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Short trips from Monastir

by AgnesToma

Two years ago I was to Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt,for a week and I went in 1/2 day and one day trips with some local travel agencies. Can I do the same thing here?
Cane someone recommend me some short trips from Monastir, even the prices you payed, and some suggestion for places to see and do.
Thank you

RE: Short trips from Monastir

by SWFC_Fan

Hi

It's a few years since I went to Tunisia, so I can't remember exact prices....but they weren't too expensive.

Some of the popular daytrips are to:

Tunis (the capital of Tunisia)......wander through the medina and bargain for all manner of goods;

Sidi Bou Said and Carthage.....I did't visit either of these, but Sidi Bou Said does look beautiful in the postcards that I saw (blue and white buildings overlooking the Mediterranean sea);

El Jem.....see the ancient Colisseum;

Sousse....one of the biggest cities in Tunisia, with a bustling medina and some fascinating sights (eg the ribat, the kasbah...)

You'll also be able to visit holiday resorts such as Port el-Kantaoui and Hammamet.


Enjoy your trip!

Jonathan

RE: Short trips from Monastir

by Kevin-UK

Sfax has the best old medina in Tunisia. You'll get little or no hassle here as it is not such a tourist trap. 2004 I visited Sfax and it was very relaxed, 2005 I visited Sousse and was constantly hassled to buy.

For adventure go to the desert, Ksar Ghilane is a long day trip better two days. Douz is good for a camel ride in the desert.

For pics have a look at www.4x4-travel.co.uk

Travel Tips for Monastir

Medina

by Willettsworld

The Medina in Monastir is surrounded by a battlemented wall built in the 18th century. Recently restored in the interests of the tourist trade, it now looks very smart and well cared for. The Medina itself is smaller than those in Tunis and Sousse and it doesn't have the same vibe or atmosphere. At the centre lies Place du 3 Septembre 1934 which is features a few shops and cafes.

Views from the Ribat

by Willettsworld

On the southeast side of the Ribat is the three-storey Nador tower, from the top of which there are fine views of the harbour, the large cemetery containing the Bourguiba Mausoleum, the Great Mosque and the roofs of the Medina.

Monastir - Tunisia's famous Ribat

by Willettsworld

I first came to Monastir with my parents back in 1989 for a weeks holiday and came again as part of a 10 day winter tour around northern Tunisia as a day trip from Sousse. I didn't remember much of the town except for the two octagonal pavillions at the entrance to the Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba which was closed to visitors back in 1989 as Tunisia's first president, who was born in Monastir, died in 2000.

Like most of Tunisia, Monastir's history goes back a fair bit. The Phoenicians established a trading station named Rous Penna on this strategic site, and under the Romans this became the town of Ruspina. During the civil war with Pompeii (49-46 B.C.) Caesar made this his headquarters in North Africa and surrounded it with a triple ring of walls. When the Arabs established a chain of fortified monasteries along the North African coast in the 8th century they recognised the strategic value of this site at the tip of the peninsula and built the famous Ribat from which the town takes its name (Greek - Monasterion). Today the town is at the eastern end of a huge tourist area that streches for miles along the Gulf of Hammamet to Sousse.

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