  • Fishing
  • Boat trips to Kuriat Islands
  • Horse & Camel riding


There are two golf courses at Monastir, Flamingo and Palm Links.