Explore Coastal Tunisia: Monastir and Mahdia

Mahdia Fishermen

Following the picturesque coastal line covered with glistening white sands of the east part of Tunisia you will eventually reach Monastir and Mahdia. These two lovely sea resorts have inherited Tunisia’s ancient traditions.

Monastir

Monastir was historically under the protection of the Ribat that was used in the past to scan the sea for hostile ships and served as a defense against the Byzantine fleet. The Ribat is well known among the locals who come and enjoy the view. It is also a place famous for the film set of “Jesus of Nazareth”.

Monastir Ribat
Monastir Ribat

Monastir has been traditionally a fishing port before it has been transformed into a major tourist resort. The medina and the port of the city are the landmark sites which contrast with the little villages hidden among fruit gardens. The specific landscape makes Monastir particularly beautiful. Thanks to its warm climate and easy access from all over the world, Monastir is a favorite destination for holiday breakaways and spa vacations.

Monastir Marina
Monastir Marina

While traveling in Monastir, you must visit the Bourguiba Mausoleum, the monumental grave of the former president Habib Bourguiba, the father of Tunisian independence.

Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba in Monastir

Mahdia

Mahdia is located south of Monastir and is the provincial center of Sfax. The major importance of Mahdia is associated with the fish-processing and weaving industry. The city has preserved the spirit it was given by its founders and the ruling of the Fatimids. Its history is filled with battles and change of government after it was founded in 921. The city itself was an important military settlement during the time of the Phoenicians. In 1087, the town was attached from Genoa and Pisa which played a critical role in Christians’ establishing control over the Western Mediterranean. Some of the major buildings like the Great Mosque and the Casbah were built between the 10th and the 11th century.  In 1390, the city was again under attack by the French who failed to seize it. It was later on that the Mahdia was completely rebuilt by the Spanish. Mahdia is known for being the home of Khaled Abdelwahhab who hid twenty persecuted Jews during World War II.

Mahdia Port
Mahdia Port
Mahdia Fishermen
Mahdia Fishermen

Visit Monastir and Mahdia in Tunisia

If you are interested in visiting Monastir and Mahdia, our travel experts are happy to assist you to plan an unforgettable Tunisia tour.

About the author

Joshua Mok is a cultural enthusiast and adventurer who can speak 6 different languages. Joshua currently lives in Tunisia and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. At Mosaic North Africa, Joshua is combining his business marketing expertise with his passion for travel to help others discover and enjoy the cultural and historical beauties of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

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