“Djerba, the Isle of Forgetfulness, is the largest island of North Africa. Nestles like a gem in the Gulf of Gabes, the island is rich in natural beauty and steeped in history.
Blessed with three hundred days of sun each year and offering over eighty miles of shoreline, Djerba beckons those searching for paradise. Known also as the “land of dreams”, it is believed Nature created Djerba to enchant the imagination of the human soul.
The largest city, its capitol, is Houmt-Souk, meaning ‘market place’. With a population of around sixty thousand, Houmt-Souk delights tourists with intricate streets rich with oriental treasures.
Small cafes further add to the provincial charm. The long stretch of souk is an excellent place to purchase fabrics worn by many of the local women, embroidered wool both striking and colorful. Blankets have been woven here since the time of Hannibal.
Connected to the mainland by a long causeway, Djerba has many tiny towns that beckon exploration. El-May is a colorful market, while Fatou produces beautifully woven baskets and rush mats. In the town of Guellala, exquisite pottery and ceramics have been hand manufactured since the time of King Midas.
Nothing is ostentatious inDjerba. The tiny towns are nestled while maintaining the natural lushness of a flower –saturated oasis. The mosques, of which Djerba boasts over two hundred, are of moderate construction yet full of character. Strikingly white houses, built in traditional menzel (domed) fashion appear like pearls against their cerulean wrought iron trim.
Rich in history, Djerba sits on the ancient Roman city of Gerba. The island is home to more than seven thousand olive trees, some more than three thousand years old.