Holidays in Djerba
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.
You can expect warm weather all year round, with hot summers and mild winters.
Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (DJA).
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.
If all you’re looking for in your holiday is somewhere you can lay back and enjoy the perfect beach, then you’ve come to the right place. Djerba has some of the best beaches in Tunisia and even gives others in the Mediterranean a run for their money. The north of the island is where you’ll find the most spectacular beaches, such as the picture-postcard Municipal Beach, with its swaying palm trees and its lines of thatched umbrellas. There are loads of great water sports you can try while on the beaches here, everything from wind surfing to hiring a relaxing pedalo. If you’re into diving or want to give it a go for the first time, there are diving schools that can take you out to see the colourful Octopus Reef or to explore the fascinating World War II wreck, Aida.
If you’d like to delve into the Tunisian culture while on holiday in Djerba, then head to the capital city of Houmt Souk to experience all things traditional. It’s a great place to enjoy some sightseeing, with its narrow streets and bustling squares; alive with vibrant markets, interesting museums and inviting pavement cafés. You can learn all about local cultures at the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions or take a wander around the city’s souks to experience the locals’ way of life first-hand. You can pick up unique gifts, ceramics and crafts from them and it’s always fun to haggle a good price. For a truly unforgettable experience, set out on an organised desert adventure. It’s even possible to book on an overnight excursion and spend the night under the stars in an authentic Bedouin tent.
Whether you’re travelling as a couple or with the whole family, there are plenty of activities that people of all ages will love. One of the best days out has to be the exciting Djerba Explore Park, voted one of the top things to do on the whole island, according to TripAdvisor. Inside, you’ve got loads of different and varied areas to explore, including the Lalla Hadria Museum, which is home to a huge selection of Islamic art, and the Djerba Heritage, where you can learn and get involved with a number of different traditions and customs of the island. Alternatively, if you really want to relax and unwind on your holiday, there’s the 18-hole Djerba Golf Course, which is the best on the island and, as well have as having excellent facilities, is set among beautiful coastal scenery.
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.
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 http://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).
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.
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.
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.