Monastir Travel Guide

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Monastir Things to Do

  • Sidi el-Mezeri cemetery.

    the Sidi el-Mezeri cemetery is overlooked by the impressive Habib Bourguiba mausoleum, All the bodies are laid on thier sides facing Mecca.

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  • HABIB BOURGUIBA MAUSOLEUM

    The Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum dominates the Sidi el-Mezeri cemetery. The grand marble building holds the remains of Habib Bourguiba, who died in 2000. He was the founder of modern day Tunisia. He was born in Monastir in 1903. He studied law in Paris then returned to Tunisia to a political career.He peacefully campaigned againt the French occupation...

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  • Parasailing

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I’ve always wanted to try parachuting. Parasailing was a good way to find out if it’s worth the effort. It definitely is. My flight took about 10 minutes and 3 days of getting ready ;) After some instructions in combined English and German I was kind of ready to fly. The first...

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  • Scuba diving

    The Alyssa diving centre runs from the Kuriat Palace hotel, and has 2 trips a day. A fully qualified team ensures that this outfit is run like a (relatively) tight ship. They also offer diving courses, from 1* all the way to instructor level. The trip I did consisted of a 20-30 minute dive, on a coral reef. We were taken down one at a time, and...

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  • Bourguiba Mausoleum. Green Domes.

    Beside the big golden dome, there are two small domes, the president parents and his wife had both been lain to ground under one of the two green domes.

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  • Bourguiba Mausoleum.

    Habib Borguiba was the first elected president of Tunisia (he negociated the independence from France), and is considered the father of the new nation. He was born in Monastir and is buried here in this magnificent Mausoleum. The building was built in 1963, it´s an imposing building, with three domes and two minarets marking the entrance. To reach...

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  • Bourguiba Mosque.

    This mosque located in the Rue de L´independance was built in 1963, and has an octagonal minaret 41mts height. It´s a huge building that can accomodate up to a thousand devouts.

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  • Bourguiba Mausoleum. Pavillions.

    At the end of the long paved road that takes to the Mausoleum there are two octogonal pavillions with some arab inscriptions inside.

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  • Bourguiba Mausoleum. Corridors.

    Surrounding the main building there are some beautiful corridors, great to rest and avoid the killing sun of Monastir.

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Monastir Restaurants

  • Great little place for lunch

    This is a great little option perched up just inside the southern Medina wall beside Bab Briqcha. I came here for lunch and had a great Merquez (spicy sausage) baguette sandwich plus they also do tuna, cheese sandwiches etc, grilled meats and pizzas. This is a popular place with the young. Excellent service.

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  • Medina townhouse

    Dar Chraka is set in an old medina town house with an attractive, tiled courtyard and cool arched interiors. The restaurant is popular with tourists and locals alike and can get busy. Offering a selection of seafood, grills and salads; service is quick and friendly. Only drawback, no alcohol as the owner chooses not to serve it. Lunch for 5 with...

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Monastir Nightlife

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    by cheekymarieh Written Jul 15, 2007

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    If you come to Tunisia looking for nightlife then you will probably disappointed. Most of the nightlife is concentrated in the hotels with shows pu on by that establishment’s entertainment team. How good or bad it will be depends on the professionalism of the entertainers concerned. In the hotels in Monastir that I’ve stayed in, everything comes to a halt around mid-night unless there is a nightclub in the hotel.

    Outside of the hotels, you don't have a vast choice of establishments serving alcohol. You are more likely to end up drinking in a coffee shop or small cafe.

    Dress Code: In the hotels, people tend to be dressed very casually.

    Vodka Drinking With Some Poles In The Hotel
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Monastir Transportation

  • Train vs Bus

    Both forms of transport are incredibly cheap, but i guess the trains are a bit more convenient - Busses don't have 'stops' - at least trains have stations! there is a regular service between Monastir and Sousse (takes about half an hour). Apart from that, you never know when a bus is coming, or how long you going to have to wait...

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  • Arrival By Plane

    Monastir airport is one of the most efficient airports that I have visited. Four times now I have been out of the airport complete with luggage and some currecncy changed within half an hour of landing. It is a modern airport and has never been excessively busy while I have been there. The airport is used by many of the major charter companies from...

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  • Getting to Monastir from Sousse

    There are three ways to get to Monastir from Sousse with the public transportation: by bus, by combined taxi (starting point is near North entry of Medina in Sousse) or by 'Metro'.Metro is different from train. There is a regular line from Sousse to Monastir (and then to Mahdia). It is very cheap - 1TD oneway and usually there is a 'metro' every...

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Monastir Shopping

  • Bronze plates with your name on :)

    Walking around the souk you will notice some benches selling bronze plates and stuff. Many of them will "curve" with a nail your name in tunisian, in your language or any alphabet of the world, as long as you write it on a piece of paper. I brought these as a souvenir gift for the people in the office and they seemed to enjoy it. :)

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  • Monastir market

    If you want to feel real shopping in Monastir you have to know to bargain.Also you need to have nerves of steel.The salesman will drag you in to their shops,hackle to you on the streets(if you are blonde) and try to do almost everything to make you buy some of their products.Don't be suprised if they offered you a cup of tea while you are looking...

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  • For birds ? or plants ?

    Birdcages in white or olive wood are world famous and can be used as planters, for decoration and ..... for birds.

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Monastir Local Customs

  • Visiting Mosques

    Many Asian and African countries, including Tunisia, are predominantly Muslim, so the religious sites you are most likely to encounter, are, predictably, mosques. This is a brief tip of advice, written from the point of view of a non-Muslim, female traveler (yours truly!!!):- Do dress modestly, covering arms, legs, shoulders and the like, no...

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  • Habib Bourguiba

    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...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Monastir Warnings and Dangers

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    by RPW Written Jul 7, 2004

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    When you go to any of the shopping areas your guide will tell you to ignore the locals that try to take you round places like the medina's. The medina is a walled shopping centre and can be a bit of a maze, these locals try to take you to stalls and shops that are owned by friends or family, but the shops are not the cheapest and normally not of a great standard. The worst thing however is they try to take you in a circle and you end up getting lost and the only way out is by rewarding them - if you don't they become quite abusive. So just ignore them.

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    • Women's Travel
    • Seniors

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Monastir Tourist Traps

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    by cheekymarieh Written Jul 15, 2007

    I discovered this marvel of modern art when we wandered down from the Ribat towards the beach. The bright colours attracted my attention and I had to go closer and examine this monstrosity. On closer inspection I discovered that it was a fibre glass statue.

    Unique Suggestions: Look down towards the harbour and beach instead or up towards the Ribat.

    Fun Alternatives: Go for a wander along the nearby promenade.

    The Little Mermaid

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Monastir What to Pack

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    by aliante1981 Written Jan 15, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:

    - Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of modesty, welcomed when visiting old churches and mosques. Scarves and the like covering shoulders and arms can keep the sun off during treks. A cloth hat or scarf can be soaked to help keep the head cool.

    - "Squeeze Breeze": this is a water bottle with a sprayer and a battery-operated fan attached. The beach toy to take with you!

    - Sun block: While sun blocks may be purchased in Tunisia, people tend to prefer sticking with their own favourite brand (the skin, too, ‘gets used’ to it), and there’s not guarantee you’ll find it on the spot. So take your own, if you have preferences!

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Monastir Favorites

  • Monty Python

    Recognise the Nador tower in the Ribat? Well if you saw the film Monthy Python's Life of Brian then you probably would as it was featured in a scene where Brian (played by Graham Chapman) fell of the top only to be rescued by a passing alien spaceship. Another famous scene filmed within the Ribat was that of Biggus Dickus with some 500 Tunisians...

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  • Meeting Chokri

    My first trip here was quite by chance and just a quick, cheap break before my main holiday of the year less than a month later. There had been a catelogue of problems in booking a holiday and my friend found a cheap deal to the Hotel Saadia in the Skanes area of Monastir.It was while we were on this trip that I met Chokri. As we were leaving the...

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Bourguiba Mausoleum. Sarcophagus.
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Bourguiba Mausoleum. Entrance.
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Bourguiba mausoeum. Main Building.
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Islamic Cemetery.
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Great Mosque. Original Ruins.
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Great Mosque.
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Monastir Central Park.
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Ribat de Monasir. View from the tower, Pavillions.
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Ribat of Monastir. Views from the tower.
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Ribat of Monastir. Corridors.
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Ribat of Monastir. Islamic Museum.
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The Ribat of Monastir.
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Adam Park
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Costume Museum
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Ruins of Ribat of Sayyda
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Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba - items
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Great Mosque
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Muslim Graveyard
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Ribat Museum
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Ribat
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Bourguiba Mosque
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Medina walls and gates
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Medina
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Bab Briqcha
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Bab El Gharbi
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Monastir Marina
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The Ribat Of Harthema
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Bourguiba Mausoleum
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The Medina
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Golden Statue Of Bourguiba
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Bourgiba Mosque
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Getting to Monastir by Airplane
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Museum of Traditional Costumes
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Marina
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Habib Bourguiba Mosque
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Ribat of Monastir
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