The largest island in North Africa, holidays to Djerba are full of sparkling beaches, idyllic villages and bustling bazaars. Its been known as Tunisia's little paradise for thousands of years, and with history-laden streets and a Hollywood blockbuster setting, you're sure to agree.
Life's a beach
Some of the best beaches in Tunisia can be found in Djerba. The completely transparent water is met with warm white sand and plenty of palm trees offering shade, in fact this island is sometimes called 'Island of the thousand palm trees'.
Djerba's hotels all utilise the coastline and often come with their own private section on the beach, giving you direct access to these superb postcard-worthy shores.
A couple of great public beaches are the 13-kilometre-long Plage Sidi Mahrez, or Plage des 5,000 Ans – Beach of 5,000 Years – both ideal for sun-worshippers wanting to deepen that tan. Djerba enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with long hot summers and mild winters, so a beach day is always a good idea.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
Any big Star Wars fans will know that Djerba was used as a setting for the first Star Wars film, Star Wars: Espisode IV - A New Hope, filmed in 1976.
The town of Ajim is Djerba's main fishing port, but it was also used as the setting for Mos Eisley, a spaceport town on the Star Wars universe's planet of Tatooine. Today you can tour the surrounding areas where they filmed and visit the buildings used as Obi-Wan Kenobi's house and the Mos Eisley Cantina.
The heart of the island
Right in the centre of Djerba lies one of its most beloved places of worship, The Synagogue of el-Ghriba in er-Riadh. It's the oldest synagogue in North Africa and holds what is believed to be the world's oldest Torah.
This ancient Jewish community supposedly dates back to 586 BCE and has been beautifully preserved as an important religious world heritage site. A must-see for anyone visiting the island, The Synagogue of el-Ghriba combines beautiful architecture and a peaceful, inspired ambience.
A visit with the gators
Djerba is home to the largest crocodile farm in the Mediterranean. This tropical zoo is made up of exotic plants, ponds and papyrus trees and holds over 400 crocodiles from the Nile River and Madagascar. Visit during feeding times and you'll be sure to witness a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience. There's also a museum connected to this park where you can learn about Djerba's heritage, and see artefacts that are over 1000 years old.