Things to do

Skanes, a suburb of the Mediterranean port of Monastir, is home to Moorish architecture, gardens and market-places, but is heralded mostly for its stunning white-sand beaches and clear-blue sea.

Skanes is also a great base through which to explore the surrounding areas of Tunisia like Monastir and Sousse.

Day-time Activities

Skanes offers a whole host of day-time activities, and, given its seaside location, many of them are water-based. Firstly, there are many boat trips to be taken from the nearby marina, through which you can go fishing (catching your fresh dinner for the evening in the process), or simply take in a viewing of the diverse marine life from the comfort of the glass bottom boat tours.

Skanes’ coastline can also be explored by yacht, which could well afford you a view of the many dolphins that it gives a home. The bright blue sea is also a platform for numerous water-sports, including: snorkelling, diving, paragliding, jet-skiing and windsurfing. Of course, you may well be looking for simple relaxation in the form of sunbathing, and if so Skanes’ beaches are beautiful, never-ending, clean stretches of soft white sand – giving you the perfect opportunity to work on that tan.

If you are feeling more energetic then the surrounding countryside and its awesome scenery can be explored via horse or even camel, with desert safaris stretching out into the areas of Matmata, Kebili and Douz.

Golfing is also par for the course at this resort, with two 18-hole courses known as Flamingo and Palm Links.

Attractions

Lovers of history should take a trip over to the 8th Century fort in nearby Monastir, which is a fascniating example of the country’s architecture and also houses a museum of Islamic pottery, fabrics alongside other ancient artefacts.

The mausoleum of Habib Bourgiba, Tunisia’s founding father, is also worth going to see simply for its golden gilded dome.

Restaurants

Restaurants are found mostly inside the many hotels that make up this resort, with international and local cuisine ensuring that all palettes are catered for in equal measure. If you are looking for specifically local food, it is worth heading into Monastir and checking out the spicy servings in the back-alleys. Monastir in general holds more selection of outside restaurants, particularly around the Marina.

Shopping

Skanes is no stranger to shopping, with its numerous shopping complexes and alleyways brimming with antiques, carpets and leather goods. Haggling with vendors for the price that suits you is also very much a part of the process!

Nightlife

The nightlife in Skanes is plentiful, but as with restaurants is resticted mostly to the hotels themselves, with bars and nightclubs as standard. If you are looking to leave your hotel and sample the nightlife elsewhere it might be worth heading into Monastir, where there are a number of late night bars. If you feel like your luck is in, you could always try your hand at one of Tunisia’s largest casinos in near-by Sousse.

Day Trips and Excursions

Skanes is also the perfect base through which to take day trips to places like the aesthetically-pleasing village of Sidi Bou Said, the historical city of Kairouan and the Roman amphitheatre at El Jem and Tunis. The stunning beaches of Hammamet, Monastir and Port El Kantoui are also only a short journey away.

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