10 things to see in Djerba, Tunisia

Sights of Djerba – we organize your leisure time on vacation

The island of Djerba does not have a large number of attractions, but there are some interesting places here. They cannot be called unique and outstanding – rather, they are objects that are worth visiting to brighten up your stay on the island, if you are too lazy to take an excursion outside of it.

Attractions are scattered throughout the island. You can get to each one by “louages” (shuttle buses), cabs or rented vehicles.

Cabs and transfers are easy to book at Kiwitaxi.ru, an online system for finding a cab and booking individual transfers. Of the pluses:

  • fixed price
  • meeting with a nameplate
  • 24×7 support

All places of interest in Djerba with photos, descriptions and comments

Houmt-Souk

A small cute town which is the capital of the island. Built with snow-white cottages, with bright blue doors, shutters and casings. All the buildings are in this color scheme. Its cramped shopping streets make for cute instagram shots.

There are hundreds of stores, boutiques, and artisan shops. At every step are equipped with summer cafes. If you want to swim you can visit the local beaches, or marina, which offers boat tours. Near the marina is a promenade with fish restaurants. There is also a bus station, which can take you to all the following places for 5-10 dinars.

  • Coordinates on the map: 33.876739, 10.856085

Ghazi Mustapha Tower

Powerful Berber fortress, built at the end of the 13th century on the site of the Byzantine fort in Khumt Souk. For three hundred years it defended the island from the raids of the Spanish and Italian fleets. In 1560, the Spaniards attempted to storm it. Subsequently, from the skulls of the attackers formed a multimeter pyramid, which strengthened the morale of the garrison and frightened the enemies, until 1848. Then a monument was erected in its place.

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The fortress has a polygonal shape. Its thick and high walls were surrounded by a moat around the perimeter. Inside there are several outbuildings. One of them is a museum of ceramics.

  • Opening hours : from 8:00 to 19:00.
  • Entrance fee : 5 dinars
  • Map coordinates : 33.884108, 10.860586

Synagogue de la Ghriba

The Synagogue de la Ghriba is a world famous monument about 2600 years old. It was built in about the 8th century BC by refugees from Israel, which at that time was invaded by Babylon and later sacked and burned. According to legend, the foundation stones of the First Temple of Jerusalem, which was destroyed by the Babylonians, were used as the foundation stones of the building.

One of the oldest synagogues in the world has the form of a rectangle. Inside it is divided into three large rooms decorated with blue tiles and drawings of blue smalt. It is worth noting that only the load-bearing walls of the original antique building remain, and everything else was reconstructed during the 1920s reconstruction.

Interesting! The name of the temple refers to the legend of the girl Griba, who was supposed to perish in the flames of fire, but came out of it unscathed by fire. It was decided to erect a temple on the site of the divine miracle.

Rules of Attendance:

  • It is forbidden to enter with uncovered head. A kippah or headscarf can be obtained at the entrance;
  • Closed clothing must be worn before visiting. No exposed legs, shoulders or abdomen;
  • No photographs may be taken of those praying.

HINT! One of the authors of the Talmud is buried in the synagogue. It is also home to one of the oldest scrolls of the Torah.

  • Coordinates on the map: 33.814124, 10.859380

Jewish Settlements

A large number of Jews live on Djerba and have built several settlements, such as Ara Kebira, Riad and Ara Segira. These settlements are over 2000 years old. There are two versions of how the Jewish population got there: after the fall of the Jerusalem kingdom in the 7th century BC or after the suppression of the Jewish uprising by the Romans in 70 AD when the ancient city was again destroyed and plundered.

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Most of the local diaspora lives in Ara Kebir . There are kosher Jewish restaurants, a synagogue, and jewelry shops that make jewelry with precious metals in the ancient Jewish style.

  • Coordinates on the map: 33.864307, 10.868263

Roman road

This is the name of the artificial dam that connects the island to the mainland. It was laid by Roman builders, who sank ships tied into the bridge, and then filled them with rocks and soil. There was once a paved road, but now there is an asphalt road on top of it.

It is not a very interesting place, but it often appears in the program of sightseeing tours of the island.

  • Coordinates on the map (enter from the Djerba side) : 33.680073, 10.915749

Castle Ruins

Ruins of medieval Arabian outpost, located at the end of the promontory, east of the dam and the town of Al Kantara.

  • The coordinates on the map are: 33.683673, 10.973997

The village of Ajim is a Star Wars location.

This tiny fishing village suddenly became world famous after the release of the fourth part of “Star Wars: A New Hope. Some of the sets of the planet Tatooine were filmed here: the Obe-Van cabin, the smugglers’ bar and the Mos Eisley spaceport.

You can also buy fresh seafood and real sea sponge, eat baked octopus or oysters in the village.

  • Coordinates on the map: 33.732495, 10.760948

Musee de Guellala

It contains exhibits that successively reveal all the historical stages of development of the Tunisian people. You can see pottery and kitchenware, household items and furniture, national costumes, works of art and musical instruments. There are also numerous photographs and drawings of domestic scenes.

  • Working Hours : 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Entrance fee : 3 dinars.
  • Map coordinates : 33.732805, 10.865718

Lalla Hadria Museum

A small museum exhibiting mainly folk costumes, handicrafts and jewelry, as well as some other ethnographic objects. Unlike Guelala Museum, Lalla Hadria only covers the Islamic historical period.

  • Opening hours : 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.
  • Coordinates on the map : 33.819931, 11.045063
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Djerba Explore Ethnopark Entertainment

This historical and entertainment complex is divided into three areas, which can be visited after the purchase of a single admission ticket:

  • Lalla Hadria Local History Museum;
  • Djerba Explore Ethnopark. On its territory there are traditional earthen houses of medieval islanders, with authentic furnishings of those years. In the yards of this mini-settlement you can see a well with a live pump in the form of a draught camel, as well as farming utensils and pottery workshops;
  • crocodile farm. It is one of the largest crocodile farms in North Africa. There are about 500 animals that you can feed, photograph and hold in your arms. There is a pond with small crocodiles and an egg incubator.

Also in the area there is an ethno-cafe and souvenir stores.

  • Opening hours: from 9:00 to 20:00.
  • Entrance fee: 12 dinars.
  • Map coordinates: 33.818934, 11.043501

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