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    Monastir

    by miman Written Aug 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Monastir is a city on the central shore of Tunisia, in the Sahel area. Traditionally a fishing port, Monastir is now a major tourist resort. Located in north-eastern Tunisia, it is the capital of Monastir Governorate.Monastir, 9th century walls and an imposing Ribat tower over a modern resort complex and the result is amazingly harmonious. Monastir captures that blend of the traditional and modern that characterizes Tunisia. A marina nestled in the shade of the walls provides a enjoyable promenade as does the long avenue that offers the bluest of Mediterranean seas on one side and open air terraces of Hotels, restaurants and coffee houses from where you can enjoy the view. Monastir is an important holiday resort on the Tunisian coast. The main attraction in town -not counting the beach- is an old fortress that is right on the waterfront. It was built by an Islamic religious order in 797 to defend the town from roaming nomadic tribes and Byzantine warships. The fortress houses a lovely museum of Islamic art and artifacts.Other things to see include the 9-th century city walls and a marina. Monastir is an excellent base for a beach holiday with the possibilities to make it a really active one. Water sports, excursions ( Kairouan is only 80 km) and golf are on offer.

    Fondest memory: Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba was born there, and his mausoleum is built there. Habib Ben Ali Bourguiba (born August 3, 1903 in Monastir, Tunisia – died April 6, 2000) was a Tunisian statesman and the first President of the Republic of Tunisia from July 25, 1957 to November 7, 1987

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    stay away from this area

    by supabenji Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I must let you know that the monastir area is now dying, i mean hotels are closing and the nightlife is so poor that once in your bed you think about how to get away from this mess.
    Few things to do actually... the presidential palace obviously, the medina is just a big mall where you got harrassed by the locals trying to get every single dinar you have in your pocket, very annoying.
    The seaside is quite dirty and you'll enjoy staying next to the pool.

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