Monastir is a popular seaside resort, between medina and sandy beaches. It is a superb holiday destination but also the city of the Ribat, an imposing medieval fortress, and a jumping-off point to visit numerous historical sites.
A famous coastal resort, Monastir offers a wide choice of activities: catamaran, jetski, massages in the spa, golf… or quite simply sunbathing on the sand.
Visit the old town, haggle in the souks, stroll along the seafront facing the marina.
Don’t skip a visit to the monument which gives the city its fame: its large Ribat. This Middle Age fortress is a real labyrinth of courtyards and round and square towers. Don’t hesitate to climb to the top of its lookout tower: the view across the sea and the medina is breathtaking.
From the mausoleum of Bourguiba to the prestigious amphitheatre of El Jem by way of fortresses from the earliest days of Islam, visiting Monastir and the surrounding area will take you back through time.
This medieval fortress was originally a small fort built to watch the coastline.
Enlarged throughout the centuries, it then become an imposing monument and a prestigious centre of spiritual retreat for the Sufi mystics.
Today, a section houses a museum displaying magnificent objects from the Middle Ages.
The father of Tunisian independence, Habib Bourguiba, was born in Monastir. You can visit the mausoleum that he had built in the city of his birth; it is a veritable conservatory of the traditional arts: golden domes, carved wood, marble inlay…
Personal objects of the former President are on display.
In this museum, discover the richness of the ornaments, tunics and boleros embroidered with gold and silk, worn by the women of the Monastir region for special occasions.
Sousse is a major coastal resort and historical city. Its outstanding medina has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Read more about Sousse.
Kairouan was in the Middle Ages the first Muslim capital of the Maghreb and has remained a holy city.
The city has an extraordinary heritage: the Great Mosque, the Aghlabid Basins, the mausoleum of Sidi Sahbi... as well as a beautiful medina.
The city of Kairouan has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Read more about Kairouan.
Former capital of the Fatimids dynasty, Mahdia has preserved several historical monuments.
Its medina surrounded by the sea is full of charm. Its sandy beaches are very famous.
The Colosseum of El Jem is one of the largest and best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
See also: Mahdia and its surroundings.