The isle of Djerba, off Tunisia’s Cape Bon peninsula, blends Islamic sensibilities with a distinctly Mediterranean ambiance. In contrast with the arid mainland, Djerba is filled with flowers, orange groves, olive trees and the square-shaped, whitewashed houses called menzels. Djerba has wonderful beaches, fascinating historical ruins and Houmt-Souk’s charming marketplace but its biggest tourist attraction may be the village of Ajim where exterior scenes in the very first “Star Wars” movie were filmed.
Djerba Tourist Attractions
Borj El-Kebir Citadel
on a promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. He built on the ruins of an old Roman fortress. The fortress was requisitioned by Spain in 1560 when that country invaded parts of North Africa. A few years later, the infamous Barbary Coast pirate Dragut freed Djerba from Spanish domination, massacring the entire Spanish guard who’d tried unsuccessfully to hold Borj el-Kebir citadel. Dragut made a huge pyramid of 500 Spanish skulls on the grounds of Borj el-Kebir. The pyramid was finally dismantled in the mid-19th century but the citadel’s massive walls, square towers and canon are still a grim sight.