Djerba or Lotus land as Homer liked to call it, situated off the southern coast of Tunisia, very similar in beauty and charm to its sisters, the other Greek Islands, but it’s a little less expensive and lot more peaceful.
WHY GO THERE?
When we think of going on an island vacation in the Mediterranean, various islands come to mind but rarely does Djerba, the Tunisian little haven of charming little whitewashed villages like Guellala, Midoun and Houmet Souk, famous with its traditional Souk where souvenir shops are lined side by side bustling with lively colors and friendly faces. This is where you indulge in life’s finer pleasures,
Weathered old town with thin cobbled alleys that speaks of a humble culture, traditional handicraft and carpet shops at every turn, cute Cafes and Restaurants in the Moroccan Style scattered all around the town, Djerba is without doubt the perfect little sanctuary flavored with the mix of Berber and Arabic cultures.
The Island is most known for its gorgeous coast, with no less than 125 Km of sandy flat beaches, some of them hotel attached, so you’ll get the chance to sunbathe while enjoying a fresh Cocktail and an exquisite meal afterwards.
Les Flamants Rose Beach is my personal favorite, at the far end of the Island, a secluded Sapphire blue beach away from the crowded towns.
With an abundance of historical attractions to visit, the island is practically an open museum. Borj el-Kebir the 13th century’ fortress, built by the Romans, but eventually the Ottomans took over it and rebuilt it in their typical architecture style. Sidi Zitoun Mausoleum is also a must see, not far from Houmet Souk village, a classic Islamic monument. El Ghriba synagogue is another religious monument, dating back almost 100 years; it’s a worldwide attraction for Jewish pilgrims and tourists.
WHERE TO EAT?
Guestile a traditional restaurant located in the town of Midoun not far from the market place, it serves couscous and fresh fish to enjoy for lunch.
Ristorante Haroun a fancy romantic restaurant set within a docked Pirate ship, it’s great for a dinner out with your loved one.
If you want to experience Djerbien night out, go to Café Les Arcades, open for 24 hours a day. This is where you’ll find friendly locals enjoying Chicha and playing all sorts of board games all night long.
WHERE TO STAY?
Most tourists stay in the Zone Touristique on the north-east coast, here’s where most hotels and resorts are located, with various choices for every budget.