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.
despite its fortifications, visitors can enjoy unforgettable
holidays in this haven of peace and serenity.
is also a captivating seaside resort with natural charm and
wide palm tree lined
It is a land of white sand beaches and turquoise water.
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.
to Stay & Eat
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.
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.
Ribat of Harthema - an 8th Century fortress, perched on
a headland above the marina.
Bourguiba Mausoleum - a lavish gilt mausoleum built in traditional
picturesque marina home to a watersports centre as well
as cafes and restaurants.
Museum of Traditional Costumes with its rich display of
local textiles, weaving and embroidery.
Medina sells everything under the sun. Saturday is market
are frequent metro as well as tourist trains linking Skanes
and Monastir. Local taxis are inexpensive and readily available.
bustling resort of Sousse is well worth a visit.
history and architecture visit the holy Muslim city of Kairouan
with its Great Mosque.
Roman amphitheatre at El Jem is spectacular.
Events & Festivities
Festival of Monastir
series of summer evening events that include mock weddings
and traditional Tunisian music as part of the entertainment.
must for any classical music lover. Symphony orchestras
from far and wide perform in one of the world's greatest
Festival of Sousse
annual cultural festival that takes place during the summer
trips to Kuriat Islands
& Camel riding
are two golf courses at Monastir, Flamingo
and Palm Links.