What is it?
Situated off the coast of Tunisia, Djerba is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean sea. Within easy reach of almost every country in the world (thanks to its great transport links!), Djerba has long been the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean. Jewel is an appropriate title – its sparkling beaches set the perfect scene for its dramatic sunsets – a diamond sparkling in the cool, blue oceans. Read on the find out just what you can see and do, and why Djerba is the tourist hotspot for travels from both near and far.
With historical routes in Greek mythology (think Odysseus and the Lotus Eaters), Djerba has been a hidden paradise for a thousand years. Its history goes back to at least the fourth century BC, and it has been continually occupied since. The close proximity to Italy will probably give you a large clue about which civilisation had power, and influence, over Djerba for a huge amount of time, but the Romans were not the only civilisation to fall in love with Djerba, the Spanish also had their own time on the island, as did the Ottoman empire. These civilisations have all left their mark of Djebra – and the keen amateur archaeologist will find a multitude of sights to entertain and interest them.
What to do
One of the most interesting cultural activities in Djerba, is the history of pottery, travel out to Guellala and you will find a fascinating history of pottery – a historical village which has been in the pottery business for centuries! Lose yourself in the Houmt Souk – strolling around the little, winding streets is a delight – from silk sellers, to colourful spices, the Souk offers tourists a real insight into Djerba’s day to day life. Of course, the beach is an ever popular activity for tourists, and Djerba will not disappoint!
Where to stay
Your flight to Djerba may have left you a little out of pocket – but never fear! Djerba can offer a range of accommodation options, from hostels to hotels there is something for everyone. The Auberge de Jeunesse offers good quality, but cheap, accommodation as a youth hostel, while the Hasdrubal Thalassa & Spa offers a luxury stay for those who want to enjoy Djerba in style. Make sure you check out the meal options offered – many hotels offer “Western” menus, but do not be afraid to head into some of the cities and villages to check out the local offerings!