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Experience in Monastir, Tunisia by Hela

Published by Hela Haddad — 6 days ago

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What is it like to live in Monastir? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

Living in Monastir is like living in small village that is surrounded all along the shore by the ocean view. One of my favorite spots to visit in Monastir, is the final resting place of the previous Tunisian president “habib Bourguiba”. The architectural design is truly a masterpiece. Inside the building you find rooms filled with little pieces of history. Ones that are garnished with pictures of the “greatest militant” and his family, also, some of the costumes he wore on special occasions. Not forgetting to mention the grave which itself is a majestic piece of art. The experience of visiting that place is goose-bumpy and it stays with you.
Moving further to the east, we find the old Marina “the old port”. Walking along side the port, seeing all the little ships that move lightly with the wind as you inhale the smell of jasmines is honestly one of the most relaxing experiences ever. The city is very lively. In the winter, where it’s filled with students and during the summer where it’s crowded with tourists.
As a resident in Monastir, I would most definitely recommend living here. It’s the perfect combination between nature and peace.

What is the student lifestyle like in Monastir?

Monastir is one of the most “student attracting” cities in Tunisia. It is the only city in which we find the faculty of pharmacists and dentistry, which makes it an aim for medical students in general.
Students love the approximately of everything they need in the city, they have everything they want within 3 blocks maximum.
Students throw enormous events all throughout the year and they mingle quite easily, I’ve seen it happen year after year and truly it’s endearing.

How much does it cost to live in Monastir?

Compared to most Tunisian cities, Monastir is considered very affordable for living.
Prices may go up during the summer holidays and that is for the crowds of tourists who come, but if you’re looking for a long stay, you can find everything you need within a reasonable price.

Is it difficult to find accommodation in Monastir? Is there any advice you can give?

I wouldn’t say it’s hard to find accommodation in Monastir but rather a bit challenging if you want something within a certain budget. But what I’m sure of is there is accommodations for everyone and it only depends on how much is your budget.
My advice is to always go look by yourself, don’t try searching through the internet alone. Going and seeing the place is much better.

What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?

The food is to die for. I recommend “dar chraka” in the old Medina for an authentic Tunisian experience, “brik, ojja, tabouna, mloukjiya, tajine” these are all a must try when visiting Monastir. Of course, if you have a taste for street food, there is the famous “chapati or lablebi” .. just be ready for a lot of spices!

What places would you recommend visiting in Monastir?

My favorite place in Monastir is called “la falaise”. It’s a high mountain that gives you a perfect view to the endless ocean. I usually bring my coffee, a friend, and we sit there, on the Tunisian soil, watching as the waves crash on the rocks and the sunset overcomes the whole city with its magnificent colors.

Is it good to eat out in Monastir? Can you tell us your favourite spots?

It’s always a great idea to eat out in Monastir. One of my favorite places, is “mama chemi”, which is a restaurant specializing in Syrian food. It’s almost as if you’re traveling with this dish. There’s also, my favorite ice-cream place, a new little spot, called “chin chin”, I’ve tried their ice-cream, frozen yogurt and crêpes.. absolutely delicious, and may I add, the place is very “instagramable”; it’s a good deal hah.

Is the nightlife good in Monastir? Where is good to go?

The nightlife in Monastir during the summer is busy like a bee but during the winter, it’s either some people taking a walk by the beach or dreaming something hot in a coffeehouse.
There’s also a couple of bars for those who want to drink.

What advice would you give future students heading to Monastir?

If you are looking for a student friendly place, do not hesitate. Monastir might not be big, but it has a lot to offer. The experiences you may have here, can be fulfilling and life changing.

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