Monastir

Monastir

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About Monastir

Well worth exploring

Originally built as a trading post by the Phoenicians and taken over by the Romans under the name of Ruspina, the Tunisian seaport of Monastir has history (and Mediterranean views) on all fronts. Although most visitors tend to stay in the resort of Skanes about 6 miles away, Monastir itself is well worth exploring. View Monastir reviews

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Monastir’s unique location makes it the ideal spot for holiday resorts in Turkey and, while there’s tough competition from the nearby resort hub of Skanes, there’s plenty of accommodation to suit every budget. If you’re looking for the best resort in the city, the Royal Thalassa Monastir is your top choice with a range of 5-star facilities. Even cheaper accommodation can be high quality in the city so cost-conscious visitors are sure to find plenty to enjoy.

As with many Turkish cities, shopping in Monastir is dominated by the bazaars that are dotted around the city. Haggling is common, but it’s well worth looking up some proper technique and even watching a few local masters before trying your hand. If you’re looking for souvenirs, visit the Medina where you can buy plenty of artisanal jewellery, pottery and carpets.

While Monastir doesn’t have an iconic dish, there’s plenty of mouth-watering English cuisine to be found for foodies visiting the city. Look out for borek, thinly rolled pastry with a variety of tasty fillings. Kofte lamb should also be sampled as the uniquely spiced dish is a favourite of the Turkish people. If you’re travelling with a sweet tooth be sure to pick up some delicious baklava, mixed sweet pastries.

Monastir has plenty of festivals that’d make the perfect centrepiece for your holiday, here are a few of our favourites:

National Sovereignty and Children’s Day

Gifted to the children of Turkey by the first president of the Turkish Republic, the 23rd of April is both a celebration of the nation’s independence and the children who will foster that freedom for generations to come. The celebrations are ideal for families with plenty for kids to see and do.

Victory Day

A celebration of Turkey’s victory at the Battle of Dumlupinar on August 30th during the Turkish War of Independence, Victory Day is an important day in the Turkish calendar. Celebrations involve military parades and street parties, making it a great time to get a snapshot of the country’s culture.

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Language:Arabic, French
Currency:Tunisian Dinar
Time zone:GMT +1 hours (GMT +2 in summer)
Flight time:3 hours 20 mins
Airport code:MIR
Holiday type:Beach / Summer Sun / Winter Sun

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