Unique architecture alongside white sand beaches separate the small island from the traditions of mainland Tunisia, but holidays to Djerba will be sure to stun and amaze even the most well-travelled tourists. To many, a crocodile farm would sound absurd, but not to the people of Djerba, who share an island with the biggest crocodile farm in the Mediterranean. It’s best to head there for feeding time to see these tremendous beasts in action but this is just one of the many quirks found in Djerba, the hot climate being ideal for this sort of attraction. Djerba has many fun things to do, and being situated on the north coast of Africa, will always guarantee fantastic views of the Mediterranean.
Hot Summers and Mild Winters
Djerba is truly an island for all seasons, Djerba holidays being perfectly equipped with unspoilt beaches from where you can watch the dolphins play, while also being home to Houmt Souk, a bustling market town for all of the haggler wannabes planning on bagging a bargain. Mainland Tunisia is only a short journey away, and if you have time then a desert safari is a once in a lifetime activity for the whole family to enjoy, just make sure you stock up on water! Holidays in Djerba wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Djerbahood, an open-air museum that contains a range of styles and subjects painted by artists all over the world. It’s pretty obscure and there isn’t a huge amount of information available, but part of the fun is discovering all of the paintings on hidden walls and structures, a truly memorable aspect of what will surely be an incredible holiday.
Please note: For all arrivals in 2014 onwards, there will be a Tourist City Tax of 2 TND per person per night – children under 12 years old are exempt. The tax is payable directly to the hotel upon arrival. Please note: Due to limited power resources which the government controls, air-conditioning is only allowed to be run from mid-June to mid-September.
Things to do in Djerba
Of all the attractions in Djerba, the main focus is its stunning sand-swept beach. Sidi Mahres is a 13-kilometre stretch of sand favoured by holidaymakers for its picturesque setting. Excellent for little ones too, it’s gently shelving sands make for an ideal place for them to splash around while adventure-seeking visitors will love the range of water sports on offer. If you’d rather focus on topping up your tan, head to one of the hotels along the beach – there are plenty of sun-loungers and beach bars for those looking for a much-needed dose of relaxation.
Wine and Dine
Whether you’re craving an authentic taste of Tunisia or international flavours, there are plenty of things to do in Djerba for even the most discerning foodie. Head down to the beachside and you’ll come across an abundance of seafood restaurants serving up freshly-caught fish and Mediterranean cuisine. Indulge in delicious cous cous and Moroccan-inspired dishes further into town, with delicious Arabic sweets and cakes for dessert. Try a delicious baklava, a honey-soaked eastern pastry filled with nuts and almonds and a particular treat for this region!
Action and Adventure
The beach isn’t just for soaking up the sunshine – there are a number of activities for those seeking adventure. Camel rides are increasingly popular for holidaymakers, but if you thrive on adrenaline, climb aboard a buggy for a whirlwind journey through vast desert. If you don’t mind getting your feet wet, check out the excellent array of water sports along the coastline – have a go at windsurfing or take things up a notch with jet-skiing and kitesurfing. Sidi Mahres is the ideal spot for a bit of sailing if you’ve got a penchant for the water.
Those looking for a romantic getaway in Djerba should head to the nearby Houmt Souk. Located nearby, this bustling market is a must-visit for shopaholics looking for things to do in Djerba. Colourful stalls selling everything from locally-made tagine pots, leather crafts and delicate jewellery are dotted around the area, giving you the perfect opportunity to nab those last-minute souvenirs! If it’s relaxation you’re after, climb aboard a boat and set sail for some island-hopping – you’ll leave Djerba behind with a leisurely trip on the Mediterranean.
Referenced in Homer’s Odyssey, it’s no surprise that Djerba is considered a cultural hotspot. Immerse yourself in the spirit of this vibrant destination with a visit to its souks, or take time to linger over a mint tea in a street-side café. Visit magnificent historical buildings, charming cathedrals and museums – there are many attractions in Djerba for history buffs. Keen art fans should include Djerbahood in their travel plans. Established last year by a group of artists, this vibrant street mural is well worth a visit, especially for seasoned photographers.
Recharge and Relax
If you’re not sun-bathing on Sidi Mahres beach, there are many things to do in Djerba that promote peace and tranquillity. A memorable trip to take on your Tunisian getaway is to nearby Ras Rmel, or Flamingo Island. Nature lovers will enjoy catching a glimpse of these enchanting birds in a natural habitat, while the boat ride to get to the island is relaxing in itself. Afterwards, indulge in delicious Tunisian cuisine at the harbour before lingering over drinks and watching the sun set.