Djerba is an island in south Tunisia with beautiful sandy beaches and beautiful, peaceful and silent countryside. One from the best ecological destinations in the World, this island preserves its traditions and its unique architectural theme.
 Get in
No visa is required for Canadian, European Union, US and some other European citizens. A visa on arrival is available for Australians. New Zealanders must obtain a visa prior to arrival.
 By bus
Buses between Tunis' south bus station and Houmt Souk's centre ville in Djerba cost 26.750 dinars and take about 8 hours. The fare includes the ferry ride to the island. Night rides are common and fairly comfortable.
 By plane
Djerba's only international airport for scheduled and charter flights is Djerba-Zarzis Airport (DJE). Tunisair provides schedule service from the island to some major European cities, there is also domestic service provided by Tunisair's subsidiary, Sevenair, between Djerba and Tunis. A few European charter airlines also fly to the island.
 By train
The train line ends at Gabes, 70 km to the North-West. From there, you must take a bus or lounge to El Jorf and then a ferry to Djerba.
 Get around
Public transportation is limited but taxis are available for reasonable prices; it is possible to hire a bicycle or a motor-bicycle but be careful as most roads are narrow!
[add listing] See
Houmt Souk: museum, colorful markets especially near Place de Algerie, Borj El Kebir and the marina/port to the north, and Habib Bourguiba street (a charming replica of the giant one in Tunis)
Do not miss Guellala, a village where pottery has been made since the times of the ancient Romans and where you may watch a wonderful sunset. There is also a museum.
Fadhloun mosque on the Houmt Souk-Midoun road
La Ghriba synagogue in Erriadh village
Djerba Explore: hosts the biggest Mediterranean Crocodile Farm (over 400 creatures imported from the Nile River since 1992) and the impressive Lalla Hadhria Museum, as well as an interesting interactive traditional village in the back. 12 dinars per person includes entrance to all three sections.
Ras Rmel: Called the Flamingo or Pirates island is a peninsula where you can enjoy the virginity of nature. Flamingoes are present during October to ??. Ship cruises costing 20 dinars per person for walk-ons (and about 40-45 dinars per person for the hotel groups) are available at the Houmt Souk marina/port. The crews are energetic, passionate, and fun; the buffet lunch on the peninsula is wonderful, and the atmosphere of the day is unforgettable. The package runs around 9am to 3:30pm. Even for the most rough and ready traveler/backpacker, this is a cheap way to treat oneself to luxury for once. (for all that was included, I would easily have paid more, and I'm the hitchhiking type.)
[add listing] Do
Enjoy the sandy beaches, visit Ras R'mel peninsula, rent a bicycle and visit the small villages; enjoy a simple and typical architecture, a silent countryside and beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Eat fresh tasty fish; go to the typical fish market. Do not miss a turkish bath. Visit the jewelers and admire bedouin silver jewelry.
A great place to watch beautiful sunsets is at the northwest side of the island is Borj Djillidj before turning left to Ajim. The quiet little port and lighthouse hosts the traditional fishermen who still catch octopus with clay pots and come back against sunset with their wins of the day. A most quiet and serene place sure to inspire.
[add listing] Buy
Textiles, spices, dates, loofahs, traditional clothes, drums and pottery.
[add listing] Eat
Eat fresh grilled fish, couscous with fish and lamb meat, try "brik à l'oeuf", Tunisian sandwich (casse-croute tunisien), lablabi (a chick-peas soup), salade mechouia (mixed grilled vegetables), tastira (mixed fried vegetables). Fricasse ( sandwich bread fried in oil and topped with various toppings). Gelato and pizzas from the souk.
[add listing] Drink
Drink only bottled water, try fresh orange juice, mint tea, turkish coffee, bokha (fig/date local alcohool), celtia (local beer), l'ban (liquid yougurt).
[add listing] Sleep
There are many hotels are available for all kinds of budgets, including of course deluxe hotels.
Auberge de Jeunesse: youth hostel 10 minutes walk from the north fort and 15 minutes from centre ville, in the cool Place de Algerie. 6 dinars per person per night, includes a simple breakfast of bread, butter/jam, and coffee/tea. A charming place to stay.
 Get out
From the bus station of Houmt Souk (gare routière) it is quite easy and cheap to get to the major cities in the mainland.