LOCATION: approx. 5 km from MIDOUN, approx. 15 km from Houmt Souk – the capital of Djerba (taxi approx. 15 TND); approx. 20 km from Djerba-Zarzis airport; bus stop approx. 15 m from the hotel (approx. 1 TND to the centre).
BEACH: Sidi Bakour - the most beautiful beach in Djerba, public, sandy, approx. 400 m long, approx. 150 m wide, gently shelving beach, approx. 200 m from the hotel, free umbrellas and sunbeds, towels at a guarantee deposit, mattresses payable, beach towels at a guarantee deposit; beach bar (only soft drinks).
HOTEL: four-star, built in 1998, renovated in 2007, 287 rooms, 2 buildings, 2 floors, spacious hall, 24h reception, La Palmeraie restaurant – buffet meals, international and local cuisine, highchairs for children available, La Belle Etoile - à la carte, international cuisine, BBQ/pizza parlour by the pool - à la carte (open: 15.06-30.09); bars: main bar La Goutte D’or in the hall, beach bar (open in the summer season), Mauritanian cafe, kiosk; conference centre for 300 people, garden; extra charges: Internet point, wireless Internet in the reception (approx. 5 TND/30 min), safety deposit box in reception (approx. 5 TND/day), hairdresser, childcare, car rental; credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
ROOM:standard: 2-person (1 or 2 extra beds for children available), approx. 22 m2, well-maintained, air-conditioned (June-September), bathroom (shower, wc; hairdryer), satellite TV, telephone, fridge, safety deposit box; free cot for children up to 2 years old on order before arrival; balcony or terrace (table and chairs), sea-view at a charge.
SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT: swimming pool, sweet water, approx. 750 m², depth 0.7-2.1 m, paddling pool for children, approx. 40 m², depth approx. 0.5 m, umbrellas, sunbeds and mattresses available by the pool free of charge; indoor swimming pool, sweet water; football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, aerobics, exercises; playground for children, mini-club (4-12 y.o.), amphitheatre, disco (free entry, consumption payable), animations for adults and children in Italian and French: fakir, magician shows, snake-charmers, cabaret, dance shows; extra charges: 4 tennis courts (including 2 with floodlights), archery, pool table, horse riding, quads; wellness centre: at a charge: sauna, Turkish bath, massages, needle-bath; 27-hole golf course near the hotel (external offer).
ALL INCLUSIVE: buffet breakfast (6.00-10.00), buffet lunch (12.30-14.30), buffet dinner (18.30-21.30) in the main restaurant La Palmeraie; late breakfast in main bar (10.00-11.00), snacks in main bar (16.00-17.00) and beach bar (11.00-15.00), late snacks in main restaurant (22.00-24.00); soft drinks and local alcoholic drinks: vodka, liqueurs, cocktails, wine, draught beer in selected bars (8.30-24.00); wearing all inclusive bands is required.
Times of serving meals and the functioning of certain hotel infrastructure elements may be subject to minor changes due to the season, weather conditions, Guests' requests or force majeure, which the hotel management will not have an influence on.
Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.
Visas: not required. Passport must be valid a minimum of 3 months.
Flight duration: Warsaw-Djerba - approx. 3.5 h
Local time: GMT (summer), GMT+1 (winter).
Language: Arabic, French, in tourist destinations also English, German and Italian.
Voltage: 220 V, standard sockets. Currency, religion, tips: see p. 51.
Prices in the hotel and restaurants: lunch - approx. 20 TND; bottle of beer - 3-5 TND; bottle of wine - 7-15 TND; coffee - 2-3 TND; bottle of mineral water - 1.5 TND.
Beaches: free; most hotels have their own beaches where usually hotel guests do not have to pay for renting a sunbed and umbrella (in some hotels there is a charge for a sunbed and mattress: 2-5 TND); guests from outside the hotel must expect to pay for an umbrella and sunbed: up to 10 TND.
Departure tax: upon departure it is required to purchase a revenue stamp of a value of 30 TND (approx. 13 EUR), which can be purchased at the airport, it is pasted into the passport and stamped by the Immigration Office.
Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility, that if there are too few participants, a trip may be cancelled.
Djerba is an island of subtlety: mild climate, endless beaches with delicate sand, shallow, warm sea almost completely lacking waves, low-land landscape created by the greenery of palm trees, the beige of the sandy earth and whiteness of low-rise buildings in which domes and round cubical shapes dominate. All this creates an atmosphere of a strange stillness, magical quiet and unnatural peace. It is no wonder that the largest Tunisian island, located just a few kilometres from the south-eastern coast of the country, aspires to the name of the mythical Island of Lotus Eaters.
Among those visiting the island who decide to go beyond the gardens or hotel beaches, will find interesting historical monuments. In the south of the island small Meninx ruins can be found - a settlement established in the 8th century B.C. by Phoenicians, well-prospering also in the Roman times. The wealth of Meninx's inhabitants can be seen through the levy built by them, joining the island with the mainland, making trade contacts with the African continent easier. Thanks to it you can get to Zarzis Oasis - a less frequented and quieter of the louder resorts, it is an ideal place for people looking for peace and quiet in beautiful, well-maintained palm tree gardens. The hotel base Zarzis is famous for its rich thalassotherapy facilities, using the favourable properties of the gifts of the sea such as salts, algae and clay for beautifying and relaxing purposes. In the centre of Djerba there is Hara Kebira and Hara Sghira, where to this day a small Jewish community lives and a few synagogues function. The history of the most famous of them El Ghriba, meaning "the strange", dates back to 586 BC. Although it is true that the current structure dates back to the beginning of the last century, the Torah kept in its sanctuary is one of the oldest in the world.
Turkish reign on the island began in 1560 from the capture by the Spaniards of the fortress known as Bordj el Ghazi Mustafa, located between the coast and the centre of the town Houmt Souk - the administrative capital of the island. On the north-east and east coast of Djerba are the most beautiful beaches currently belonging to the tourist zone of the island. On a more than 20 km-long strip of the coast there are tens of hotels of various standards, from club hotels to luxurious palaces, concealing wonderful thalassotherapy centres within their interiors. Accommodation on the island gives huge opportunities for playing various sports: tennis, bowling, golf, horse riding, diving, parasailing and windsurfing, as well as sand sailing. Hotel animations programmes, folklore shows, discos and the casino will provide for evening entertainment.
Sahara (2 days) -
Day 1: ferry trip from Djerba to the mainland. Passage over the largest salt lake in Tunisia - Chott el Jerid, which shimmers with salt crystals like a casket full of jewels. Arrive in the afternoon in the village of Tozeur - accommodation in 4* hotel. Optionally you can travel around the oasis of Tozeur in coaches (10 TND/person). Dinner. Overnight stay.
Day 2: breakfast. A Jeep expedition to the mountain oases of the Atlas Mountains: Chebika and Tamerza, where scene to the movie "The English Patient" and "In the desert and wilderness" were shot. On the way back to the island visiting Matmata - a place of moon-like landscapes and troglodytes' houses, a visit to a Berber homesteads. Return to Djerba by Roman levy El Kantara. The price includes meals during the trip, drinks payable. Price – approx. 195 TND, children up to 12 years old – 50% discount (includes listed meals); extra charge for 1-person room – 15 TND.
Matmata – Douz – depart from hotel, ferry passage to the town Ajim, then drive towards Tamezret – the mountain Berber village, with a beautiful panorama of the mountains (break for photos). Transfer to Douz, called the gate of Sahara, camel rides among the sandy dunes. Return via the rocky Matmata, where we shall see a model from the film "Star Wars" and underground houses typical for this region inhabited by Berbers. Return by ferry to Djerba at approx. 19.00. All-day trip, lunch included in the price. Price – approx. 95 TND.
Around the island of Djerba depart in the morning; a trip by coach around the most interesting corners of Djerba. Travel to El Kantara, where the Roman levy begins, which connects the island with the continent. Visit in Guellala - a town of potters, visiting the museum and factory of ceramic products. Visiting the oldest synagogue in North Africa - El Ghriba. Travel to Houmt Souk - the capital of the island, seeing the artistic centre and free time. Return to hotel. Half-day trip. Price – approx. 40 TND, children up to 12 years old - 50% discount.
Djerba Explorer - Midoun - afternoon excursion to Midoun, a traditional town, where you can buy many Djerban souvenirs. Free time for shopping. Visiting an old oil mill, where you can watch the traditional method of extracting olive oil. A visit to the largest crocodile farm by the Mediterranean Sea. 3 - 4-hour trip. Price – approx. 40 TND, children up to 12 years old - 50% discount.
Boat trip to Flamingo Island - a boat trip full of fun and joy, pirate-style, to Flamingo Island. Stay on a wonderful, endless sandy beach: time for sunbathing, swimming, fish lunch and participation in animations prepared by the ship's pirate crew. Day trip The price includes lunch, drinks payable. Price – approx. 50 TND, children up to 12 years old - 50% discount.
Tataouine - Chenini – depart from hotel towards Medenine on a road called "Roman", connecting the island with mainland since the antiquity. Exploring Ghorfas - olden fortified granaries. Another attraction is a visit to the city of Tataouine with a traditional market. Visit to the nearby Berber town Chenini, famous for its traditional handicraft. Return towards Medenine via Ghomrassen. A visit to the ancient town Jektiss. Return by ferry to Djerba at approx. 18.00. One-day trip, lunch included in the price (drinks additionally payable). Price – approx. 75 TND.
Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.