At just over 500 square kilometres, the immediate assumption could be that there is little to do at Djerba Island. However, one should not forget that this is still the largest island of North Africa and is therefore seen as a massive tourist trap. (currently ranked #4 as the world’s fastest growing tourist attraction. source)
To highlight just how many activities that can be done in this area, we’ve pinpointed the ten that showcase the island in its proudest light. So make sure to check these attractions next time you take a trip to Djerba.
Royal Carriage Club Riding School
The fact that this is the only riding school in Djerba says everything you need to know about its reputation. The Royal Carriage Club has absolutely everything you could possibly wish from horses, whether it’s individual lessons or fully scheduled weekly courses. Don’t be fooled into thinking that they just specialise in one area of the sport either; it’s suitable for jump enthusiasts to those that enjoy the dressage elements.
It would be fair to say that a large proportion of Tunisia’s tourism industry derives from its picturesque parks. Krokodilfarm Animalia falls right into this category and while the name might not roll straight off a non-native tongue, one can rightly assume that it does incorporate some ‘farm’ animals. Of course, these creatures aren’t what you find in the UK facilities and one should prepare to set their eyes on hundreds of crocodiles instead. It might sound daunting, and at times it is – but it’s an incredible experience nevertheless.
Traditional Heritage Museum
Following on from the previous suggestion, it only appears wise to discuss the Musee du Patrimoine Traditionnel Djerbien. This is part of the same development as Krokodilfarm Animalia, meaning that both can comfortably be visited in the same day. As one might expect, the experience is a little different though and one can expect to see a thorough history of Djerba and its fine culture.
On the topic of museums, one should also not spurn the opportunity to take a trip to Guellala Museum. It’s a fairly recent addition to Djerba Island, having only been established in 2001, but it contains some of the finest art and pottery you’ll ever cast eyes on. Some have compared it to an Arabic palace and as well as admiring the artwork; it will also help you understand a little more about the local history.
Djerba Explore Park
It’s another wildlife centre, and it’s also another one that focusses heavily on crocodiles. However, unlike Krokodilfarm Animalia, there are other animals on show meaning that little ones should be kept entertained throughout the day. There is also a museum and coffee shop, while if you can time your trip to the crocodile section for 5pm you should catch the feeding period.
Quad Evasion & Passion
As the name suggests, this next attraction is all about quad bikes. This is something that is a huge tourist trap in Tunisia, although Quad Evasion et Passion is arguably one of the best facilities. During a two hour trek, you will ride along the sea and across sand dunes – admiring the wonders that the island has to offer.
Blue Dolphin Dive Center Djerba
Once again, the game is in the name with this next recommendation. For anyone that likes diving, the Blue Dolphin Dive Centre is a must-see attraction. It’s run by some of the nicest people in the vicinity, while the fact that they have two separate facilities means that it’s great no matter which part of the beach you find yourself on. For the English-speaking readers out there, the newest centre at the Aldiana Hotel might be more advisable as the staff are multi-lingual, while we should also mention that all of the equipment is brand new!
El Ghriba Synagogue
For the religious enthusiasts out there, the El Ghriba Synagogue could be another recommendation. The fact that it is the most ancient Jewish establishment in the country will suffice for some, with its heritage coming all the way back in 586 BCE. Many visitors that have frequented the attraction in the past have commented on how moving the experience is, while from another perspective the architecture at El Ghriba Synagogue is out of this world.
This is another religious site and is actually the oldest of its kind in the Maltese community. The interior of this building is again something else and even if you are simply venturing over there to take in the mosaics, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Sentido Djerba Beach
The final suggestion on our list is a beach – although it’s certainly not any old beach. Sentido Djerba Beach is a private facility and offers a combination of the sea and a swimming pool for guests. The views around the area are fascinating and if you are just hitting Djerba Island for the purposes of relaxing, a trip here should certainly be at the top of the itinerary.