Monastir with its golden beaches and sapphire blue sea, its medieval monuments and its charming marina, offers one of the most attractive faces of Tunisia. An ideal destination to visit a fascinating region: from Sousse to Kairouan, from El Jem to Mahdia, you will travel through time. In the countryside, you will get to know the way of life of the Bedouin villages. And along the coast, the fishing ports will enchant you.

Bourguiba mosque

Built in 1963, his faithful architecture to inherited traditions, beautiful decorations of extreme delicacy in the background a very fine specimen of architecture and traditional art. The huge prayer hall that can hold 1000 people, built in arch rests on 86 columns in pink marble. The mihrab is covered with a half arch encrusted golden mosaics and adorned with onyx columns. 19 carved teak doors, work of Kairouan artisans, provide access to the building.

Mausoleum of Bourguiba

In the center of the large cemetery immediately adjacent to the Ribat is the enormous mausoleum of the much-loved former ‘President for Life’, Habib Bourguiba.

The colorful cupolas and marble minarets of this mausoleum, final resting place of Monastir-born Habib Bourguiba, the first president of independent Tunisia, are certainly eye-catching, and the octagonal marble hall containing his sarcophagus is impressive, too. Next to the hall are tombs of the family and a small display of his personal items.

Ribat

This fortress is located next to the sea and founded in 796.

A spiral stair of about a hundred steps leads to the watchtower form the top of which visual messages were exchanged at night with the towers of neighboring Ribats and from which visitors can admire a superb view over the city and the open sea.

It has been used in several films as a stand in for Jerusalem, most notably «Monty Python’s Life of Brian».

Dar essaka

It was the residence of Hassan Essaka «CAID»,  Ottoman Governor of Monastir (1920 – 1933) construite en 1932.

Road transport

Located about 130 km south-east of Tunis.

Air Transport

Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport in a distance of 7 km.

Frequently used by charter flights. Regular flights go to Monastir airport from various European locations.

At the moment the newer popular airport Enfida (around 70 km from Monastir).