Monastir is the birthplace of Habib Bourguiba.
Bourguiba served as President of Tunisia from the date of its independence in 1953 until his retirement, at the age of 84, in 1987.
Bourguiba introduced a number of social reforms, especially in the areas of education, health and equal rights for women, which has led to Tunisia becoming the modern state it is today.
Habib Bourguiba is now buried in the impressive Bourguiba family mausoleum in the town.
Museum of Traditional Costumes
I must admit that I didn't visit this museum. The lunch break has just begun so I need to wait 3 hours to be opened again. So, I'm writing this tip only to prevent you for doing my mistake not visiting the museum immediately after my arrival in Monastir.
We took two trips into the heart of Monastir during our stay. Once during the day, just after we arrived in Tunisia, and the second in the evening, just before our departure. Our initial impressions weren’t too great, to be honest, but once we escaped from the tourist-trap that is the old town (the Medina), it became a slightly more cheerful and welcoming place.
"So, the good?"
The Marina is very peaceful, and of course, colourful too. The beaches are not too crowded, and the entire beachfront is a wonderful photo opportunity :) We didn’t get a chance to enter the Ribat, but from outside it’s quite a spectacle in it’s own right.
"But even better!"
To be perfectly honest though, a much better alternative than Monastir is simply to head in the opposite direction, up to Sousse, the 3rd biggest city in Tunisia, and bustling with life. Not to mention attractions such as the catacombs (see my tips), the bird park, and their beaches.