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What You Should Know More About Djerba
· Keep touts at bay.
· Do not entertain the beggars.
· Do not get involved in any type of physical or verbal fight with anyone.
· Make sure you do not book a hotel in a shady area.
· Always check for the reviews before booking a hotel.
· Do not get over friendly with the hotel staff.
· Enquire about the room safe before booking a hotel.
· Do not visit a restaurant that is empty.
· Read about the applicable dress code before making a visit.
· Do not let anyone cheat you. In order to avoid this, you must always acquire the necessary information about a destination that you are traveling to.
· Make sure you are always alert and aware.
· Do not leave your bags and valuables with a stranger.
· Never leave your important documents in the hotel room.
· Always carry with you at least one proof of your identity.
· Make sure you do not wander alone in the night.
· Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public place.
· It is always a good idea to learn some words from the local language of the country. This will help you in interacting with the locals of the country.
· Do not do any form of drugs.
The legal age for drinking in Djerba is 18 years.
Houmt Souk Old Town
With its fanciful labyrinth of alleyways fringed by some newly whitewashed houses or the shops selling colorful ceramic, the Houmt Souk's Old Town is an attraction tourist attraction of the city. Made largely for strolling, it is a great place to show your love for shopping by indulging in local items and handicrafts including traditional shoes, jewelry, leather goods, brassware, ceramics, textiles and silverware. You can also find piles of hand painted pottery that can be bought by those who fancy. The town also has a tiny fishing harbor which is complete with pastel colored boats moving around in the azure sea.
Folk Museum (Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires)
The majestic little museum is housed in the magnificent Zaouia of Sidi Zitouni that has a variety of impressive stalactite designed ceilings from the 18th century. Prayer hall of the museum is now given over and displays an array of colorful traditional costumes. Culture and art lovers should definitely not miss this beautiful sightseeing attraction. It will help you dig deeper in the resort skin of Djerba. Exhibits have well preserved the island’s cultural traditions with traditional wedding chests, ceramics and jewelry on display. There is also a small section in the museum that is dedicated to old editions of the Qur'an.
Bordj el Kabir
Ever since the 13th century, there is a fort towering the Houmt Souk's harbour. The original building was only strengthened in the 15th century however it was later replaced in the 16th century when the corsair Dragut constructed the giant citadel Bordj el Kabir that towered the bay. Ever since then, extensive restoration work is being carried on to preserve this incredible place to see in Djerba. When you take a stroll here, you’ll find fine views across the harbor. Amidst the harbor and the fort, you can also find small obelisk commemorating the pyramid of skulls that were erected here by the notorious Dragut.
You can find a number of well preserved fondouks can be found amidst Houmt Souk's alleyways. These merchant inns combined with the warehouse storage, sleeping quarters and animal stabling for the several merchants who traversed North Africa with an agenda of bringing silk and spices back to Europe. The typical structure usually takes the shape of a couple of rooms, several storeys high that are built around the arcaded courtyard. As of today several of fondouks in Houmt Souk serve as restaurants and hotels.
The beaches are gorgeous and the sea is clear
Love beaches and sea? Djerba is definitely going to keep you thrilled and excited. Water here at almost every beach is crystal clear making it rightly suitable for water sports and adventure activities. Djerba is indeed a beach perfection. It is more like a piece from the Caribbean haven at a stone’s throw. Besides the other fun activities, swimming can be an exciting thing to do here.
The cultural heritage is very interesting
Lella Hadria museum is one of the best places to see here. It will give you a fine introduction to the history of the pristine island. However, if you wish to understand the culture of the city, you must head to the Museum of Art and Traditions. Besides this, the other places to visit include the Djerba Explore which is basically a park that brings forth the culture of a traditional Tunisian village. It has a number of homes and a well which functions great with a camel.
Djerba is multicultural and an example of the peaceful coexistence of different religious groups
Not many know intricate details about Djerba. A Jewish minority has also inhabited the island here. Approximately, 1500 people against a total of 160000 have made this their home. Festivals here are celebrated in full swing and people of different religious faith are co existing without any political or personal wars. If possible, partake in the Lag Ba’omer, here. It is a celebration which takes place post the Jewish Easter on the 33rd day at Ghriba. Ghriba is located in the Hara Sghira and was built in 586 BC. It is the oldest synagogue of Africa. On this festival, Jews from all across Tunisia as well as the other countries gather here for prayers and celebrations. It also sees an old ritual in which women write their names on eggs and pray for marriage and fertility. The eggs are thrown with a hope of having their prayers answered. Men read the prayers. On the other end of the synagogue, in the caravanserai that was built in the 20th century gather for the occasion and eat, chat, play and drink together. Atmosphere here is very festive and relaxed. Attending these festivals is a great thing to do.
There is some amazing street art
When you pass through the oldest villages of Tunisia you’ll come across some magnificent murals. Walls here look like a canvas with the locals painting their heart out.
There are great shopping opportunities
Love shopping? Head to the traditional markets of Djerba and shop the souvenir that you can take with you back home. You can buy ceramics and fantastic cotton fabric here at inexpensive rates. Bargaining is widely practiced here. So, learn the art before you come here to shop. However, make sure you don’t quote a price that seems more like an insult to the local art. Be reasonable and shop well!
The food is delicious
Food of Djerba is not going to disappoint you ever. From delicious fruit juices to freshly prepared salads, grilled tuna, cous cous and seared fish, everything you eat here is freshly prepared using choicest ingredients. Every time, you order a meal here it will be a feast for your taste buds. Not to forget, do try the mint tea here which is out of the world delicious.
There are some fantastic places to stay
Djerba is a renowned tourist attraction. It is packed with a variety of all inclusive resorts, stays and guesthouses. However, the best and the most lavish place of stay are the boutique hotels which are spread across the island. One of the best places to stay is Dar Dhiafa which is a small hotel that comprises of a series of traditional homes. All of these homes are refurbished to retain the authentic Djerba style. They assure absolute comfort to the guests. You can also head to Dar Bibine that brings together a traditional Tunisian home with modern design. It is designed in a manner to assure absolute comfort in a lovely ambience. This indeed is one of the best places to stay in the city.
People are truly lovely
Locals of Djerba are amiable, warm, welcoming and very very friendly. No matter which part of the city you are in, you’ll be welcomed by the locals in the warmest manner possible. They’ll greet you with a smile, a shy curiosity of what really brought you to their homeland and a kind word of appreciation. People of Djerba are fluent in French however, you may find many who speak Italian and English. So, it shouldn’t be very hard for you to communicate with the locals here. Interacting with the locals will make your stay memorable.
There’s cats all over
Love cats? You’ll love Djerba. There are cats and cats, and some more cats just about everywhere. So, when you visit the place, you’ll see cats roaming all around the city. Moreover, the cats here are friendly, so you can even play with them if you like these cute furry beings.
The pace of life is relaxed
People in Djerba just don’t ever seem to be in a rush. People calmly handle their routine business, find time to sit and chat with friends, have a mint tea in the afternoon and unwind at the marine breeze which cools off the island in the late hours of the evening. Pace of life is relaxed which is one important feature of a well spent holiday.