Djerba is an island in Tunisia and the largest island in North Africa, covering 514 square kilometers in the Gulf of Gabes off the coast of Tunisia. The island enjoys a mild climate, endless shallow beaches, and a warm sea with almost no waves. The landscape is characterized by green palm trees, beige sandy soil, and white traditional low-rise houses dominated by domes and rounded cubic shapes.
All of this creates an atmosphere of peculiar stillness, enchanting silence, and unnatural tranquility. It is not without reason that this largest Tunisian island claims to be the mythical island of the Lotus-Eaters.
Those who visit the island and decide to explore beyond the gardens or hotel beaches will discover interesting historical sites. In recognition of the long and unique history of the Jewish minority on Djerba, Tunisia has applied for the island to be protected by UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The idyllic charm of the island lies just five kilometers off the southern coast of Tunisia, and its sandy beaches and perfect Mediterranean climate have made it a favorite destination for tourists seeking a beach holiday in the winter. Many resorts are tailored to this audience, but Djerba also offers other attractions for those who want to immerse themselves in the culture, such as timeless villages and picturesque landscapes.
Djerba is also an excellent base for exploring other popular attractions in southern Tunisia on day trips.
In the southern part of the island, you can find small ruins of Meninx, a settlement founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, which also flourished during Roman times. The rampart connecting the island to the mainland testifies to the prosperity of its inhabitants at the time and facilitated trade contacts with the African continent. Thanks to this, you can also visit the Oasis of Zarzis, less visited but known for its thalassotherapy facilities that harness the beneficial properties of the sea's gifts, such as salts, algae, and mud.
In the center of Djerba are the villages of Hara Kebira and Hara Sghira, where a small Jewish community still lives, and there are several synagogues. The history of the most famous of them, El Ghriba or "foreigners," dates back to 586 BC. The current building dates from the beginning of the last century, but the Torah stored in the local sanctuary is one of the oldest in the world. Ottoman rule on the island began in 1560 when the Spaniards captured the fortress known as Borj el Ghazi Mustafa, located between the sea's coast and the center of the town of Houmt Souk, the island's administrative capital.
On the northeastern and eastern coasts of Djerba, you will find the most beautiful beaches. A holiday on the island offers you ample opportunities to engage in various sports, such as golf on world-class courses.