Monastir is a tourist town at the sea close to the center of Tunisia. It’s known for its Ribat, an enormous fortress, and for being the birthplace of modern Tunisia’s first president, Habib Bourguiba. There is plenty to see here for a day; exploring the endless ramparts, tunnels, casemates, and exhibitions in the Ribat takes half a day. There is also an extensive Muslim cemetery between the Ribat and the main mosque, and the usual markets.
IOn my last day I spent some time in Sousse, a bit north of Monastir. Its old town is very scenic but follows the usual pattern. I found an excellent restaurant there, the Kasbah Café (last photo), and had Couscous to complete my Tunisian experience.
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