Bring your swimsuit! When you go on your holidays to Djerba you’ll encounter some of the finest beaches in North Africa...
This idyllic beach destination in Tunisia offers the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the sweeping gold and white sands, and the sunny weather associated with popular, European sunshine break destinations. You will just get spicy North African flavours and a hefty slice of culture to boot.
With lovely beaches lapped by warm waters, the scintillating isle of Djerba – North Africa's largest – has been on the tourist radar for our continental neighbours for years. However, Brits are only just cottoning on to the charms of Djerba holidays, despite Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (DJE) being just a three-hour flight from the UK.
Situated off the coast of Tunisia in the Gulf of Gabes, Djerba offers a laidback vibe and myriad chances to unwind. Parasols and palm trees provide shade on the beaches when the sun is high in the sky, and the capital – Houmt Souk – is crammed with shady spots, buzzing market stalls and cool cafés. But there is plenty to see and do during your break if you want a change from chilling out. Film buffs, for example, will love taking a peek at the desert backdrop used in the original Star Wars film in the town of Ajim.
Many visitors pick a base in the tourist area – Zone Touristique – on the lovely north-east coast of the island. Here, you'll find an excellent selection of hotels, plus places to eat, drink and play, with lots of water sports on offer on the beaches. There are cheap hotels available for those on a budget. However, checking in at one of the many fine four- and five-star luxury hotels, some of which offer the option to go all-inclusive, is the best option if you can afford it. For a quieter, more authentic taste of Djerba, it is also worth considering hotels in the smaller beach resorts of the south coast.
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For cheap holidays to Djerba, look at travelling out of season. It’s a little cooler than the height of summer, but still warm...
This is a great year-round destination, although you might find the months of December to February just a touch cool for sunbathing, with average daytime temperatures at a little over 14C. Spring and autumn are warm and dry, while in the summer temperatures peak at just above 30C on average with hardly any rainfall.
As a year-round destination, the island of Djerba is a constant hive of activity...
Djerba TV Festival; April-May: There's a real buzz when this international event arrives on the island. There are a number of English screenings, and some great parties to be enjoyed.
Lag B'Omer Pilgrimage; May: Thousands of Jews make an annual pilgrimage to the El Ghriba Synagogue, near the capital. There are processions around the island, so you can expect hotels to be busier than normal.
Republic Day; July 25: This national day of celebration marks Tunisia gaining its independence from former colonial power France and involves fun public festivities.
Whether you’re looking at all inclusive holidays to Djerba or you plan to do things your own way, you’ll find plenty to experience here...
Relaxing: There are a number of excellent thalassotherapy spas where you can experience the healing powers of the sea.
Romance: It happens every day, but there's still something special about seeing the sun setting. Grab a table near the water, order a glass of something cold and take your partner's hand for a romantic moment at the end of the day.
Active types: Bicycles can be hired in Djerba to explore the island, which is easy to cycle around thanks to a fairly flat terrain and a good network of roads.