Built around a picturesque harbour, the lively fishing port of Monastir moonlights as a sun-drenched resort with white-sand beaches, turquoise water and a breezy promenade lined with palm trees. In addition to stunning beaches, Monastir will captivate you with its centuries-old monuments and strongholds.
Things to do in Monastir
Sugar-white sand, crystalline water and lush palms and give the beaches of Monastir a postcard-worthy aesthetic. Bask in the sunshine, stroll along the waterfront promenade and take a dip in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Sunset sails are a fantastic way to toast to your holiday in Monastir.
Monastir Ribat overlooks the Gulf of Hammamet and is one of the finest examples of Islamic fortresses in the country. Admire centuries-old artefacts in the Museum of Islamic Art and climb up to the ramparts for breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea.
Monastir’s lively café culture is fuelled by a mix of locals and tourists. The best cafes feature trendy décor and spectacular views over the Gulf of Hammamet. Dine at local restaurants to try Tunisian dishes like “chakchouka” poached eggs, served in a rich tomato stew and couscous topped with lamb and vegetables. Enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Tunisia, with specialities including grilled seabass, fried octopus and stewed squid.
Monastir is an easy base for day trips to El Jem, a UNESCO-protected Roman amphitheatre and one of the country’s most treasured historic sights. The enormous colosseum dates back to 230 AD and once held up to 35,000 spectators. The tiny village of Moknine is another popular day trip from Monastir and is famous for its beautiful pottery.
Getting around Monastir
Monastir is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Taxis and shared minibuses called “louages” are a fast and affordable way to get from A to B. Trains connect Monastir with nearby cities like Sousse and Mahdia and Habib Bourguiba International Airport is a 10-minute drive from the hotel district.