Located on a peninsula in the southern Gulf of Hammamet, the white sand beaches, palm-fringed promenade, and Monastir’s historic monuments are an attractive alternative to the most popular tourist resorts on the coast. An ideal destination to sun yourself by the sea, but also to visit a fascinating region: from Sousse to Kairouan, from El Jem to Mahdia, you will travel through time. Add to that the sun all year long, lively souks, and a relaxed atmosphere, and you get one of the most welcoming destinations in Tunisia.
History of the city
Monastir is built on the ruins of the ancient Punic-Roman city of Ruspina whose existence spans nearly ten centuries, from the fourth century BC to the sixth century AD. Annexed to the Roman Empire during the last Punic War, Ruspina was the fulcrum of Julius Caesar’s African campaign. The Byzantines conquered and built a monastery. It is from the Latin word “Monasterium” that the current name of the city has been derived.
The city will be taken by the Arabs when they became masters of North Africa in the early eighth century. Since then, Monastir will continue to grow in importance, reaching its peak in the eleventh century during the reign of the Fatimids. At this time, the Hilalian invasions that caused the destruction of Kairouan, Monastir, near the new capital Mahdia, inherited the rank of the spiritual capital of the country.
Later, the city was occupied several times by the Spaniards until the Ottoman Turks annexed it to their empire in the 16th century.
Today, Monastir is a university hub and a privileged tourist destination, famous for its modernity and serenity.
Monastir has been a university hub since independence. Today, the University of Monastir has 16 academic institutes: School of Engineering (Energy, Electrical, Textile, Mechanical), Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Management, Higher Schools of Biotechnology, computer science and mathematics, science and technology, applied languages, arts and crafts, as well as faculties of pharmacy, dentistry and medicine …
Attractions to explore
- Ribat of Monastir
It is an imposing fortress located at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, in the city of Monastir. Considered as the oldest and most important ribat in the Maghreb, it is regarded as Monastir’s flagship monument.
The complex that can be admired nowadays is the result of a long evolution where enlargements and transformations succeeded one another. The original core of the building originally had a regular plan with massive facades accompanied at the corners of cylindrical towers including a watchtower located southeast. The courtyard is lined with galleries on which several rooms open.
- Mausoleum of Bourguiba
It is a sepulchral monument, housing the body of former President Habib Bourguiba, the father of Tunisian independence.
- Archaeological Museum of Lamta
It houses mainly archaeological pieces relating to the Punic and Roman history of the city, including several mosaics, funerary furniture, pottery, and several marble sculptures.
Built at the seaside, northwest of Lamta and northeast of the Leptiminus site.
- Golf Palm Links Monastir
In front of hotels in the Skanes tourist area. Located 15 minutes from tourist cities Sousse and Monastir. This golf club has 18 holes,
- Presidential Palace of Bourguiba
Wonderful palace. From the entrance, you feel in full ’90s. With both an old air and a modern architecture this palace will project you into an unforgettable dream. You will feel the soul of the ancient inhabitants present in the decor and the walls.
- Marina Cap Monastir
Marina Cap Monastir is located at the southern end of the Gulf of Hammamet, in the city of Monastir. Located just a 10-minute walk from the city center, this harbor is medium, with mooring service capacity for 400 boats and yachts 45 meters long and a maximum draft of 5.5mts. This marina offers basic services like water and electricity at their moorings, as well as all the amenities offered by the proximity of the city. It also has services such as a petrol station, nautical shop, and a workshop for the maintenance and repair of ships.
- KURIAT ISLAND: A MAGIC SEA TO CONTEMPLATE
Several excursions are daily planned by boat to discover this little corner of paradise. A very pleasant turquoise water, beaches with fine and golden sands, a breathtaking landscape to contemplate without moderation simply by looking in the open sea. The ballad at the edge of the boat is very nice with music on board, meals included, and animations. It is also possible to enjoy pleasant swimming on the coast of Monastir.
- El Djem amphitheater
Monastir is also one of the best bases from which to see the mighty El Djem amphitheater, rightly considered one of Tunisia’s top tourist attractions.
- Skanes and Monastir Beaches
The northern suburb of Skanes (just off Route of the Falaise) is packed full of gorgeous, dazzlingly-white villas and luxury hotels that have incorporated traditional Tunisian architecture into their mid-century modern architectural design. This upper-class suburb is also where some of Monastir’s best beaches lie, so a trip here is on the Monastir itinerary of most sand sloths. The road to Skanès’ main tourist district passes the former Presidential Palace, enclosed by high walls and an ornate wrought-iron gate.
For many visitors, Monastir’s main attraction lies in its strips of perfect white sand. The town itself hugs the coastline, surrounded by beaches stretching along the coast in both directions. All the beaches in this area are kept clean and host excellent facilities, with restaurants and cafés galore to choose from plus sunshades and loungers to rent. Many of the beaches also have water sports and boating opportunities for those who don’t just want to laze around soaking up the sun.
Hotels near the sea for an unforgettable stay
Seaside destination acclaimed for its omnipresent sun and its beautiful beaches, Monastir is also a city with incomparable cultural richness. Go now for this city of Tunisia and treat yourself to unforgettable moments filled with magic. A chain of high-class hotels will provide you with luxury accommodation in one of the upscale hotels in the Skanes tourist area. For tourists who have already experienced the Tunisian magic, “everything was together to allow a good stay.”