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Located in north-eastern Tunisia, Monastir is a major tourist resort. With its attractive marina and old fishing port, the city is an excellent base for a beach holiday, offering a wide range of activities such as water sports, fishing, excursions and golf. Whatever the season, you will find an ideal climate to enjoy some of Tunisia’s finest sand beaches and crystalline water, along with a dizzying choice of waterfront hotels and restaurants featuring both international and local cuisine.

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The Ribat
Ribat, Monastir

This is probably the main attraction in Monastir and the right place to get a glimpse of ancient Tunisia. The fortress has been used several times as natural décor for international movies. The oldest part is situated around the lookout tower and houses the Museum which features a great collection of ancient Islamic writings, fabrics, pottery, astrolabes and carved roof timber.

Bourguiba Mosque
Bourguiba Mosque, Monastir

The beautiful mosque was originally built in 1963. The prayer hall has 86 pink marble pillars holding up the vault. Nearby is the huge Bourguiba Mausoleum with its three domes and the two minarets that mark the entrance of the complex. Bourguiba was the founder of modern Tunisia and its first president.

The Captain
Cap Marina, Monastir

This restaurant is specialized in fresh seafood. With one of the best addresses in town, ideally situated in the marina, this is the perfect place to enjoy a dinner with superb views.

Cap Grill — Le Grill
Cap Marina, Monastir

Le Grill is every carnivores' delight! The venue has a good location in the marina, and offers well prepared local and international food, though the restaurant is known for its great choice of meat.

Souk Shopping

The best place to go is the souk in the old part of Monastir, open daily, just outside the Ribat’s walls along the boulevard all the way to the cliff top. Here you will find many shops and artisans selling a large selection of carpets, ceramics, silver jewellery, brass and copper, leather work, wall hangings, antiques and fun stuff.

Typical Souvenirs

Typical souvenirs are pointed “babouche” slippers and embroidered gowns that can double up as evening wear. The hand carved olive wood items (salad bowls, kitchen articles, vases, lamps) are also popular items and original gifts from the Mediterranean to bring back home!

Monastir-Habib Bourguiba Airport
Monastir-Habib Bourguiba Airport

Monastir-Habib Bourguiba Airport is located just 10 km from the city center. You can take a bus and the journey time is approx. 30 minute. Buses leave every hour. If you rather take a a taxi it takes approx. 15 minutes. The price for the taxi starts from TND 30. You can also take the train that passes just outside the airport.


For stays of up to 90 days, a visa is not required for citizens of 97 world countries, including all citizens of the European Union (except Cyprus), Untied States, Canada, Australia, Russia, and an extensive number of further states. Citizens of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macao, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan may only enter visa-free when travelling as part of an organized tour, upon producing a hotel voucher. For updated information at your planned time of travel, please contact an embassy or consulate closest to you.

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