The Hidden Gems of Djerba, Tunisia

Shebs Alom
8 min readNov 28, 2022

“I fell in love with the island,” the words uttered by the Italian owner of the hotel, Maison Leila, Alessandra Campana. Campana moved to the island more than 25 years ago after falling in love with it. You wouldn’t blame her, either.

For such a small island, Djerba is erupting with cultural richness. It possesses all the Mediterranean’s usual flourishes but mixes in exhilarating North African roots. Its wonderfully intertwined tapestry is most prominent in its people, with the Muslim, Jewish and Berber communities. They all coexist peacefully together on the island as they have done for centuries.

The island has been a popular destination for tourists, but in recent years, it has taken a hit with the country’s political situation and with Covid. However, things are on the amends. Petr Jenč, an archaeologist from the Czech Republic, has been splitting his time back and forth between the island and his home for the last 20 years for work and pleasure. Not many people know the island as he does, and Jenč is here to tell us some of the hidden gems of Djerba.

The pearls of Djerba

Pottery shop in Guellala