Places to Visit in Djerba
A Watercolor-worthy Scenery and Sprawling Beaches, Djerba is Traveler’s Dream Come True
With whitewashed domed houses and white sandy beaches, Djerba is a largest island of North Africa. It is one of the few remaining places where Berber language is still spoken. It is kind of resort that sums up island living and perfect Mediterranean climate has made it popular spot for winter break among travelers. There are many resorts to cater with travelers, but Djerba is full of wonderful attractions with watercolor-worthy scenery and villages for those who want to delve into culture. Here’s rundown of places to visit in Djerba:
- Borj el Kebir
Also known as Borj El Ghazi Mustapha, Borj El Kebir is an ancient castle in Djerba. It is one of the most visited sites on the island and is largest and best preserved local castle. Its name comes from Qaid who settled here in 1559, and this qaid extended castle giving it actual architecture. It has rectangular form and has two mausoleums – Sidi Saad and Ghazi Mustapha. Visitors can enjoy fine views across Houmt Souk’s harbor.
- Folk Museum
Housed in 18th century Zaouia of Sidi Zitouni, Folk Museum is little museum with impressive stalactite-designed ceilings. The former prayer hall is given displays of traditional costumes. Located on Avenue Abdel Hamid el Khadi, it is indeed a delight to culture and history enthusiasts. Visitors are treated with priceless exhibits of Djerba’s cultural traditions, its gorgeous ceramics, ancient jewelry and wedding chests. Additionally, there is small room which is devoted to old editions of Qur’an.
Guellala is a famous throughout the country for its pottery, and the main street is lined with ceramic workshops. There are more than 450 local potters living here and makes it well worth visiting place to get feel for ancient craft. The town is surrounded by rich clay deposits, and this activity lasts for various centuries or even millennia. The clay used by potters is extracted from shafts up to 80 m deep, dried for 2 or 3 days and then broken up and mixed with water.
- Houmt Souk Old Town
With quaint maze of alleyways full of whitewashed houses and shops selling colorful ceramics, Houmt Souk’s Old Town area is made for strolling. Visitors can see traditional handicrafts including textiles, jewelry, brass, traditional shoes, leather goods, silverware and hand-painted pottery. There’s small fishing harbor with pastel-colored boats on blue sea. Despite hordes of tourist, it is highly atmospheric with various squares.
- La Ghriba Synagogue
Situated in the Jewish village of Hara Seghira, La Ghriba Synagogue is most prominent reminder of island’s vibrant Jewish community. Built in 1920, this site has history that dates back much further. Its interior has fine paneling and has important and valuable old Torah scrolls. The inner courtyard is surrounded by loggias standing on columns. One story states that holy stone fell on earth here denoting its religious importance.
- Plage Sidi Maharès
Djerba’s most popular beach is Plage Sidi Maharès and is perfect place to relax. It is the oldest resort beach on island and has cafes, restaurants and lots of deck chairs. Its sandy shore extends for 13 KM up to Ras Tourgueness. There is quaintly old-fashioned lighthouse here.
If you want to go for desert experience, Nefta is right place for you. This town is major attraction and has wonderfully preserved old Medina where lanes of houses are lined with brick facades. About 15 KM west of this oasis town, there’s a large dune area where visitors can get taste of desert life. Additionally, visitors can enjoy stunning canyon scenery of Selja Gorge from here.