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Discover Djerba, the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Flaubert once said that in Djerba "the air is so mild that it prevents you from dying". The temperatures remains above 20°C from April-May until October-November. Spring and autumn are therefore two of the best seasons to travel to Djerba in peace, away from the major tourist influx.

Djerba is a popular seaside destination. Many hotels have been built: they are concentrated along the coastline (the island has no less than 77 miles of beaches), particularly on the east coast. However, the inland is still largely preserved. Fields of olive trees alternate with menzels, these traditional houses are white washed and surrounded by orchards, enclosed by walls. You will pass herds of goats as soon as you leave the main roads, and you may come across one or two camels in the shade of palm trees.

Rural and still largely preserved, Djerba is a place to discover on one of many excursions offered by tour agencies located in hotels. Although the beaches on the island are very pleasant, it would be a shame to only have a seaside holiday. The ideal thing is to alternate a day at the water's edge and a day trip. Depending on your tastes, you may prefer the discovery of crafts (pottery), architecture or landscapes.

To see

The last attraction on the island : the Djerba Explore, located in the tourist area of Midoun, not far from the Taguermess lighthouse. This water park is only home to crocodiles (400 residents of all kinds), in pools shaded by palm trees and banana trees. A colourful spectacle ! Another attraction: The Ghriba synagogue. The interior decorated with painted wood, mosaics and stained glass is quite remarkable.

To do

You can take a horse-drawn carriage tour, a walk along the coast, a trip at sea to the island of flamingos or a fishing trip. The longest trips (1 or 2 days) are also offered by Land Rover to the desert such as to ghorfas of Medenine, Tataouine, Chenini, Matmata, Gabes, Ksar Ghilane, Douz, Nouiel, Zaafran or Tozeur, sometimes with a night in tents.

pros

  • +  The sun and the beaches within a short flight from London. 30679
  • +  The proximity of the airport.
  • +  Numerous sports opportunities.

cons

  • -  The hotels are mainly concentrated along the seaside.
  • -  The destination presents limited sites of cultural interest.

To think about

Whatever you may read in the brochures, you cannot swim in Djerba all year round. The beaches are equipped from mid-March to mid-November and the water sports bases operate from April to October. The many tourists who come to the island in winter usually come for spa or balnéo (less expensive) treatments, relax beside indoor the swimming pools, play golf or go on an excursion to the south.

To avoid

Watch out for the seaweed and jellyfish. The former is left behind on the beach by the tidal currents when the sea is rough, particularly in the spring and autumn. They are harmless enough, but they just don't look very appealing. As for jellyfish, they appear in the summer as soon as the water temperature exceeds 26°C. Depending on the weather, this can be in July and August, but even as early as the end of June and as late as September.

To try

Djerbian couscous. You can find buffets in the major hotels more and more (offered as a speciality or during Tunisian evenings). Try other recipes of the country also such as fingers of Fatma (pastry stuffed with white chicken, potatoes and capers), tajine (omelette with meat and potatoes) or brick (triangle of dough filled with tuna and a half-cooked egg).

To bring back

It is recommendable to buy pottery in Guellala rather than in Houmt Souk as sellers are less insistent. Additionally, you can attend demonstrations in Guellala. Particularly recommendable is Mahmoud Ben Romdhane street, where there are workshops and showrooms. Ask for the secret of 'magic camel', a jar in the shape of a camel, pierced with a hole on each side to let in air but not water.

Weather Djerba

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Djerba . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Djerba so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Djerba , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather July
Overall rating 87/100
  • Temperature indicators 70% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 100% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 96% Sunny / Optimal

    Sunny (over 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 98% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 96% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 84% Comfortable

    Feeling of comfort due to ideal humidity levels.

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