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Monastir was traditionally a fishing port but over the years it has grown into a hotspot for tourists craving culture, history and that all important warm weather. Situated on the Gulf of Hammamet, Monastir is home to the Ribat, a golden coloured fortress and an exciting and lively Medina where locals and visitors can wander among the rich smells of spices and shop to try and find the perfect bargain to take home.

Things to Do

Most people come to Monastir to soak up the culture of this intriguing city however there is a relaxing side to Monastir if you want to chill out. Enjoy Tunisia’s warm weather and spend some time at the small beach outside the Ribat or why not enjoy an afternoon at the medina which has been revamped over the years and now provides and exciting place to haggle over much sought after souvenirs.


Sightseeing and learning about Monastir’s history and culture is a popular past time in this part of Tunisia. The Ribat is an unmissable stop on a walk around Monastir. Situated on Monastir's coastline, this honey coloured building used to house religious soldiers but is now often recognised as the landmark used in Monty Python’s 'Life of Brian' film. The El Djem amphitheatre is also an iconic landmark and is a fine example of Roman architecture.

Food and Drink

The food in Tunisia is an experience. It’s full of incredible flavours and spices and, since Monastir is a coastal town, there’s plenty of fresh fish mixed in to the combo as well. A good, memorable meal can be found down by the marina where families and non-spicy food eaters can find a range of international dining options. Evening drinks are also often poured in hotel bars but nearby Sousse is the place to go to party.

Location of Monastir

Key Facts

  • Language: Arabic
  • Currency: Tunisian Dinar
  • Time Difference from UK: 1
  • Flight time: 3 hours
  • When to go: March - June