Monastir: tourist information

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General information about Monastir

The city of Monastir (Monastir) is situated on the coast of the Mediterranean sea and is situated 162 km South of Tunis, Tunisia (Monastir on the map of Tunisia). Is one of frequently visited the Tunisian resort towns, largely thanks to the international airport, allowing comfortable access to destinations. Monastir feature modern high-rise buildings with wide avenues, bordering the historic Old town - the Medina, with its low buildings and narrow streets. The update of the city in the form in which it is possible to see it today, was promoted by the first President of Tunisia and a native of Monastir - Habib Bourguiba who has done a lot for the development and prosperity of his native city. The town itself-the resort is small, with a population of about 70 thousand people and is focused to a greater extent on a quiet and secluded getaway. It will be interesting and fans of rest on the sea, and interested in the culture and history of the city.

Like all Tunisian cities, Monastir was founded by settlers Phoenicians called Ruspina in the V century BC the Romans Later renamed the city Ruspina (Ruspina). Favorable geographical location of the city contributed to make it special significance in the defense of the West coast. Throughout the history of Monastir repeatedly changed hands between the Spanish, the Ottomans, the Arabs. In the XI century the town was proclaimed as the religious center of the country. However, the city flourished in the reign of Habib Bourguiba.

There are several versions of the origin name of the word "Monastir", the first in the VIII century in the fortress of Ribat served as warrior-monks, which translated from Greek means "monster"; the second version is intersected with the first – from the Latin word "monasterium", which means "monastery"; and the third is associated with the name of a certain Princess Mona, who lived in the XII century.

On inspection a few minutes will leave one day. Along the coast is the fortification Hartema Ribat, built in the VIII century, in the room of the prayer room, which opened Islamic Museum, where items belonging to ancient Islamic monuments, coins, Chronicles, articles of gold, ceramics, textiles and more. Near Rebata is a huge Muslim cemetery of Sidi El Mesri, in the Northern part of which was erected in 1963, the mausoleum of the first President Habib Bourguiba and his family members. South of Rebate is the Great mosque, built in the IX century Medina Square, as it is everywhere in Tunisia, separated from the newer part of the stone wall. Here you will plunge into the atmosphere of traditional colors and unique spirit of the ancient Arab state. Calm and measured life of the Medina will certainly make a lasting impression. Also here you can buy Souvenirs and local crafts. In the Medina, the mosque of Bourguiba, built in the same period as the mausoleum in his honor, and an interesting Museum of traditional costume.

Among the active activities include Golf and yacht club, diving center, amusement Park, and just a pleasant stroll along the promenade and the pier, with the opportunity to ride on the boat to the nearby uninhabited islet of Quriat (Kuriat). Every year in July-August in Monastir festival theatre and poetry. If you wish, from Monastir you can visit the nearby cities of Kairouan, Sousse, El JEM, Mahdia independently or as part of an organized tour.

Weather in Monastir, tourist seasons

The climate of Monastir has a mild Mediterranean and a favorable rest the whole year. But it's worth noting that the cold season – the period from December to February when the temperature does not exceed: air – to 16-17C, water 14C, possible precipitation in the form of rain. The hottest period is from June to August, at this time, the temperature can reach up to 37S and above. The rest of the time the weather is more comfortable: air – 20-26C, water suitable for swimming from April (17-19C) to November (21C).

Time in Monastir

Time in Tunis and Monastir in particular, behind Moscow for 2 hours in summer and winter. Daylight saving time in Tunisia is not possible.

The current time in Tunisia*
The time difference with the cities:
Moscow: -2 Samara: -3
Kazan: -2 Nizhny Novgorod: -2
Ekaterinburg: -4 Novosibirsk: -6
Irkutsk: -7 Vladivostok: -9
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Hotels Monastir where to stay

Hotels in Monastir are not many, only about 30. Most are located in the resort suburb of Skanes, each of which tries to offer its customers all the best. They have a large territory with its own infrastructure: swimming pools, bars, restaurants, entertainment programs and water sports. In the city there are several hotels in the "economy class" and they are located either in the Medina or close to it, near the coast.

When choosing a hotel in Skanes is to warn against some possible inconveniences. First, note whether there was nearby construction of some object, and, second, at what distance is the airport.

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Useful information about Monastir

Skanes (Skanes). 6 km from the centre of Monastir and to the North is a small suburb of Skanes. The place is quiet and perfect for a beach holiday on the shore of the blue sea with white sand. There is a huge Golf course "Route de Ouerdanine", and also a riding school, diving center and entertainment Park "Adam Park" (Adam Park).

Nightlife. Lovers of nightlife of the hotel zone, where you need to go either in the Monastir or Sousse. The benefit of transport plying in these areas abound: taxi, Luigi, tourist train, metro, train train.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Natalia D. 26 August, 2018
And I went to Tunisia this year for the second time. Last year was on the island of Djerba, this year in Hammamet. Both times very much! If last year enjoyed the beauty of the island, the service and hospitality of the hotel, this time came to Hammamet, budget three. Yes, the hotel is different from the 4 and 5 key but we deliberately chose this hotel. What a wonderful tour, beautiful sea, clean beach. The attitude towards us, Russian is very friendly. All the Tunisians we smile and say how like Russian. I'm surprised reading previous reviews. Do not know can be due to the fact that we were friendly disposed, and therefore to us as the same...the Animators of the hotel was very upset when we left, helped us with our Luggage, took photos for memory, some left their contacts. No one touched, not abused, was not theft. The guests loved it!!! ...
Zlata August 30, 2018
All kind time of day!
Went this year in August.
Liked it very much. Yes, there are disadvantages. But tell me, where doesn't?! If you look for only the negatives, they can gather a whole bunch in any country.
What of the downsides? Garbage. Yes, he's everywhere. But it doesn't smell bad, as some write, it is scattered with plastic bottles, bags, paper. Here, however, and all the disadvantages.
As for the local population. So blame yourself. How You feel about them, and they to You. The backlash has not been canceled. So want to have You warmly and friendly greeted, be nice to them. Tunisians are hospitable, welcoming and friendly. There was not a single case of even evil and look in our direction. So, as the saying goes: "If face is crooked...." Read Krylov. Moreover, quite interesting to talk to. I will say a few greetings in their language, and they simply melt away, ready to help You with everything.
Everywhere you can meet the police, so security don't worry.
What to see in the country? There are a couple of good excursions:
1. Day trips to Carthage, Sidi Bou said, Tunis (the capital);
2. Two days into the Sahara, the Colosseum, Kairouan, an oasis of Chebika, salt marshes.
I recommend very beautiful pictures are obtained, and the information informative.
So, friends, do not look for the negative, that is enough in our hard life in Russia. Rest with pleasure and bring only positive emotions.
Good luck! ...
EdDDgAR August 30, 2018
Stay in principle bad can not be, and to learn something new is also very круто0 ...
Александр20082018 16 September, 2018
Vacationing in Tunisia in August, cockroaches in the room caught 2 times and 2 times on on the doors in the room about ants and aseret I vopsche silent. Lived in a Bungalow Aqua Park Spa 4ka . The Russians really don't like pesnite yourself that you are second grade. Will suit the Germans, the Europeans and automatically you are already standing behind them, and they serve out of turn. Went to Monastir and really quite messy, no wonder so many flies, who eat together from the same plate. In monastire us ran tunisis learn that we are Russian began to tell me how and where to go and where prices are cheaper, adding that Russian tourists 60% and if not they Tunisia would come kirdyk. This is the only Tunisian who was interested in Russian) . Yes, the tour is divided into foreigners and Russians together with the Baltic States. Impressions of the country are not unambiguous. But there is more than just not going. In Russian they understand when you want to. ...
Nadezhda Nikolaevna Sep 18, 2018
Hi all! Vacationing in Tunisia in Hammamet in September this year,the 4 star hotel Mirage.Think the rest will get what he wants.Settled immediately upon arrival without regard to the country,the staff is very friendly,all smiles,tried to talk,I ask how are you,like here or not.Was on 2 day trips in the Sahara.That's impressive.Drove almost throughout Tunisia,was a great guide,learned a lot.About the dirt guide also made explanations-the country is beginning to live again.By the way,yesterday went on the train to Paveletsky station.So on the way we saw so many abandoned debris that Tunisia never dreamed of.Take a look around,we, too, not all smooth and clean.And Tunisia the beautiful sea,the Sahara,with clean hotels and ordinary people,who also earn money in any way they can:sell,clean ,cook in hotels.By the way,the food was tasty and varied.A lot of fruit. ...
greekorn 19 September, 2018
Dear fellow citizens, always you will be treated the way you deserve))) Arrived in Tunisia alone, I went to the Gare de Tunis (railway station), and when I realized that at 8 PM in Sousse I can't go back (though I do not understand why), went on Stasen de luazh (on the bus) where just over 10 dinars very quickly left, got in 2 hours)) Roam on any streets, at any time and many people come to chat, say like Russia, constantly shouting "Russia" "Moscow" Saint-Petersburg" and the like))) Local cops in the amount of 4pcs, standing near his car in the square at night when nobody is around and there is no longer, waving, beckoning, well-chatted with them, laughed and I went to sleep with the road) And when you ambition and eternally disgruntled face something to ask or even appear anywhere and behave with people prinebrezhitelno and like a servant, it certainly would be awful for you, and everywhere))) And I want to say - sit at home or out in the countryside drove on vacation)) ...
Valena 17 October, 2018

Here I agree completely! Golden words! ...
Annarelli 8 August, 2019
Good afternoon.
Tunisia is an interesting country, and strange for our culture. As always there is a lot of positive , there are negative. But for the rest it is not mikroshemka of mold in the room to do, and try to relax, someone like seal on the beach, someone backpack behind and places of interest. There were kids last year in hotel Thapsus mahdija of the hotel is stated as a 3*, I liked everything and the sea and the hotel and catering and excursions planned, I do not like organized tours. This year we're going to the Sahara beach and I hope too it will be perfect. Did not notice the neglect of Russian, if you behave properly, then you will have the same attitude. ...
Swallow 7 December, 2019

There is something in Tunisia children to watch? Type zoos, aquariums, and other prikolyuh? Or purely cultural heritage are for adults? Children are small and tours are obviously not for them. ...
admin 7 December, 2019

Basically as far as I know such entertainment is only within individual complexes, and so separately, do not recall. Of course to take advantage of the on-site hotels, you need to live there, not allowed. ...