From the beaches of Djerba, dolphins can often be seen swimming through the Mediterranean seas. While the entire east coast of the island is a shimmering 135km stretch of smooth sands, the most popular beach is the 13km long Sidi Mahres. This continuous run of relaxation starts at the Taguermess Lighthouse in the east and continues up the coast to Flamingo Point in the north where you can see the two-legged birds gather in a pink herd every February.
The Zone Touristique is a large beach which is tailor-made for your holiday enjoyment. Quiet waves lap into the shallow shore, making it a perfect paddling spot for kids, while further out there are plenty of water sports for thrill-seekers to experience. Your hotel will likely be facing right out onto the beach and the convenience is heightened thanks to a good number of beach bars and cafes lining the coast.
See the sights
Djerba's surroundings are a mix of history and nature. Dotted around the island are a few museums, both indoor and out, which shed light on the history of the resort and of Tunisia as a whole. Religion is celebrated at the El Ghriba Synagogue while there are sacred mosaics and artworks displayed at the L-Eglise Saint Joseph.
Stare down on phenomenal views of the coastline from the Fort Ghazi Mustapha in Houmt Souk. This old fortress is now a little run down but the sandstone structures provide a stunning viewpoint out to the beach, dunes and ocean. Remember to bring a phrase book with you as the majority of signposts are in French or Arabic.
You can also enjoy fun animal interaction with a horseback ride across the Ranch Adada or feed the animals at the crocodile farm behind the museum at the Krokodilfarm Animalia.
You won't be kept up all night by crazy party animals in Djerba. This muslim community does not flow with alcohol so the alcoholic drinks that are available from shops and bars are often quite pricey.
Because of this, the best place to be entertained on an evening is within the confines of your comfortable hotel. The Zone Touristique is home to the majority of hotels in the east coast so trying out different bars and restaurants in this area will offer the best variation of evening scenery.
Houmt Souk shops
For the best shopping facilities on the island, head north to the Houmt Souk where there is a great selection of restaurants and retail. This region of Djerba is famous for its markets and bazaars that offer plenty of not-quite-genuine designer products.
Enter the food zone
The Zone Touristique will provide familiar dining options but there are plenty of places to find Tunisian treats. The brik à l'oeuf, a toasted sandwich with creamy filling, is delicious at any time of day while Grilled fish or couscous with fish and lamb is a wonderful evening meal.
The Djerba-Zarzis Airport is on the north west corner of the island so travelling to Houmt Souk or to the Zone Touristique on the east coast will take anywhere between 20 and 50 minutes.
From the Houmt Souk bus station, there are some convenient links to mainland Tunisia taking you across via a ferry.
For travel within the island, bus services run throughout but the transfer times can be very long. Taxis are easily available too and run off the metre so are never too pricey.
Best time of year to visit
Average temperatures in Djerba are a mild 13C in January but steadily rise to 28C in August.
Winter months can get slightly wetter than summer but the warm temperatures and marginal visitor numbers should be ideal for spring or autumn holidays.
If you want to join Djerba's biggest party, head out in July and August when the International Ulysse Festival of Djerba is celebrated. Highlights include theatre performances, musicians and dancing as well as plenty of street stalls and entertainment.
Location of Djerba