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Coastal view of Monastir from the sea

Soak up the heat of tantalising Tunisia during holidays in Monastir.

The region is a popular tourist destination thanks to an abundance of sun, sea and sand that is beautifully blended with a fascinating and rich history.

Monastir holidays can be taken in one of a number of excellent resorts and towns along the glittering coastline, where the sun shines for hours upon end and the locals extend a warm welcome to their international guests.

The Monastir region sits on the eastern coast of Tunisia, across the Mediterranean Sea from Malta and Sicily. Holidays here are great value for money, and are favoured by families, mixed groups and couples. Families in particular enjoy the friendliness of the main resorts. Tunisians love children and the little ones will be made to feel most welcome.

Monastir was a fishing port of old, with a plethora of historical sites, and it now supports a booming tourism industry that spreads out along the shoreline at resorts such as Mahdia, Skanes, Port el Kantaoui, Hammamet, Yasmine Hammamet, Nabeul, and the city of Sousse, which is a great place to haggle for bargains at the Medina.

Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, Monstir, Tunisia

Many hotels offer all-inclusive options and feature all the extras that holidaymakers would expect, from poolside drinks and spas, to water sports and evening entertainment. There are excellent golf courses too for active types who just can't leave their clubs at home.

The resorts benefit from a mix of golden and white sands, plus warm waters and a climate befitting of the Mediterranean. There are plenty of places to eat and drink too and, despite Tunisia being a Muslim country, the locals are tolerant of holidaymakers and alcohol is served almost everywhere.

The city of Monastir is fairly small, and it's worth a few hours of your holiday time to explore some of the attractions. Film fans will recognise the town's ribat, or fort, as it starred in 'Monty Python's Life of Brian'. Elsewhere in North African Tunisia, you can see the remains of the Star Wars set. Almost every one of the movies contained scenes shot here, and visitors feel instantly transported to another world. You could combine a movie-set trip with a desert safari. The older members of your family will adore the thrills and spills of the dunes.

Other nearby attractions include the famed blues and whites of Sidi Bou Said, and the ancient Roman remains at Dougga.

Holidays to Monastir are reached via flights into Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport (NBE), following a flight time of around three hours.

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Lots of sunshine and very little rainfall are the main features of weather in Monastir. Summer months sizzle, with daily average temperatures between 30C and 35C, and 12 hours of sunshine. Spring and autumn experience high temperatures too, in the mid twenties, with cooler and more comfortable evenings. Winter is incredibly mild in Monastir; daytime temperatures of 20C and cold nights are the norm.


El Jem International Symphonic Festival; July: Travel the short distance to El Jem and take a seat in the incredible Roman amphitheatre to see fine classical performances by candle light. It's an unforgettable experience, whether you're a fan of classical music or not.

International Festival of Monastir; July/August: Various events take place around the city of Monastir to celebrate local culture and tradition.

International Festival of Sousse; July/August: Events during this famous festival include jazz, opera, classical music, theatre, and more modern music at a series of concerts.