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About the Monastir Science Palace

Monastir Science Palace is a public non-administrative establishment placed under the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Its objective is to create an intellectual, cultural and scientific dynamics among the different categories of citizens.

Address: Av. Farhat Hached, BP. 63 –  Monastir 5000 – Tunisia

Phone: +216 73 463 556 / Fax: +216 73 463 557

E-Mail: psm@psm.rnu.tn  WebSite: http://www.psm.rnu.tn

 

About Monastir City

Monastir (Arabic: المـنسـتير‎ Al-Munastîr, from the Greek μοναστήριον “Hermit’s Cell, monastery”, called [lmiˈstiːr] in Tunisian Arabic), is a city on the central coast of Tunisia, in the Sahel area, (20 km south of Sousse and 162 km south of Tunis). Traditionally a fishing port, Monastir is now a major tourist resort. Its population is 41,400. Monastir was founded on the ruins of the Punic–Roman city of Ruspina. The city features a well preserved Ribat that was used to scan the sea for hostile ships. Several ulema came to stay in the Ribat of this peaceful city for contemplation. The Ribat was also one of the filming locations for Monty Python’s Life Of Brian.

 

Accommodation near to the Venue

  • Youth Hostel in Monastir
  • Hotels
    • Regency Hotel (Distance: 1km) <link>
    • Delphin Habib Hotel (Distance: 500m) <link>
    • Monastir Center Hotel (Distance: 600m) <link>
  • ApartHotel
    • Marina Cap (900m) <link>

How to reach Tunisia?

Tunisia has 9 international airports <link>. The nearest airports are:

How to reach Monastir City

From other Tunisian’s cities

From Tunis Airport

When you arrive at Tunis Airport, three ways are possible to reach the hotel:

  • Direct by Taxi (180km): http://www.taxis-tunisie.com/  (expensive)
  • By Train: (recommended)  Take a Taxi from the front of the airport directly to the Tunis Railway Station (about 15 min). The cost of this transport is around 5 TND, with an extra charge for baggage, and 50% surcharge after 21:00. At Tunis Railway station, take the train to Monastir (Train from Tunis to Sousse & Train from Sousse to Monastir. The Tunisian Railways (SNCFT) is the best way to travel between Tunis and Monastir. For more information about trains’ schedules, please refer to http://www.sncft.com.tn/. You can book your train ticket and even pay for it on the SNCTF web site. It is recommended that you buy your ticket directly in the Train station.
  • Rent a Car: Car services are located in Arrival Area at the airport.
  • By Shared Taxi “Louage” (8 persons): Take a Taxi from the front of the airport directly to the Moncef Bey Station (about 15 min). At the station, take the Shared Taxi to Monastir city.

* For more information, please check the Tunisian Official Tourism website: http://www.tourismtunisia.com

 

How to reach the Venue from Monastir city?

  • By Taxi: Take the Taxi-Cab (Yellow car) from your place (train station, buses station, etc.) to the Monastir Science Palace.
  • By walking: check the google maps for more information.

General Information about Tunisia

Tunisia is a progressive Muslim North African country. It has several influences from Europe, due to the large and important industry of Tourism. Tunisians are eager to please, and are known for being very kind and welcoming. The majority of the population will speak some level of French. It is very useful if you learn a few french phrases before arriving. A much smaller percentage can speak English.

Tunisia is easy to navigate, whether you are renting a car, or taking a bus or train. Tunisians are always glad to help travelers out with timetables and directions.

 

Visas & Passports

The visa requirements for business and for travel purposes are governed by the following conditions and rules:

Passports – Required, but NOT by the following:

  • Holders of a valid Seaman Book travelling on duty

Passport validity – Passports must be valid for intended length of stay.

Visas – Required, but NOT by the following:

1. Nationals of Tunisia

2. For a stay up to 4 months by:

United States Citizens

3. For a stay up to 3 months by:

Nationals of Algeria, Antigua, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cote d’, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Falkland Is, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Gibraltar, Gilbert Islands, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland Rep, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Korea (South), Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saint Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Solomon Is, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City & Yugoslavia.

4. For an unlimited stay by holders of diplomatic or special passports issued to nationals of Egypt, Korea South, Spain & Switzerland

5. Holders of diplomatic or special passports issued to nationals of Bulgaria, Italy & Poland

6. For an unlimited stay by holders of diplomatic passports and for a stay up to 6 months by holders of special passports issued to nationals of Brazil

7. For a stay up to 3 months by holders of diplomatic or special passports issued to nationals of Belgium, Benin, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Pakistan & Thailand

8. For a stay up to 1 month by holders of diplomatic or special passports issued to nationals of Hungary

Other notes:
  1. Nationals of Australia & South Africa can obtain a visa on arrival
  2. New Zealand Nationals must apply for a visa through the nearest center; in most cases Japan is the closest. Processing times are approximately 2-3 weeks.

For more information about visa, please visit the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site <link>

 

Vaccinations & Health

  • No vaccinations are necessary to enter Tunisia. Please consult your doctor for up to date information.
  • Bottled water is highly recommended over tap water due to its high-level of minerals.

 

Currency

The National currency of Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar.

It is a fixed and partially-convertible currency, prohibited from being imported and exported. This means that you must wait to exchange until arrival in Tunisia.

You may convert your money at the airport– there are several kiosks open. Any extra dinars you may have when leaving Tunisia must be exchanged, and you must have your original receipt of exchange.

The Dinar is broken down into 1,000 “millimes” or thousandths.

One US Dollar is equivalent to about 1,6 TND <BCT web site>. A 1.5 liter bottle of water can be purchased for 0,500

It is reasonable to purchase items in souks, hotels, and certains stores with foreign currency (Pounds, Dollars, Euros), however at a substantial amount (over 100TND).

Credit cards are accepted in the majority of the hotels of a certain standing, the large restaurants like in almost all the stores for tourists. In all the important cities, one will find slot-machines allowing to carry out withdrawals, with the Visa cards and Mastercard.

 

Tourism Offices

In each major city (Tunis, Sfax, Sousse, Monastir, Nabeul, Hammamet, Tozeur, etc), you will find the National Tunisia Tourism Office (ONTT) branch office. These offices are open during regular working hours, as well as Saturdays and Sundays. They can help you with any information you need, excluding tour and excursion information.

 

Emergency Info

Police: 197

Ambulance: 190

Fire Department: 198

Medical List in Tunisia <link>.

 

Where & What to Buy

What to Buy:

Tunisia’s artisan work is exquisite and full of quality. Of the items you can find in Tunisia, here are some of the most popular:

  • Carpets (berber style and arab style)
  • Ceramics and pottery
  • Bird Cages
  • Jewelry
  • Coral
  • Olive woodwork
  • Leather (shoes, wallets, belts, etc)

Where to Buy:

  • Gabès: Henna
  • Guellala, Djerba: Pottery
  • Kairouan: Carpets and Makrouds (a sweet delicacy covered with honey and filled with dates)
  • Tabarka: Coral
  • Nabeul: Pottery and Orange flowers
  • Tozeur: Dates and Palm-tree straw hats and bags

In each city there is a SOCOPA store that is managed by the ONAT (National Office of Tunisian Artisanwork) and has fixed labeled prices on all products.

Many of the goods can also be found in the souks, medinas, and center-towns across Tunisia.

 

Voltage

220 V and 50 Hz

Electrical plugs type C and E (same round plugs like in Western Europe.)

Make sure to bring a converter for your hair-dryer and other powerful electronics..

 

Climate & Weather

Tunisia’s Mediterranean climate means that it is a beautiful land of constant sunshine and warm waters, with gentle sea breezes. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are wetter, and the inland regions tend to experience higher temperatures in summer and more rain in winter, with the cooler season falling between October and May. July and August are the height of summer and so a more comfortable time for travelling to Tunisia is in the cooler months, where temperatures range between 54°F and 82°F (12°C and 28°C). The capital city, Tunis, experiences an average temperature range of 43°F to 57°F (6°C to 14°C) in January, to between 70°F and 91°F (21°C and 33°C) in August. March to May (spring) brings a gorgeous display of wild flowers spread throughout the countryside.

For more information about the weather conditions in Tunisia, visit <meteo.tn> <weather.com>

 

Time Zone

Tunisia is at UTC/GMT +1. Check time and date.com for further information about time zones.

 

Useful links

www.authentictunisia.com

www.tunisiaonline.com

www.access-tunisia.com

www.tourismtunisia.com

www.artisanat.nat.tn

www.imagesdetunisie.com

www.nachoua.com

 

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