home of the "lotus eaters" and Ulysses himself,
the sun-drenched island of Djerba has mile upon mile of unspoilt
beaches lapped by the clear blue waters of the southern Mediterranean.
tour operators sell package holidays to Djerba, along with
optional desert safaris. For independent travellers, there
are frequent internal flights to Djerba from Tunis and Tozeur
(1 hour) or louage (shared) taxis.
to Stay & Eat
Djerba's luxury hotels are located right on the beach in the
"Zone Touristique! on the island's north east shore.
Budget travellers will love Houmt Souk's more intimate fondouk
hotels - old converted hostels that open onto shady courtyards.
from several excellent restaurants that are clustered around
the three central squares in Houmt Souk - go a la carte or
take the fixed price tourist menu. Octopus and Calarmari are
the local specialties.
finest seafood at La Princess d'Haroun restaurant overlooking
the port (booking recommended)
Fantasia at Midoun with Arabian horseman, traditional music
and dancing - held every Tuesday afternoon.
- A boat
trip to Flamingo Island with a barbecue of freshly caught
fish on the beach.
yachting across the sand flats at Aghir
- A Hammam
steam bath at Hamman Ziadi in Houmt Souk, Djerba's capital
fishermen bringing in the daily octopus catch in terracotta
- a health treatment with hot seawater and mud or seaweed
is virtually flat with little traffic, a bicycle is a great
way to explore, or for the less energetic, a moped. Local
buses and taxis are cheap and readily available. Djerba is
linked to the mainland by a causeway or by ferries which run
half-hourly from Ajim.
beautiful Ghriba Synagogue - one of the holiest Jewish buildings
in North Africa
pottery village of Guellala where potters still craft ceramics
Souk's vibrant and bustling marketplace with its daily fish
nooks and crannies of the Borj el Kebir - a 15th century
fort that looks out over the sea.
safaris in the Sahara.
Events & Festivities
celebration of the songs, dances and traditions of the
A place of pilgrimage for Jews from all over North Africa
four-wheel drive adventures