Ile de Jerba Travel Guide

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    the old pottery master
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    Borj el Kbir
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    Fadhloun Mosque
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Ile de Jerba Highlights

  • Pro
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     friendly people 

  • Con
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     Intrusive souk vendours 

  • In a nutshell
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     just for a sun bath! 

Ile de Jerba Things to Do

  • Just walk on the beach...

    As the weather was not warm enough for bathing, I have prefered to walk instead.It is amazing how long the beaches are and how relaxed I felt after finishing my 2 hrs tour.

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  • Djerba's small capital - Houmt Souk

    Houmt Souk is the main town of the island of Djerba. There was no city here originally, the marketplace of the island received place here merely. The settlement altogether hardly one and a half kilometres long, but in the knowledge of the diverse history of Djerba , in sights is rich. Most of the residents speak French as fluently as Arabic.More...

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  • Guellala – Village of pottery

    The name Guellala means “strange death,” which came from a legend of killing somebody by a stone. There are said to be some 450 potters in this tiny village, the center for the hand manufacture of exquisite ceramics ("les Dieux de l’Argile"!!!). If you are interested in ceranics, you should visit at least one of their workshops. These are the only...

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Ile de Jerba Restaurants

  • Restaurant Le Maure

    The restaurant Dar Zmen is situated on the main road, in the middle of the Touristic Zone of Djerba. The ambient is in Arabic style and looks very attractive, especially to us Europeans. The terrace of the restaurant is superb and perfect place for a late supper. Well, I have certain predjudice towards hygienical habbits of this people, perhaps it...

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  • Best place to discuss with the locals

    Being for few hours in a restaurant with some friends, you shouldn't expect many impressions from me.Even the name of the place is a mystery for me but I put this on the difficult pronunciation :)It could be probably interesting for you that you'll always find somebody there to speak with, especially if you'll pay for drinks :) Beer :)

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  • Food of the Sun

    Tunisia has the spiciest food among the North African countries. It offers the “food of the sun” or the “sun cuisine”, based mainly on olive oil, spices, a variety of vegetables such as cucumbers, eggplants, lettuce, tomato, green pepper, green beans, zucchini and parsley, a wide range of meat of lamb and beef and in certain areas that of the...

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Ile de Jerba Nightlife

  • Houmt Souk sucks

    There is not much of amusement in Houmt Souk. I haven't seen any nightclub or dicoteque inside the town. There are no local women or girls sitting in the cafe-bars, it is exclusively men's zone. Must be disconfort being young female tourist who is sitting in the local bar because locals are openly and permanently staring at her.

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  • Folk nights at Midoun

    I was lucky when visiting Midoun, small place in the middle of the island. There was performance in the local open air theatre, presenting the traditional Djerba wedding ceremony. It was very exciting and colourful supporting by the Tunisian music which is rich of rhytm. More about in my traveloque.

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  • Concert nights

    There is a cocert hall in Houmt Souk, build in the shape of old Greek/Roman theatres. It is situated on the seashore, right next to the fortress of Borj el Kbir. When I passd by, last night, there was a concert and it was overcrowded by the locals, many of them standing outside the arena and listening the music. It is where most popular local and...

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Ile de Jerba Transportation

  • International airport

    Djerba has an international airport earlier called Djerba-Mellita, since 1992 Djerba-Zarzis. The new terminal building with a yearly capacity of 4 million passengers, has been put into operation in 2006.The airport is situated in the North-West of the Island in a nearly desert like area with a few palm trees. The first impression is certainly not...

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  • Tourist Train

    Our hotel was located 400 meters away from the beach. The hotel management offered the guests the opportunity to take the tourist train to the beach. While we waited for the train we could walk the route 10 times up and down. So forget the train when you are able to walk the route yourself.

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  • Camel

    Near hotels, on the beaches, you can say everywhere in the “zone touristique” you can arrange a camel trip. Be sure you agree a price before you hop on the back of the camel, otherwise you shall have to bargain very hard for a reasonable price. Never pay more than 10 dinars, although I think this still is overpriced.

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Ile de Jerba Shopping

  • Pottery making

    The pots are made on wooden potters wheel, which is an old traditional way still much in use in Guellala. It was amazing to observe how easily and skillfully this old artisan is shaping peace of clay, which in an instant he transformed in the form of plate. The whole process lasted no longer than ten minutes.The final stage in the process was...

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  • Underground craftman

    I cannot even guess how old this man is but he is probably over 70 years of age and yet, very vital and in good mental state. No need to mention that he was very funny, winking to us and joking all the time. He was moving very fast and we had problems to follow his steps. Too bad I couldn't understand his speech because this amazing experience...

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  • Undergroud pottery

    The workshop is very large and built underground for insulation. It has several large halls with arcades and looking spectacular to me. The old man has its own deep shaft for mining the clay out of it. The clay is mixed with water which gives it a characteristic red color, by adding salt water the color of clay turns white.The funniest thing was...

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Ile de Jerba Local Customs

  • Djerba Explore Park

    Djerba Explore Park is exposing several type of houses, which are typical constructions for the inhabitants of island of Djerba. These are mainly bungalows of various sizes, which of course depends on the number of household members and their financial status.The two things are very characteristic, front doors adorned even at the slums houses and...

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  • Local closhards

    Djerba is pretty well organized giving the general impression that the standard of living on the island is at a higher level than the rest of Tunisia. The street beggars are a rarity and local bums almost invisible. Although the consumption of alcohol in public is allowed, most of the locals do not consume it. During my two visits of Tunisia I have...

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  • Sheesha

    Hookah, narghile, shisha, or sheesha as it is called in Tunisia, is a waterpipe, single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco called shisha. Hookah can be used to produce smoke by burning the shisha or used to create water vapor by melting it at a lower temperature. In Tunisia people smoke waterpipe as a part of...

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Ile de Jerba Warnings and Dangers

  • Oil black market

    Along the main road, which leads to Djerba, every so often can be observed points on which there is a pile of plastic canisters and metal casks. Local driver, who drove us on a trip into the interior of the country, explained that these were points for illegal sale of Libyan gasoline. As he said, the price of gasoline in Libya is incredible low,...

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  • Safe

    Many resorts in the “zone touristique” offer you the opportunity to rent a safe. You can store your valuables and money in there during your stay. Not that you can’t trust the hotel staff, but you’ll never know.

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  • Don't buy wildlife or wildlife products

    I think you can buy wildlife products all over Djerba, but I can only speak for Midoun.Tortoises, scorpions, birds, snakes and so on are for sale in many souvenir shops. Remember it is NOT OK and most of time illegal to buy them as a souvenir. Check-out CITES You will need certificates en follow international standards before buying them.

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Ile de Jerba Tourist Traps

  • Watch your steps - when camel have needs

    When camel have needs she will do it right away, without any warnings. It could be out on the street, in the courtyard, in the street-yard or wherever she in that moment. When camel stops, all the sudden, and spread her back legs it's a clear sign that she has a need. Do not approach to take a closer look because it could be unpleasant surprise for...

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  • Take care with renting a horse on the...

    I did it and once, and as I've been first time trying to ride a horse, I was expecting to get some help from the "nice" local guide.Instead of this he just help me "climb" on the back of the horse and run away. I have been trying to become a cowboy by self-education, without success :(After 30 minutes, the owner of the horse come back to me and...

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  • Be aware of the tap water

    It is mentioned everywhere that you shouldn't drink the tap water.As a small bottle of water in the minibar is expensive, probably some of the "poor tourists" spending their holiday at the Sofitel Hotel have found the solution to save some money by re-filling the botles with tap water.I have got a plastic botle from the fridge but I haven't checked...

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Ile de Jerba What to Pack

  • Winter in Tunisia

    Most of these deals you can find include hotel and airfare. Remember that your bags will probably be limited to 20 kilos each. Pack light so you can bring home the souveniers for all your friends and colleagues. :) It's not so warm in Tunisia in winter. It's warmer than Europe, but I still required a winter jacket and sometimes even a scarf and...

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  • What to wear in Djerba

    Bring your clothing etc in two bags and split it equally between the two, if one goes missing then at least you won't be stuck with nothing to wear. Round the pool - Topless sunbathing is tolerated but you will get stares from the staff. Otherwise large sarongs/kaftans as cover ups for when going to the bar etc in the hotel. Walking through the...

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  • You sunlovers, don't pack too much

    Bring or buy the local shoes, your bathpack, a hat, sun lotion, after sun cream and your all set :-) Imodium (or some other diarree-stoppping medicine) A good flash: the sun is always present and using a flashlight; the light balance is easy restored.

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Ile de Jerba Off The Beaten Path

  • Medicine in Djerba

    I'he been not so lucky to be sick one day in Djerba.It was 100% because of the tap water. I have got a plastic botle from the fridge but I am sure that it was tapwater inside as I haven't checked if the bottle was sealed... more details on "traps".I've been then to the hospital where I was, unexpectedly surprised by the nurses and medics. And more...

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  • In Guellala: Ali Berbere

    Ali Berbere is an old man who makes pottery and is happy to give you a history (in French) of pottery and the making of olive oil on Djerba. This history he explains of how they made olive oil in former times is especially interesting. He lives in Guellala, a village on the southern end of the island. The town is sort of famous for pottery, in that...

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  • West Coast of Jerba

    The West coast of Jerba is one of the quietest parts of the island. In contrast to the developments on the East coast, there are no tourist hotels, no great beaches and not too much to see on the West side. If peace and solitude are what you crave, then it could be the ideal place to visit.There are 2 sights along the coast road which may be of...

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Ile de Jerba Sports & Outdoors

  • Parasailing in Jerba

    Though the beach at Sidi Mahares is something of a tourist trap, there are plenty of water sports available at fairly reasonable prices. We were almost talked into parasailing by one of the locals. He sat down beside us, introduced himself as Mustafha Couscous (surely he was making this up!), and tried to get us to sign up. For some reason he...

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  • Take care with scooters and quad bikes

    Lots of sports on Djerba - horse riding, camel riding, kite surfing, parascending, water skiiing, scooter and quadbiking. There are a lot of touts around for various sports, check your insurance and theirs before you sign up for anything. Safety standards are not the same as in western europe and you will most likely not be covered by your...

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  • Renting Pedalos at Sidi Mahares

    Not being brave enough to try the parasailing we settled on renting pedalos instead. It cost us 10 D for an hour at the water sports place on the beach at Sidi Mahares. There were plenty of waves in this section of the sea so we ended up getting soaked. Great fun though I'm sorry we didn't try the parasailing instead.

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Ile de Jerba Favorites

  • The landscape

    Djerba is the biggest island of Tunisia, situated in the southern part of the country. It is connected to the mainland by the narrow isthmus, known eversince the Roman times. The local landscape, very plane, looks more like a desert with sand on the ground and lots of palm-trees. The places along the coastline look alike Mediterranean, but with the...

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  • Some useful remarks

    Tunisia is one of the few places in the world where hotels, money changers give in most cases a better exchange rate than the banks. The country is the most sophisticated, relaxed and tolerant state in North Africa. Women travelers are very safe when traveling alone.The best seasons to travel to Djerba are spring or autumn. August is the hottest...

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  • Money

    The dinar was introduced in 1960 and it is subdivided into 1000 millimes. There are 4 banknotes and 8 coins in circulation, although the small ones aren’t that common. 1 EURO = 1.7796434 Dinar1 Dollar = 1.25823204186 Dinar

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An Oasis in the desert - Farm of Crocodiles
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The oldest synagogue on the island of Djerba
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Fatima's Hand
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Fortress in Houmt Souk
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El Ghriba Synagogue
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2 ways on/off the island
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In Guellala: Cultural museum
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Renting an auto
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Bus to Houmt Souk
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Museum de Guellala
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Crossing to the Mainland
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Tunis to Jerba
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