Djerba Island

Palms on Djerba Island

Travel to Djerba Island – Peaceful and Beautiful Sandy Beaches

Thanks to its miles of unspoilt coastline, warm waters and unchanging Mediterranean climate, Djerba island is possibly the ideal place to discover southern Tunisia and spend an unforgettable summer vacation. This fabulous island tempts visitors with luxury golf courses, desert safaris and the famous festival of Ulysses, as well as outstanding holiday clubs, hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés.

The island is known as the legendary home of the ‘lotus eaters’ and Ulysses himself.

Djerba Island is situated in the south-east of Tunisia on the Gulf of Gabes. Its capital Houmt Souk is located 108 kilometres east of Gabes 513 kilometres south of the capital Tunis.

Djerba Island historical knowledge goes back to the 9th century BC when the Phoenicians established trading ports on what was known in antiquity as the Island of Meninx. The island was called Meninx until the 3rd century AD. Djerba prospered under Roman rule as slaves and other wares brought from the Sahara and central Africa were shipped to Rome. The fall of Rome meant to Djerba the beginning of a long decline. The raids by the vandals in 410 AD were followed by the Byzantines, the Arab conquest in the 7th century, and the devastation wrought by the Beni Hilal nomads in the 11th century. In 1135, Djerba waés captured by the Normans from Sicily from whom it was recovered only 20 years later by the Almohads. In 1284, the island was captured by the Spaniards who were driven out in 1334. In the second half of the 15th century, Djetba enjoyed a further period of prosperity under the Hafsids. Later, Djerba came under Turkish rule and in 1881 under the French.

For attractions, visitors to Djerba Island are spoilt of choice. Among them are the Ghriba Synagogue, the holiest Jewish building in North Africa; Guellala village, famous for its local handmade pottery and its fortress like Mosque that dates back to the 13th century; Er Riadh village with its old testament history (it is a place of pilgrimage for Jewish people worldwide); Borj Jillij, an 18th century fort on the coast where you can watch fishermen setting out with boats piled high with date-palm leaves which they use to make fishing traps or chambers; the varied and fascinating crafts and markets such as Midoun, El May, Er Riadh, and Houmt Souk where travellers can find leather goods, jewellery, and carpets; and the Borj El Kebir fortress, also called Borj Ghazi Mustapha, first built by the king of Sicily, Roger de Luria in 1289.

Splendid in its diversity, Djerba Island offers its visitors a wide range of activities. Tennis, diving, hunting, riding, surfing, sailing, hiking and discovering the numerous sites, cities and museums are year round recreations. Djerba Island is also known for the Ulysse festival that takes place on August.

  • Sail to the island of the pink flamingo, windsurf or tour the island by bicycle.
  • Experience the historic charm of the island in the biblical village of Er Riadh with its winding, cobbled streets and small courtyards full of bougainvillea and cacti.
  • Sunbathe and enjoy water sports in beautiful beaches and sparkling clean seas.

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