Holidays in Djerba
Djerba is a Mediterranean jewel located just off the southern coast of Tunisia. The island is renowned for its picturesque coast, with white sand beaches fringed with palm trees and clear, warm waters. Djerba’s cities bustle with souks and museums providing insight into the island’s fascinating heritage, and the hot desert invites excursions by camel and quad biking through the dunes.
Djerba enjoys warm weather all year round.
Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (DJA).
Visit the north of the island to experience Djerba’s finest beaches, sun-soaked sweeps of powdery sand speckled with palm trees. The ocean is clear and warm, making it ideal for water sports and scuba diving excursions. Beyond the coast, Djerba’s desert invites adventure with tours by 4x4, quad bike or camel. Cities like Houmt Souk, the island’s capital, have a wealth of sightseeing opportunities, traditional bazaars and local museums where you can learn more about Djerba’s culture and customs. The new Djerba Explore is another popular attraction, with its impressive fortress and crocodile farm where you can see the crocs up close.
The mesmerising white sand beaches are the biggest attractions in Djerba, tempting beach lovers to experience the Mediterranean sunshine from the soft, powdery sand that shelves seamlessly in pure, clear waters. The best beaches are in the north of the island, including the picture-postcard Municipal Beach, fringed with swaying palms and dotted with thatched umbrellas and sun beds. The water sports available are fantastic, including water skiing, jet skiing and pedalos. The local diving school provides excursions out in the tropical blue waters, to see the colourful Octopus Reef and explore World War II wreck, Aida.
Djerba’s capital city Houmt Souk is a must-visit for sightseers, with narrow streets and breezy squares bursting with colourful markets, pavement cafes and museums. The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions provides insights into the island’s heritage and mix of cultures, and the city’s traditional souks are the best places in Djerba for picking up unique souvenirs like jewellery, ceramics and artwork. Away from the city, adventures through Djerba’s desert are great experiences. You can choose to take a quad bike or jeep tour before hopping on a camel for a change of pace. You can even take an overnight excursion and sleep under the stars in a Bedouin tent.
If you’re away with kids, they’ll love a day out at Djerba Explore Park, the newest attraction in Djerba. The park consists of the Lalla Hadria Museum, which houses hundreds of pieces of Islamic art, and the Djerba Heritage where you can experience the island’s traditions and customs. The park’s third attraction is the crocodile farm, located within an impressive fortress dotted with palm trees and lagoons, where you can see hundreds of crocodiles, watch them being fed and visit the surprisingly cute baby crocs. If you’re in need of a little peace and quiet, the 18-hole Djerba Golf Course is the finest on the island, with top-class facilities located in beautiful coastal scenery.
Beach lovers: Djerba’s beaches are spectacular, with beautifully soft, fine sand smoothing into clear, warm waters.
Day trippers: Pack in trips to the capital, tours of the desert and days at Djerba Explore.
Families: Djerba is a family-friendly destination with exciting beaches, desert adventures and plenty to keep kids busy.
Language: The main language spoken in Djerba is a local Tunisian dialect (a mixture of Arabic, French, Italian and Maltese).
Currency: The currency used in Djerba is the Tunisian Dinar (TND) which can only be bought in Tunisia.
Local time: Djerba is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (DJA)
Flight time from UK: Approx. 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Djerba tourist information can be found at http://www.cometotunisia.co.uk/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Djerba.
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)
With 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s never a bad time to visit Djerba. The long summer starts as early as April, bringing with it highs of 34 (°C) and up to 14 hours of sunshine a day. Things start to cool down in September, but temperatures are still in the low 20s during the autumn. For the coolest weather, come in the winter, when the resort is slightly quieter and temperatures average a comfortable 14.
By taxi: Taxis are the easiest way to get around in Djerba. Licensed taxis are bright yellow and can be easily spotted and flagged down. They are generally a cheap and efficient way to navigate the island.
By bike: Djerba is generally flat and is a very quiet and scenic island, making it ideal to explore on two wheels. Most hotels will provide bikes for hire.
By bike: Buggies, or quad bikes, are one of the most popular ways to get around the island. Not only a zippy method of transport, buggies are fun to ride and you can even take a guided excursion in one.
Ulysses Festival: In July, Djerba hosts the International Ulysses Festival. The event celebrates the island’s heritage and celebrates the Greek hero, Ulysses, who, as legend has it, landed on Djerba during his voyage. The festival features open-air theatre and dance performances, as well as a children’s programme.
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 10 days, with a variety of exhibitions and events.