Skanes is a modern resort spread around a gorgeous bay in Tunisia, 3 kilometres west of Monastir. The breathtaking beach of fine white sand is the main attraction, particularly with families and couples, along with the relaxed, peaceful vibe. You can tee up on a golf course, try your hand at a variety of water sports, or unwind with a massage at a luxurious spa. The beautiful and ancient town of Monastir offers plenty of history and culture, including a magnificent 8th-century fortress, along with lively shopping and nightlife.
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Holidays in Skanes revolve around the pool and the beach, which is long, sandy and blissful. This is an ideal destination if you’re looking for plenty of sunshine and the chance to really unwind and recharge your batteries. The hotels offer plenty of entertainment, from bars to live shows, and you could also have a go at the many water sports on offer. The ancient towns of Monastir and Sousse, both among the oldest in Tunisia, offer a host of cultural attractions, along with traditional souks and plenty of nightlife. Monastir is just 3 kilometres from Skanes, while Sousse is a 20-minute drive away.
There are several restaurants and pubs serving cuisines from around the world in Skanes, with more in the town's many hotels, most of which enjoy stunning seafront settings. You’ll find an array of cuisines available, but don’t miss the opportunity to try local specialities. Among them are couscous cherkow, which is prepared with fish, peppers and squash. Of course there is plenty of deliciously fresh seafood, including sea bass, squid and octopus. These are often served simply grilled with a squeeze of lemon. You might also enjoy marqet khodra, a traditional spring stew of lamb, spinach and broad beans. There is a wide choice of restaurants in neighbouring Monastir, catering to all tastes.
Families will be delighted by the sandy, child-friendly beach in Skanes, which is nice and shallow. Kids will enjoy splashing in the sea and pootling about in a pedalo or a kayak. If sun, sea and sand ever begin to pall, there are several fun attractions for younger kids, including a small water park and a karting track. The historic town of Monastir (3 kilometres away), with its fortress and medina, makes for a fascinating visit, which most kids will enjoy. And Monastir also offers boat trips, including a pirate-themed boat tour along the coast that will entertain children of all ages. Virtually all the hotels have swimming pools, many just for kids, along with a full programme of entertainment and activities.
Monastir, 3km from Skanes, is one of the oldest cities on the Tunisian coast, and boasts a host of well-preserved historic attractions. Foremost among them is the Ribat, an 8th-century defensive fort that bristles with watchtowers. (You can climb these for magnificent views.) The town has lots of museums, dedicated to everything from archaeology to Islamic art. One of the city’s biggest sights is the mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, who is considered the father of Tunisian independence. There are more beautiful historic sites to visit within easy reach, including the ancient cities of Sousse, Mahdia and Kairouan, as well as the magnificent Roman amphitheatre at El Jem.
Skanes is arranged around a wide, beautiful bay and features an unbroken string of gorgeous, sandy beaches. Generally regarded as the most stunning in the area, they dip gently into turquoise seas, making them ideal for families with young children. Many of the hotels have private beach areas, with sun loungers, parasols and bar service, but there are also lots of public areas where you can set up camp for the day. Most of the hotels offer a range of services, including pedalo and kayak rental, along with plenty of options for eating and drinking. There are more beaches in Monastir itself, which also offers boat trips along the coast.
The nightlife in Skanes is largely centred on the big hotels, which offer a wide-ranging programme of entertainment and activities. You can while away the evening at a beachfront bar, cocktail in hand, or take in some live music or traditional belly-dancing. There are several pubs and bars catering largely to British holidaymakers, some of which host gigs, comedy nights and other events. In Monastir, you’ll find a wider choice of bars and cafés and a sprinkling of clubs if you’re in the mood to dance the night away. Sousse, about a 20-minute taxi ride away, has even more nightlife.
The action in Skanes is mainly focussed on the beach, where you can take part in a host of activities, from canoeing and kayaking to water skiing and parasailing. Most of the hotels can arrange equipment hire and even courses. If you’re a golf fan, the resort boasts two courses, and other local activities include horse-riding (treks along the beach are a favourite). Many of the larger hotels boast tennis courts and other sports facilities, along with swimming pools. Several tour operators offer excursions into the desert, where you can zip around in dune buggies or Jeeps, or even ride a camel.