My wife bought a hat from a young girl on a stall/shop in Houmt Souk, we were then invited to meet the father. Here we go I thought as we went through the archway, under the belief that she needed to get some change. As we went up the stairs to the workshop I decided that we had fallen for another tourist trap. The father was a nice guy, his third...more
For shopping, the small island capital of Houmt Souk is a delight. With its white buildings, intimate squares, cafe tables shaded by orange trees, and lanes packed with craft and antique shops (don’t miss Ben Ghorbal’s), it has the atmosphere of an Andalusian village.There are also good eating places like the fresh blue-and-white Restaurant de...more
Guide book reckoned the Haroun was the best restaurant in town - its in a nice spot near the port with a ship on the side of it to give it some character. It was a cold evening but th efood arrived nice and hot and interesting selection of local dishes including local seafood.We ate heaps plus recommend local wine for about 60TD for two.nice place...more
I woke very early before we left Houmt Souk to explore some of the things we had missed. One of these places was the Zaouia od Sidi Brahim, now the headquarters of the Association de Sauvegarde de I'Ile de Jerba. There are no definite rules on whether non Muslims can visit Zaouias in Tunisia - it seems to differ from place to place - but as it is...more
Not many Christians live on Jerba nowadays (though I'm sure plenty visit) so it's quite a surprise to see a Church in Houmt Souk. I imagined this building was a legacy of the French colonisation but, in fact, it dates from the 19th Century when Jerba had a significant Christian population, running to several thousands by the end of the century....more
Carthage was one of the most memorable restaurants we went to in Tunisia. Very much a locals place, we were the only non Tunisians here. You won't be served alcohol here but you will get excellent Tunisian food at ridiculously cheap prices. The merguez I had here were the best I've tasted while the waiters were friendly and made us very welcome.more
Finding a restaurant in Houmt Souk is not difficult but finding a good value restaurant with nice food can be more difficult. Plenty of tourists visit Houmt Souk and there are many expensive restaurants. You have to look a little harder to avoid being overcharged. Les Palmiers is a good choice. It's very good value with the most expensive dish...more
20 Reviews and Opinions
Houmt Souk becomes incredibly quiet in the evening. It's in complete constrast to what you see during the day, when the cafes are full and the shops and souvenir sellers seem to be everywhere. After we had eaten at the Carthage restaurant we hoped to find a cafe where we could sit and play cards and have a drink or two. No such luck as almost everywhere was closed. In the end we returned to our hotel and sat out in the courtyard. A glass or wine or a cold beer would have been perfect but it wasn't to be.
Despite (or perhaps because of) it being so quiet in the evenings, Houmt Souk becomes all the more beautiful.
The fixed price shops are a good place to shop if you get tired of the constant attention and hassle from the vendors in the other shops. Prices are relatively high in the fixed shops - you could probably get a better deal by bargaining hard at other shops. However, you can at least browse in peace and you do get an idea of the fair prices.more
Houmt Souk has no shortage of shops. Unfortunately most of the sell the same old souvenirs and it can be a frustrating experience visiting the shops without being subject to hassle and attention from the shopkeepers. As a tourist you'll have to bargain to get a fair price.more
Houmt Souk is full of interesting houses and buildings. From our rooftop terrace at the hotel we had a good view of many of these buildings. The building in the picture, like most homes in Jerba, is whitewashed with bright blue doors and black door handles.