The island of Djerba sits just off the coast of Tunisia and is home to stunning beaches, ornate synagogues, and one of the most renowned traditional markets, or ‘souks’ in Tunisia. A cultural gem, Djerba has many museums and attractions to explore that will give you an insight into the life of this colourful island.
Set in the pretty village of Guellala, the Guellala Museum is a great way to find out about traditional Djerban life and art. Set on top of a hill with incredible views of Djerba, the museum explains the history and traditions of the island, and is also home to a beautiful collection of artwork, ceramics and even some friendly camels! Entrance is just 6 dinar (approximately £2), so it’s an affordable trip.
El Ghriba Synagogue
The beautiful El Ghriba Synagogue is quite a sight with its ornate blue mosaics and incredible architecture. Entrance to the synagogue is just 1 dinar (35p), but remember that both men and women must cover their heads, so bring a scarf along so you don’t miss this beautiful religious treasure.
This area of Djerba, in Erriadh, is a super cool open air museum covered in brightly coloured street art. Painted by artists from all around the world, these incredible murals are a must see for any art lover, and make the perfect spot for some photography.
Houmt Souk Market
No trip to Tunisia is complete without browsing one of the bustling souks. The market at Houmt Souk is a chaotic and colourful mass of stalls selling everything from leather and jewellery to silks and spices. Have a go at haggling for some special souvenirs – it’s the best way to bag yourself a bargain in Tunisia.
Musee du Patrimoine Traditionnel Djerbien
Another great place for finding out about traditional Djerban life, this museum is home to a wonderful collection of traditional costumes and pottery. Entrance is free but if you want to take photos there is a 2 dinar fee (approximately 70p). The crocodile farm is nearby if you want to see some of these incredible creatures up close.
Fort Ghazi Mustapha
These ancient ruins used to be the main fort for Djerba. Overlooking the sea, with incredible views, the ruins are a fascinating activity for adults and kids alike. It costs around 7 dinar (£2.50) to enter the ruins, but the pictures you can capture from the fort’s walls are well worth the price.