Monastir, Tunisia

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Monastir from the Ribat tower
Monastir from the Ribat tower
Official seal of Monastir
Monastir from space
Monastir from space
Monastir is located in Tunisia
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 35°47′N 10°50′E / 35.783°N 10.833°E / 35.783; 10.833
Country Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia
Governorate Monastir
Population (2004)
 • Total 71,546
Time zone CET (UTC1)
ZIP code 5000
Area code(s) 73

Monastir (Arabic: المـنسـتيرAl-Munastîr, from the Greek μοναστήριον "Hermit's Cell, monastery", called [lmiˈstiːr] in Tunisian Arabic), is a city on the central coast of Tunisia, in the Sahel area, (20 km south of Sousse and 162 km south of Tunis). Traditionally a fishing port, Monastir is now a major tourist resort. Its population is about 71,546. It is the capital of Monastir Governorate.


The Ribat in Monastir

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 as a defence against the attacks of the Byzantine fleet. Several ulema came to stay in the Ribat of this peaceful city for contemplation. The Ribat was also one of the filming locations for both the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth and Monty Python's Life Of Brian.


The city has Monastir – Habib Bourguiba International Airport with flights from most Western European countries. It is run by Tepe Akfen Ventures Airport Holding (TAV).


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. It is much hotter than the Mediterranean resorts on the European coast, but much milder than inland areas of Tunisia, forty percent of which is part of the Sahara. Summer, from June till September, is absolutely sweltering. If you spend too long outside, you’ll find yourself melted to the spot or wilting in the shade. While humidity is low, the soaring heat can still be hard to handle. The average high temperature of 29°C in June skips past the 30°C mark in the middle of the month and climbs up to 33°C in July and August.


Nouvelair has its head office in Monastir in the Dkhila Tourist Zone,[1][2] near the Hôtel Sahara Beach.[3]

Notable people[edit]

Tunisian ex-president Habib Bourguiba was born in Monastir, and his mausoleum is located in the city.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Monastir is twinned with:

and cooperates with


Great mosque Monastir 
Al-Qurayyah beach Monastir 
Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum 

Areas within Monastir[edit]

Monastir's north-eastern territories lead into a place called Route de la Falaise, through which you will reach its most notable suburb, Skanes, which is 6 miles from Monastir's town centre.[citation needed] Hugging Tunisia's coastline, Skanes is a holiday resort known mostly for its professional golf courses, never-ending strips of white, sandy beaches, clear blue sea and hotels that fuse Moorish architecture with modern designs, and is frequented throughout the Summer by tourists from around the World.[citation needed] As well as the relaxation and sports on offer they also come for the medina, where it is possible to sample fresh Tunisian cooking as well as bargaining for local goods.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Réclamations, Suggestions." Nouvelair. Retrieved on 1 July 2010. "Nos Coordonnées Adresse : Zone Touristique Dkhila – 5065 – Monastir – Tunisie."
  2. ^ "Après le vol." Nouvelair. Retrieved on 1 July 2010.
  3. ^ Jacobs, Daniel and Peter Morris. The Rough Guide to Tunisia. Rough Guides, 2001. 215. Retrieved from Google Books on 1 July 2010. ISBN 1-85828-748-0, ISBN 978-1-85828-748-5.
  4. ^ "Portrait of Münster: Die Partnerstädte". Stadt Münster. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 

External links[edit]

  • (French), official web site of the local multi-sports team

Coordinates: 35°47′N 10°50′E / 35.783°N 10.833°E / 35.783; 10.833