What is it?
Situated off the coast of Tunisia, Djerba-Zarzis is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean sea. Within easy reach of almost every country in the world (thanks to its great transport links!), Djerba-Zarzis has long been the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean. Jewel is an appropriate title – its sparkling beaches set the perfect scene for its dramatic sunsets – a diamond sparkling in the cool, blue oceans. Read on the find out just what you can see and do, and why Djerba is the tourist hotspot for travels from both near and far.
With historical routes in Greek mythology (think Odysseus and the Lotus Eaters), Djerba-Zarzis has been a hidden paradise for a thousand years. Its history goes back to at least the fourth century BC, and it has been continually occupied since. The close proximity to Italy will probably give you a large clue about which civilisation had power, and influence, over Djerba-Zarzis for a huge amount of time, but the Romans were not the only civilisation to fall in love with Djerba, the Spanish also had their own time on the island, as did the Ottoman empire. These civilisations have all left their mark of Djebra – and the keen amateur archaeologist will find a multitude of sights to entertain and interest them.
The tourist area Djerba-Zarzis has recorded a clear improvement in tourism indicators during the first ten days of July.
Regional Tourism Commissioner in Medenine Ahmed Kalboussi said 28,950 tourists visited the region during this period. They spent 207,306 nights, up 220% compared to the same period last year.
The Russian market leads with 15,341 tourists (68% of visitors), he said, noting that the number of Russian travelers who have visited the area since last March region reached 70,000 with an average of 50 flights per week.
« Nearly 150 thousand Russian tourists are expected until the end of the summer season », said the local tourism commissioner in Medenine.
The same source also welcomes the tourist recovery from traditional markets, including German (20% increase), Algerian, French and Belgian, though there is no direct flight between the Djerba-Zarzis Airport and those in Algeria.
Tourism activity during this period was also characterized by rising domestic tourism indicators and the reopening of 24 hotel units with a capacity of 13,000 beds out of a total of 38 closed.