Guide of Djerba

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Djerba

Djerba is a small island in south Tunisia with white sandy beaches and whitewashed domed houses. In this rocky tableland, 25 km long and 20 meters wide, experts have recognized the island of the lotus eaters as described by Homer in the Odyssey- the place where Ulysses landed and found a happy population, feeding on lotus flowers.

The Djerbian people are culturally distinct from mainland Tunisians and preserve many of their traditions and unique architecture.

The medina in Houmt Souk is recommended to get a glimpse of Tunisian life – from the fishing port to the lively markets, and the beautiful “funduqs” houses (some are hundreds of years old). There is also a special small church and two notable mosques (Mosque of the Turks and Mosque of the Strangers).

Guellala

Guellala , one of the main Tunisian centers for terracotta production, is worth a visit ; here you can see workshops full of amphoras that are exactly the same as those or ancient Greece and Rome .

Production techniques have remained virtually identical to those of two thousand years ago and a day spent here really seems to be a dip into a distant past. Also in Guellala, there’s a fine Museum of Decorative Arts housed in a building where with natural sized mannequins, surroundings and scenes from daily life have been reconstructed. The beautiful location on a hill grants it one of the best views over the island.

The Ghriba Synagogue

Situated in the village of Er Riadh, the synagogue serves as the focal point of Jews in North Africa. It has been a holy place for 1,400 years.

On the outside the monumental entrance in the white façade stands out, but what is most striking is the interior, with white and blue as the dominant colors particularly in the central square hall, clad in very fine , decorated majolica tiles.

Strangely enough, the last column on the eastern side of the interior hall is missing ;it was probably never built in obedience to the precept that the building must never be completed because nothing is perfect except God .The synagogue is he destination of great annual pilgrimage falling on the thirty-third day of the Jewish Easter and bringing together all North Africa’s most devout Jews

Djerbahood

DJERBAHOOD is a place invested by artists from all around the world to transform the village into an open-sky museum. The town of Erriadh in Djerba has hosted the works of around a hundred of artists from thirty different nationalities.

Erriadh, an authentic and traditional town, has become a major place of expression for artists from diverse cultures, a worlwide panorama of Street Art and an essential cultural attraction in Tunisia.

Djerba Explore Park

An attractive place, built as a traditional village .Mixing the different architectures of the island, a legacy of the many people who, like Ulysses, were bewitched by this piece of Mediterranean land. A real meeting place for the islanders and visitors.

Crocodile

This is a surprising vision; in the biggest crocodile farm within the Mediterranean area, 400 crocodiles from the Nil live in an Saharan and African .They laze about in the ponds and in the tropical greenhouse before fighting for food . A real disorientation.

Lalla Hadria Museum

An incredible museum which offers a rich panorama of the Tunisian and Arabo-Islamic world art. An unprecedented collection of more than 1000 pieces, telling 13 centuries of Art and History, divided into 15 rooms with a museography sober and airy.

A pure moment of cultural pleasure!

Famingo Island

A voyage onboard a pirate ship to discover the famous Flamingo Island, a natural heritage of the island of Djerba. You will enjoy a day trip on a pirate boat in the company of the captain and his crew.

The program includes: Animation – Meals – various activities – Fishing – Tunisian dancing initiations.

The roman roadway

Djerba was occupied by the Carthaginians, who linked the island to the mainland with an amazing feat of engineering, the 7 km-long El Kantara elevated road leading to Zarzis, which was destroyed in 1551 by Dragut the pirate and restored in 1953

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