A Tunisian fishing port and exotic paradise
Monastir is a modern holiday resort and historic site in Tunisia. The Mediterranean heat draws crowds to the beaches each summer. Explore the galleries and museums of Monastir and learn about the city’s past as a humble fishing village. A large marina takes over much of the port; stroll along the promenade to see the expensive yachts docked in its waters. Discover the ancient and well-preserved Ribat, which is both a religious and military symbol of the city’s past. One of the most popular attractions is the National Museum of Bardo; tour the displays to see Prehistoric, Roman, Punic and Islamic exhibits. Dar Ben Abdallah is an art gallery housing traditional work by Tunisian based artists. Statues, bronzes, pottery and mosaic have been used to document the country’s history; the 12000 year old Fortress of Monastir has the largest collection of these artefacts. Try local food at the large city markets for an authentic Tunisian taste.
Travel to Monastir and get caught up in a Mediterranean paradise. Golden sand beaches, historical architecture and priceless artefacts enchant visitors each year. Explore the ruins, museums and exhibits or unwind by the pool and soak up the sun. Sample exotic flavours from traditional cuisine and sip an almond and pine nut tea.
When to Go?
Situated on the North African coast, Monastir experiences a Mediterranean climate. This means long hot summers with very little rainfall. The winter in Monastir is consistently mild with temperatures dropping at night. Dry Sahara winds can affect the climate during July and August, raising temperatures to 45°C. Thunderstorms, although rare, can cause a severe downpour in a few short minutes. April and May are considered the best months to travel to Monastir.
How to Get There?
Monastir is served by Monastir - Habib Bourguiba International Airport (MIR) located 30 minutes from the city centre. Direct flights are available from the UK, other European cities and domestic destinations within North Africa. A light tram link is available directly outside the airport terminal building taking passengers to the centre of Monastir and the neighbouring city of Sousse. A direct flight from the UK to Monastir takes just under 2 hours.
A highlight of a trip to the Tunisian city of Monastir is the Sahara Desert. Book a guided tour for 2 and 3 nights. Ride a camel and discover that there is more to the desert than sand. Travel across dunes to sites such as the Roman Ampitheatre and Chott El Jerid Salt Lake. Spot wildlife and nature among the vegetation at the Saharan Oases of Douz and tour the small settlements in between.
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