Art, Culture and Beach Life

Covering an area of 198 square miles (514 sq. km), Djerba is the largest island of Tunisia and where tradition and modernity are not mutually excluded. It is also where dolce far niente at the beach can be complemented effortlessly with exciting excursions into history and culture.

The name of the island capital Houmt Souk means “market district” in Arabic – and, indeed, the weekly Friday market is one of the main attractions of the town with its roughly 65,000 inhabitants. A visit to the Borj el K’bir castle and fort is a small time-travel back to the Middle Ages.

Quick facts Djerba

Flight time

2:35 h


1668 km

Time difference




A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 0.65

Underground mosque and 400 crocodiles

Djerba‘s sights also include a host of mosques, including Al Katib, which is a reduced imitation of the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul. Al Katib is located near Midoun: framed by date palms and orchards, Djerba’s second-largest town is a pleasant place to visit. One of the rare underground mosques is located near the village of Sedouikech and can be visited.

Djerba Explore Park is situated roughly twelve miles from the airport. The park features boutiques, cafés and restaurants, as well as opportunities for leisure activities. It also houses the Lalla Hadria Museum where a large selection of Islamic art is on display. But the real highlight of the park is the island of crocodiles: encompassing more than 400 of these reptiles, it is the largest crocodile farm in the Mediterranean region.

The right beach to suit every taste

With a substantial number of charming beaches on offer, Djerba is, of course, an attractive beach holiday destination, further enhanced by mild temperatures and almost year-round sunny weather. The more than ten-mile long Sidi-Mahréz is the island’s most well-known beach and ideal for families with young children. Seguia beach near Aghir is a quieter option with few hotels and numerous romantic coves. Other delightful beaches are scattered around the island, including El Qantara in the south and Sidi Jmour in the west. If a break from all the sunbathing sounds appealing, the mainland can easily be reached via the almost five-mile long Roman dam in the south of Djerba.

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