"Djerba - The Enchanted Island" Top 5 Page for this destination Ile de Jerba by novsco61

Ile de Jerba Travel Guide: 234 reviews and 750 photos

I decided to go to Djerba to take a little rest from work and to get more sun warmth.

Djerba or Jerba as Arabs call it is an island in Tunisia.It is situated in the southern part of the country, in the Gulf of Gabes.It is very flat, with no or very little vegetation. Only palms and olive trees.The economy is based upon the production of dates, figs and olives, the production of olive oil, the fishing of sponges, oyster and octopus. Small industries produce pottery, jewellery and clothes. Over recent decades, tourism has grown into the single most important source of revenue for the island.

The main town is Houmt Souk on the nortwest of the island.Jerba is said to have more than 200 mosques, many built in a distinct style, soft walls and corners, whitewashed and with minarets of phallic shapes.
The population today are mainly Sunni Muslims, but there still exists a community of Khariji Muslims around the village of Guellela, a community of Jews in the centre and a community of Christians in Houmt Souq.

There are many villages, but no big towns .The only town is the capital Houmt Souq, while the second town, Midoun, is not so exciting.

  • Last visit to Ile de Jerba: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 20, 2007
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  • Dec 17, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Faraway from standards!Rooms old and ugly not sound proof – so we knew all sexual life guests around us. 7 am we couldn’t sleep because people were passing corridor. Staff consumed food under the tables. Wine was like vinegar with fly’s and cork inside.

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    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Hi Tanja! A very interesting page with lots of information. I love the opening picture. Happy New Year from Finland!

  • Feb 28, 2007 at 6:47 AM

    Avoid the good looking men near the restaurant. they are not with the hotel, but are selling a "family" excursion to Midoun. Haggle a good price, don't buy anything in the boutique they will take you to-prices as 200% more that you get elsewhere.

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    Sep 2, 2006 at 1:14 AM

    Excellent page. I'm off to Tunisia next week. Not sure if we will get as far as here though.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2006 at 3:00 PM

    Wow, Tanja! You created very good page full of helpful tips and decorated with outstanding pictures. Thanks for refreshing my great memories from Jerba :-)

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    Sep 26, 2005 at 12:34 PM

    Very helpful tips. would like to visit Djerba when we go to Tunisia next year.

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    Jul 18, 2005 at 11:47 PM

    Very helpful page Tanja. Djerba is one amoung the destinations, I have in my mind for this autumn.

  • diocletianvs's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2005 at 12:45 PM

    It seems that Tunisia is becoming more and more popular. Very colorful place - great pictures and useful tips.

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    Jun 21, 2005 at 5:56 AM

    Great page!

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    Apr 12, 2005 at 12:38 PM

    Excellent page on Djerba, Tanja. I never heard of a Christian community in Houmt Souk. Djerba is a very nice place but it is better to bathe in hotel swimming pools than in the sea. Or not to bathe : it's a waste of time, when there is so much to do :-)))

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