Djerba holidays

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A beautiful island located just off the southern coast of Tunisia, Djerba is a jewel in the Mediterranean. It’s renowned for its picturesque coast, with white sand beaches fringed with swaying palm trees and clear, warm waters; so idyllic, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere in the Caribbean. Its cities bustle with souks and museums, providing a fascinating insight into the island’s rich heritage, and the hot desert is the place to head to for an exciting adventure beyond the sun loungers. Djerba holidays offer the perfect balance of fun and relaxation, meaning there’s no doubt you’ll want to return again and again.

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For the best beaches, head to the north of the island, where you’ll find powdery white sand lined with lush green palm trees. The water is beautiful here; crystal clear and warm. It’s perfect for paddling among the waves or trying your hand at a thrilling new water sport. Scuba diving excursions are popular here too. Head away from the beaches and experience a change of pace in the desert or in the island’s big cities. Houmt Souk is the island’s capital, where you can experience traditional bazaars and local museums, giving you a taste of the country’s rich heritage. The desert is the pace to head for an exciting adventure, either by 4x4 or buggy, and the exciting Djerba Explore is a great day out for the whole family.

Map of Djerba

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You can expect warm weather all year round, with hot summers and mild winters.

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Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (DJA).

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Beach lovers: The beaches here are spectacular, with beautifully soft sand cascading into warm, crystal clear waters.

Day trippers: Keep yourself busy with trips to the capital city, tours of the desert and days out at Djerba Explore. 

Families: It’s certainly a family-friendly destination, with exciting beaches, desert adventures and plenty of things to keep the kids entertained.

Fast facts for Djerba

Language: The main language spoken is a local Tunisian dialect, which is a mixture of Arabic, French, Italian and Maltese.

Currency: The currency in Djerba is the Tunisian Dinar (TND), which can only be bought in Tunisia.

Local time: The same time as GMT/UK, or one hour ahead, depending on what time of year you visit.

Fly to: Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (DJA).

Flight time from UK: Approx. 3 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at https://www.cometotunisia.co.uk/.

Visa / health: Before your Djerba holiday, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Departure tax: You can pay this at the airport or at your hotel reception. The cost is around 30 TND per person (including infants).

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Getting around Djerba

By taxi: Taxis are the easiest way to get around the island. Licensed ones are bright yellow and can be easily spotted and flagged down. They’re generally a cheap and efficient way to travel.

By bike: The island is fairly flat and is very quiet and scenic, making it ideal to explore on two wheels. Most hotels will provide bikes for hire. 

By buggy: Buggies are one of the most popular ways to get around, so be sure to book yourself on an organised excursion and enjoy a fun tour of the island.

Events in Djerba

Ulysses Festival: In July, Djerba hosts the International Ulysses Festival. The event celebrates the island’s heritage and the Greek hero, Ulysses. As legend has it, Ulysses landed on the island during his voyage, so he holds a lot of significance there. The festival features open-air theatre and dance performances, as well as a dedicated children’s programme to keep the little ones entertained. 

Pottery festival: The town of Guellala is the pottery capital of Djerba, and some say, the whole of Tunisia. In August, a festival aimed at promoting the pottery industry runs for ten days, with a variety of exhibitions and events for you to get involved with.

Djerba weather

Temperature: 13-28 (°C)

The weather in Djerba, Tunisia, is great at any time of year. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s never a bad time to visit. The long summer starts as early as April, bringing with it highs of 34°C and up to 14 hours of sunshine a day; perfect for long days lounging on the beach. Things start to cool down in September, but temperatures are still in the low 20s (°C) during the autumn. For the coolest weather, come in the winter, when the resort is slightly quieter and temperatures average a comfortable 14°C, which is ideal for getting out and exploring. 

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