Under the protection of its ribat, one of the most impressive fortresses of Tunisia, Monastir's medina, fishing port, marina and background of villages and orchards make it a lively and welcoming destination.
Monastir is also known as a really beautiful and calm city.
By planeMonastir is a three-hour flight from many principal European cities.
Getting to the airport: the trip by taxi costs about 5 DT. Getting to the airport is also possible through train between Monastir and Sousse, since "Skanes-Monastir airport station" is 200 m from airport terminal.
By trainThere are regular train services to Tunis and Sousse to the north and Mahdia to the south.
Gare Habib Bourguiba Monastir
Gare Routière de Monastir
The distances between the Medina, Ribat and Marina are small enough to be covered on foot. Taxis for longer distances within the city can be found everywhere and are very cheap (less than DT3 for a trip within the city).
RibatThis fortified monastery is located next to the sea and provides a great visit with most of the ruins open to clamber over. It may be familiar as it has been used in several films as a stand in for Jerusalem, most notably Monty Python's Life of Brian. You can climb the tower and have a nice view over the coastline and city.
- Ribat also houses
Islamic Arts Museum of MonastirContains illuminated manuscripts, Coptic textiles from the fourth to seventh century, textiles from the ninth century, the Fatimid glass of tenth and eleventh centuries, Abbasid pottery, coins of gold and silver from the tenth and eleventh centuries and especially unique: an Arabic astrolabe made in Cordoba in 927 CE.
Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba
Museum of folk arts and traditions of MonastirDisplays traditional Tunisian costumes: wedding costumes, adornments, woven domestic items and copper objects.
The Old Port el KahliaOld port with excellent location and panoramic views.
MarinaAdmiring looks, enormous yachts, floating restaurants and luxury hotels. It's also a nice place for a stroll in the sun and for a coffee.
Great Mosque of MonastirBuilt in the 9th century and then enlarged over the centuries. It now includes a prayer room and a minaret, and doesn't have a courtyard inside. Off-limits to non-Muslims.
Zaouia of Sidi Mansour Ba YazidMausoleum of 17th-century Muslim mystic.
Lamta Archaeological Museumaddress: Avenue Habib Bourguiba, LamtaThe ancient city of Leptiminus is located about 10 km south of Monastir. It was founded by Phoenician sailors around the 12th century BC. The modern city of Lamta was built on top of this ancient city, thus leaving almost nothing of it. Although some remnants from the times of Leptiminus can still be found in this museum.
Museum of Moknineaddress: Moknine
phone: +216 23400004address: Airport Road, Tourist AreaThe Palm Karting Monastir offers a great deal for those who are passionate for karting or those who want to try it. Two circuits (adults and kids), a coffee shop, a great Mexican restaurant and a nice party space.
- Carriage. You can also go around Monastir with the famous and traditional carriages and of course for a good price.
- Touristic train. It is a cheap and original means to discover the city.
phone: +216 73 500 283address: Route de Ouardanine B.P. 40
phone: +216 73 521 910Designed by Californian architect.
MedinaOnly a small section of the original Medina remains but it contains a bazaar selling the usual souvenirs, artisanal jewelry, pottery and carpets. Prices seemed to be generally lower than in nearby Sousse.
MonoprixA large supermarket near the southeast wall of the Medina. You can buy everything here, including alcohol (wine/beer) at the back entrance. Next to Monoprix is a small local market for meat, vegetables, bread, etc.
phone: +216 73 520 900address: Dkhila4-star hotel.
Dessole Bella Vistaphone: +216 73 520 555address: Zone Touristique Dkhila Skanes4-star hotel.
phone: +216 73 466750address: Av Habib Bourguiba3-star hotel.
Marina Cap Monastir - Appart Hôtelphone: +216 73 462 305address: Port Marina MonastirNice studio apartments in the Marina with sea view, private bathroom and small kitchen. You can get a bargain price when booking online through one of the common hotel portals.
El Mouradi Skanes HotelA great hotel close to the beach. It is not a cheap hotel but it is worth the price.
phone: +216 73 520520address: SkanesThe only hotel with 5 stars in town.