Travel to Monastir – Water Sports Galore
Monastir is a city that conciliates that mixture of the traditional and modern that characterizes Tunisia. The town’s marina nestled in the shade of the walls provides an enjoyable promenade and offers a splendid view of the Mediterranean sea. Monastir is endowed with many modern hotels, air terraces, restaurants and coffee houses where visitors can relax and enjoy the view on the Mediterranean sea.
Located in north-eastern Tunisia, 20 kilometres south of Sousse and 162 kilometres south of Tunis, Monastir is a city on the central shore of Tunisia, in the Sahel area. It is the capital of Monastir Governorate. Monastir is traditionally a fishing port and a major tourist resort.
Monastir was founded in the 1st millennium BCE by the Phoenicians as a port called Rous Penna. In 146, with the defeat of Carthage, the Romans took control of it and renamed it Ruspina and served as Caesar’s headquarter. In 796 CE, a ribat, a seaside fortress, was established in Monastir to defend the town from roaming nomadic tribes and Byzantine warships, and gradually became a centre for pilgrimages. In the 16th century, the Ottomans established a stronghold in the city. In 1956, with the Tunisian independence, President Bourguiba, a native of Monastir, launched a grand modernization program for Monastir.
For attractions, travellers can visit the family Mausoleum of the former President Habib Bourguiba, a grand cemetery with its gold and green domes and gilt-tipped minarets that make for a spectacular sight; the Ribat of Harthema down by the sea; the Ribat of Monastir, an ancient religious and military site; Monastir Museum that displays pottery, ancient Islamic writings, and other artifacts; Monastir Marina; Monastir Grand Mosque, built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the 11th; and the Medina, surrounded by a battlemented wall built in the 18th century and its lively souk.
The picturesque marina and beaches allow for scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and other water sporting activities. Monastir is also dotted with a variety of cafés and restaurants where travellers will have a good time.
At night, visitors to Monastir can enjoy the entertainment programmes including live acts and a disco or a drink in one of the hotel bars.
Relax in Monastir’s beaches or in the cafés that look out onto the Mediterranean sea.
- Have a great view of the Mediterranean sea.
- Discover Monastir’s history.
- Explore Monastir’s picturesque marina and beaches.