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Monastir

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Monastir has a very pleasant southern charm. You can stroll along its seafront and then discover its marina and its historic district.

In addition, most establishments offer more in terms of architecture, restaurants and service. The high season attracts many people, but in medium and low season, Monastir appears to be one of the most pleasant seaside resorts in Tunisia. If you do not want to be dependent on transport, choose a hotel in the centre of town.

It overlooks the pleasant 'route de la falaise' that runs along the cliff. You will be within very short walking distance of the souk and the museums and monuments, but the beach is less beautiful than elsewhere. Relatively narrow and busy, you are more likely to be swimming in large crowds of people than in the sea.

If tanning and water sports are your priority, choose one of the hotels located to the west of the centre, along the SkanŤs beach. The buildings are new and of good standing. However, you should rent a car to leave in the evening and explore the surrounding area.
Monastir is a very pleasant city to explore on foot such as going along the seafront until Ribat (citadel), then a little time in the medina. The ideal time to discover it is early in the morning when the local people come to buy fruits, vegetables and fresh fish. Perfect to stir your appetite!

To see

Go on the esplanades that open in front of the Bourguiba mosque and the Great Mosque. Do not hesitate to dwell in these beautiful paved squares, before visiting the museums (the Museum of Traditional Costume, located along Independence street, and the museum of Ribat, located in the fortress of the same name). Finish by strolling along the seafront.

To do

All water sports in season (April to October), jet ski parasailing, as well as the pedalo and the sailboat. Allow half a day to a full day to explore Kairouan (37 miles away from Monastir). Know that the courtyard of the Great Mosque is only open in the morning and the medina is also more animated before noon.

pros

  • +  The presence of many cultural sites .
  • +  A reduced transfer time from the airport (10 minutes on average).
  • +  Varied accommodation and of good standing .
  • +  A town with a pleasant seafront.

cons

  • -  The beaches are of average quality.
  • -  An excessive concentration of tourists during high season.

To think about

The airport is not far from the hotel area (3 miles). It is ideal in case of late arrivals or early morning departures (which often happens when you take a charter flight).

To avoid

Avoid travelling by car in Monastir as the streets are often congested. It is better to park near the Ribat and continue the visit on foot. The distances to cover are not great.

To try

Couscous (with chicken or lamb). You can find buffets in the major hotels more and more (offered as a speciality or during Tunisian evenings). Try also other recipes of the country such as the fingers of Fatma (pastry stuffed with white chicken, potatoes and capers), tajine (omelette with meat and potatoes) and the brick (triangle of dough filled with tuna and a half-cooked egg).

To bring back

If you go to Kairouan, you may leave with a carpet, because the town specialises in making them. Easier to transport are the 'makrouts', diamond shaped pasta filled with dates. They can be found in the many bakers at the Kairouan medina, which are among the best in the country. The other purchases possible are more 'classic', such as spices, turkish slippers, pottery, woven bags and baskets.

Weather Monastir

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Monastir . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Monastir so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Monastir , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather November
Overall rating 62/100
  • Temperature indicators 50% Temperate

    Maximum temperature between 18°C and 20°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 88% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 66% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 54% Refreshing

    Sea temperature between 20 °C and 22°C. Wind speed between 4 mph and 7 mph.

  • Wind indicators 70% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 74% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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