Theme Week Tunisia – Monastir

Saturday, 26 August 2017 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Al Qurayyah beach © Tabkram

Al Qurayyah beach © Tabkram

Monastir is a city on the central coast, in the Sahel area, It is 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Sousse and 162 kilometres (101 miles) south of Tunis. Traditionally a fishing port, Monastir is now a major tourist resort. Its population is about 93,000. It is the capital of Monastir Governorate. Monastir enjoys a dry Mediterranean climate with hot summers, extremely mild winters, lots of sunshine and low rainfall year-round. The city sits in the northeast of Tunisia, on its central coast.

Monastir’s northeastern territories lead into a place called Route de la Falaise, through which one can reach its most notable suburb, Skanes, which is 6 miles (9.7 kilometres) from Monastir’s town centre. Hugging Tunisia’s coastline, Skanes is a holiday resort known mostly for its professional golf courses; white, sandy beaches; clear blue sea; and hotels that fuse Moorish architecture with modern designs. It is frequented throughout the summer by tourists from around the world. They also come for the medina, where it is possible to sample fresh Tunisian cooking and bargain for local goods.

Al Qurayyah beach © Tabkram Monastir from the ribat tower © flickr.com - Gorik Francois/cc-by-sa-2.0 Kasba © Youssef Latrach/cc-by-sa-4.0 Street shops © Wael Ghabara/cc-by-sa-3.0 Walls of Monastir © Hamed Gamaoun/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Monastir from the ribat tower © flickr.com - Gorik Francois/cc-by-sa-2.0
Monastir was founded on the ruins of the PunicRoman city of Ruspina. The city features a well-preserved ribat that was used to scan the sea for hostile ships and as a defence against the attacks of the Byzantine fleet. Several ulama came to stay in the ribat of this peaceful city for contemplation. The ribat was, in the 1970s, also one of the filming locations for both the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth and Monty Python‘s Life of Brian.

Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport has flights from most Western European countries. Nouvelair has its head office in Monastir in the Dkhila Tourist Zone, near the Hôtel Sahara Beach.

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