Last Updated on March 28, 2021
Here you can read our guide on the top best cultural attractions and things to do in Djerba, in Tunisia, just off the coast of North Africa. Djerba benefits from a good climate, an interesting history and stunning architecture. While plenty of tourists flock to this sunny city on a mission for sun, sea and tanning, Djerba has a lot more to offer. Culture vultures take heed, a trip to Djerba will satisfy even the hungriest of you.
Traditional Heritage Museum
This is a must-see for anyone visiting Djerba. The museum is beautifully laid out with plenty of gripping displays that portray the history of Djerba in quite digestible chunks. The museum is situated in the main plaza in Djerba, right in the Krokodilfarm development, so you can comfortably visit one sight and then the other.
You will learn a lot visiting this museum, from the first peoples who settled on these beautiful lands to the modern day hustle and bustle that you see now.
Borj El K’bir Fortress at Houmt Souk
This impressive fort (and castle) and built on the waterfront in 1432. At this moment in history Sultan Abû Fâris `Abd Al `Azîz Al-Mutawakkil ruled Djerba and while some of it crumbled in the sixteenth century, the Ottoman Sultans who later ruled added to its development. The fort is incredibly interesting to visit.
For one, there have been a lot of modern excavations here and most of what was unearthed is on display in the Fort’s rooms. It’s a good idea to climb to the top of the Fort so you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city.
You’ll also get to see the gigantic obelisk in the horizon which marks the site of Borj-er-Rous, otherwise known as the Tower of Skulls – it was built using the bones of Dragut’s (who later reigned) enemies. Sounds grim but looks great!
This is a fairly recent addition to Djerba’s museum quota. Built in 2001, anyone who loves architecture, pottery and fine art will love this museum.
This museum mainly houses locally made crafts so while you go around it, you’ll get a deeper insight into the local history here. It feels quite Arabic inside, which is a nod to Djerba’s history and cultural influences.
El Ghriba Synagogue
This synagogue is famed throughout the Jewish world. It is incredibly old, dating back to 586 BC and is considered the longest standing, and most ancient, of all the Jewish synagogues.
Not just one for religious enthusiasts, seeing inside the synagogue is very moving. There are depictions of Jewish history and important historical references. The architecture, both outside and inside, is also breath-taking.
There is a large Maltese community in Tunisia and in Djerba the influence is especially prevalent. This is a particularly special cathedral because it is the oldest of its kind and it has been very well-kept, inviting keen sight-seers in to come to gaze at the striking collection of mosaics that litter in the inside and outside of the building.