Djerba

Djerba is an island in south Tunisia with beautiful sandy beaches and beautiful, peaceful and silent countryside. One from the best ecological destinations in the World, this island preserves its traditions and its unique architectural theme.

Understand

Djerba is known for its beautiful beaches and dramatic sunsets and therefore a popular tourist destination, particularly with French, German and Italian tourists. It is one of the few remaining places in Tunisia where a Berber language is still spoken. It is the largest island of North Africa with a total population of around 160,000.

Get in

By bus

Buses between Tunis' south bus station and Houmt Souk's centre ville in Djerba cost 26.750 dinars and take about 8 hours. The fare includes the ferry ride to the island. Night rides are common and fairly comfortable.

By plane

Djerba's only international airport for scheduled and charter flights is Djerba-Zarzis Airport (DJE). Tunisair provides schedule service from the island to some major European cities, there is also domestic service provided by Tunisair's subsidiary, Sevenair, between Djerba and Tunis. A few European charter airlines also fly to the island.

By train

The train line ends at Gabes, 70 km to the North-West. From there, you must take a bus or lounge to El Jorf and then a ferry to Djerba.

Get around

Public transportation is limited but taxis are available for reasonable prices; it is possible to hire a bicycle or a motor-bicycle but be careful as most roads are narrow!

See

Interior of El Ghriba Synagogue

Do

Enjoy the sandy beaches, visit Ras R'mel peninsula, rent a bicycle and visit the small villages; enjoy a simple and typical architecture, a silent countryside and beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Eat fresh tasty fish; go to the typical fish market. Do not miss a Turkish bath. Visit the jewelers and admire bedouin silver jewelry.

A great place to watch beautiful sunsets is at the northwest side of the island is Borj Djillidj before turning left to Ajim. The quiet little port and lighthouse hosts the traditional fishermen who still catch octopus with clay pots and come back against sunset with their wins of the day. A most quiet and serene place sure to inspire.

Buy

Textiles, spices, dates, loofahs, traditional clothes, drums and pottery.

Eat

Eat fresh grilled fish, couscous with fish and lamb meat, try "brik à l'oeuf", Tunisian sandwich (casse-croute tunisien), lablabi (a chick-peas soup), salade mechouia (mixed grilled vegetables), tastira (mixed fried vegetables). Fricasse ( sandwich bread fried in oil and topped with various toppings). Gelato and pizzas from the souk.

Drink

Drink only bottled water, try fresh orange juice, mint tea, Turkish coffee, bokha (fig/date local alcohool), celtia (local beer), l'ban (liquid yougurt).

Sleep

There are many hotels are available for all kinds of budgets, including of course deluxe hotels.

Go next

From the bus station of Houmt Souk (gare routière) it is quite easy and cheap to get to the major cities in the mainland.

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