1. review of Monastir
WeatherVisited Monastir in both July and April
The weather was perfect for sightseeing in April warm and not over hot, we wore t-shirts wheras the locals had cashmere overcoats on !!
July however is baking hot more for the beach and pool, than for tramping around the Ribat and the souks etc.
Monastir itself is the "showpiece" modernised town of Tunisia, it has a small Marina with the usual Pirate ship excursions (usually good value for money)
There are several Cafes which sell alcohol around the Marina very pleasant to rest awhile and maybe sample the pizza.
The beach area while not huge is nice and sits in the shadow of the Ribat, the Ribat famously where Monty Pythons Life of Brian was filmed is itself well worth a visit and is a reasonable priced entrance fee the museum inside is also included in the fee.
HolidayMonastir is clean and tidy and the locals are friendly and you can buy a stuffed camel, at numerous shops and the street hawkers who some find daunting are usually friendly but it depends how you treat them.
More annoying are the small children who constantly try and get you to buy one or two tabs of chewing gum from them.Apart from Monastir we travelled to other places mainly using the public transport, the rail network in particular is good but could benefit from more frequency in the high season.
We stayed at the Skanes Beach Hotel in April Hotel was lovely, location (near the power station) best avoided.
July we stayed at the Mahaba Salem, Sousse. Fantastic hotel, location 2k outside of main resort of Sousse plenty of easy transport links into Sousse or Port el Kantoui.
Recommend Monastir to others