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MONTEPULCIANO-ITALY-ALSO IN TUSCANY IN A SMALL TOWN BETWEEN VALDICHIANA AND VAL D´ORCIA YOU CAN FIND VINCENT VAN GOGH



Tuscany, a land of artists,Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Brunelleschi and many others who have made history,history of art that millions of people fall in love in every period.The talent of the people of this beautiful region nestled between the hills dotted with vineyards and olive trees,bordered by the Apennines Mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea continues today, wherever you go you can see artists also in a small town of the Siena Hills Montepulciano so famous for its "Vino Nobile"much vaunted in the history. 
and because was filmed the movie "The Twilight Saga ; New Moon" by Chris Weltz.

But Montepulciano also creates mosaics and in particular Van Gogh Mosaics.We are not in Kalverstraat in Prinsengracht or in the Vondel Park where there is the Museum of the great Dutch painter, we are in a small town in Tuscany that is also art one of his trades for a living.When I visited this workshop with original and amazing works of art in mosaic of the famous painter of Zundert and I admired the great quality and talent of these people, of course I did those two gentlemen my compliments.They thanked me and told me: "Do you want to take  here some tourists in Montepulciano? We can show them our entire collection of mosaics of Van Gogh.

Making mosaics is not easy at all, it is an ancient art that was born in Babylon and Assyria and then on particular developed during the Roman Byzantine, Ravenna and later in Venice.Shaping stones,colour them, assemble them, and creating a mosaic is a job only for real artists.

I suggest you go to Montepulciano or if you want I will take you there,you will see authentic pieces of art in
mosaics depicting the great Gogh and you will be amazed.

Francesco Mari




 www.turismo.intoscana.it



TUNIS -TUNISIA-M.I.T,MARCHÉ INTERNATIONAL DU TOURISME MÉDITERRANÉEN -TUNISIA TOURISM FAIR-TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT FAIR,WITH SOME OPINIONS AND SUGGESTIONS


 Today I would like to write something about one of the major Tourism Fairs that is held in the African continent in Tunisia, a country not only to visit only for its coastline,seaside resorts and its category of luxury hotels that have made this country a destination of' importance in the Mediterranean area in the last decades.

The Fair "M.I.T. Marché International du Tourisme Méditerranéen"will be celebrated April next year in April will celebrate and it is the 19th Edition.Firstly I would like to consider that this fair is sponsored by the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the National Association of Hoteliers, the Office of Tourism of the State and also Tuniisair the national airline of this Maghreb country so it is a Travel Show of great importance and very well organised,I participated five times and I saw very interesting things..

The presence of multiple stands covering a wide range of hotels accommodation and incoming services is of the highest level, as well as cultural tourism and beach, this fair gives you the opportunity to create in Tunisia a high-level programming of outgoing also with your Travel Incentives,Golf, Adventure tourism such as 4x4 in the Sahara desert, hunting tourism, organisation of your conferences, conventions and meetings.

The hotels in Tunisia are well prepared to meet your business with an excellent incoming giving your outgoing giving all the quality of hotel excellent both in the capital Tunis and in the seaside resorts of Sousse,Hammamet, Djerba, Monastir, Por el Kantoui, Tabarka, La Marsa, Gammarth and so on.

A suggestion that it is important to participate in this fair, is negotiating with intelligence and style,although Tunisia is one of the most advanced and closest Muslim countries to the western world than others we are in contact with another culture,Tunisian friends are good people but they do not like to waste time, tourism in Tunisia is a great source of wealth for the past 27 years,it is essential to do business in a meeting, people there is very well prepared, many operators have studied in France,others come from the Superior School of Tourism,an Institute very representative,so about organisation and planning of hospitality and incoming services are definitely very good...

If you are planning to go to this fair that is a beautiful view to go for programming,go with a clear mind, if you want to establish a lasting relationship,go with the intention of signing contracts,ask in your contraction to have long booking releases,ask for inspection visits to the facilities and to send you all every three days about the actual situation of the hotels if there were work in progress in this Tunisian Operators are very professional but what they want and desire, I want to hear from You,with your voice, it is a symbol of your interest, also put a clause in your contract,OK IATA and consumer protection associations,bilateral cooperation between the various tourist offices and various government agencies but ..It is.always good the rule .. "clear agreement and long friendship" idem in case of overbooking, negotiated contracts with hotels alternative within maximum of 2 kms, to get the contract alternative options right now in the unlikely event of overbooking and management will be fantastically and booming.Another suggestion ask often offers and  another tip that I would suggest,always ask the advances of the next year, the FIT could change for obvious reasons and put a condition on Corporate and FIT rates on any  possible increment rates, especially in high season with strong request.

MIT gives you a lot of possibilities and opportunities to create great packages, another advice to you after the show stop for a few days in Tunisia if you have the chance, take a city tour of Tunis policy, then if you have time take a city tour "do yourself ", visiting the Medina, Kasbah and the souks of the city, visit some hotels, the beautiful famous Bardo and take a trip to Carthage (I wrote a program recently on Tunis (Tunis Essence of the Maghreb) if you want to know maybe something more.

A good programme is also the Tunisian Sahara 4x4, here take into account possible weather conditions the Ghibli Scirocco winds are taken lightly in this case it is not feasible to hike or organisation of these trips, you acknowledge temperatures can reach the threshold of 50 degrees.For hunting,there are good solutions for what regards to the hunting of thrush, so if you are also interested in this kind of tourism organisation Tunisia is an excellent destination..
MIT is a great tourism fair, great choice, excellent products, next edition will be celebrated between 24th and 27th April 2013, if you go there and you want some more information, do not hesitate to contact me, and if you have the chance, stop for 2-3 days more.

Francesco Mari


Oggi vorrei parlare di una delle fiere piú importanti del continente Africano che si svolge e celebra in Tunisia,un paese da scoprire non solo per le sue coste e per i suoi hotels di categoria e  lusso che hanno fatto di questo paese un destino d´importanza del  turismo nel Mediterraneo.

La Fiera  M.I.T. Marché Méditerranéen International du Tourisme Le Kram-Tunis il prossimo anno ad aprile celebrerá la sua 19ª edizione.Innanzitutto consideriamo che questa fiera é patrocinata dal Ministero del Turismo Tunisino in collaborazione con con la Federazione Alberghiera Nazionale,l´Ufficio del Turismo di Stato ed inoltre Tuniisair la compagnia di bandiera dello stato maghrebino quindi una fiera di grande importanza e davvero ben organizzata.La presenza di molteplici stands che coprono una vasta gamma di turismo ricettivo é di assoluto livello,oltre al turismo culturale e balneare,questa fiera vi da l´opportunitá di creare in Tunisia una programmazione d´outgoing di alto livello,con Viaggi Incentives,Golf,turismo Avventura quali 4x4 nel deserto del Sahara,turismo di caccia,organizzazione dei vostri congressi,conventions e meetings.

Gli hotels in Tunisia sono ben preparati per accogliere e ricevere le vostre attivitá di outgoing dandovi un eccellente incoming.La qualitá alberghiera é  di ottimo livello sia nella capitale Tunisi che nelle localitá marittime-balneari di Sousse,Hammamet,Djerba,Monastir,Por el Kantoui,Tabarka,La Marsa,Gammarth e cosi via.

Un suggerimento che é importante per partecipare a questa fiera, é negoziare con intelligenza e stile,sebbene la Tunisia é uno dei paesi piú all´avanguardia e piú vicina al mondo occidentale di altri. siamo in contatto con un altra cultura,gli amici tunisini sono persone per bene ma non amano perdere tempo,il turismo in Tunisia é una grande fonte di ricchezza da ormai 27 anni,per loro é fondamentale fare business in un meeting,sono persone prepaparate molti operatori hanno studiato e si sono formati in Francia altri sono usciti a pieni voti dalla Scuola Superiore di Tunisi un istituto molto rappresentativo,quindi in fatto di organizazione e pianificazione in ricettivo non sono assolutamente degli sprovveduti,anzi..

Se vi recate a questa Fiera cé un bellissimo evento per scoprire molte realtá per le vostre future  programmazioni,andiateci con le idee chiare,se desiderate instaurare un rapporto duraturo,é un ottima filosofia recarsi con l´intenzione di firmare contratti,le clausole si apportano nel meeting fatevi dare lunghi releases alberghieri,chiedete visite d´ispezione alle strutture e di mandarvi ogni tre giorni la situazione reale degli hotels qualora ci fossero lavori in corso,in questo gli Operatori Tunisini sono molto professionali ma quello che loro vogliono e desiderano,lo vogliono sentire da voi,con la tua voce,é simbolo di tuo interesse,mettetelo anche come clausola nei vostri contratti,

D´accordo IATA ed associazioni di protezione al consumatore, cooperazioni bilaterali fra i vari uffici turistici ed enti statali vari ma...vale sempre la regola .."patti chiari,amicizia lunga"idem in caso di overbooking,negoziate contratti con hotels alternativi nel raggio massimo di 2 kms,fatevi dare nel contratto le opzioni alternative sin da subito in caso malaugurato di overbooking e le gestioni andranno fantasticamente ed a gonfie vele.

M.I.T vi da molte possibilitá ed opportunitá per creare ottimi pacchetti,un altro consiglio che vi posso dare dopo la fiera fermatevi qualche giorno in Tunisia se ne avete la possibilitá.Godetevi un City Tour di Tunisi orientativo,poi se avete tempo fate un city tour "fai da te",visitando la Medina,Kasbah ed i souks della capitale,visitate qualche hotels,il bellissimo famoso Bardo e fate un escursione a Cartagine (ho scritto un programma tempo fa su Tunisi,(Tunisi Essenza del Maghreb) se volete sapere magari qualche cosa di piú.

Una bella programmazione é anche quella del Sahara Tunisino in 4x4,anche qui prendete in considerazione le eventuali condizioni atmosferiche il Ghibli,Scirocco sono venti da prendere con le molle in questo caso non é fattibile l´escursione o l´organizzazione di tali escursioni,prendete atto che le temperature possono raggiungere anche la soglia dei 50 gradi.Per la caccia ci sono ottime soluzioni.La caccia al tordo é molto famosa da quelle parti ,quindi se avete anche turismo di questo tipo l´organizzazione é ottima.

In fatto di contrattazione alberghiera un altro suggerimento che mi permetto.Richiedete sempre le avances del prossimo anno,le FIT potrebbero cambiare per ovvi motivi e mettete una clausola sulle tariffe FIT e Corporate su eventuali aumenti marcati,soprattutto in periodi di alta stagione con forte domanda,confrontate sempre il Mark Up con la statistica prezzo tariffario della stagione precedente.Le clausole servono per questo,un cambio di tariffa non specificato dettagliatamente non ha ragione d´esistere.

M.I.T é un ottimo salone del turismo,grande scelta,ottimi prodotti,la prossima edizione sarátra il 24 ed il 27 Aprile 2013, se ci andate e desiderate alcune ulteriori informazioni,non esitate a contattarmi,e ribadisco se ne avete la possibilitá,fermatevi 2-3 giorni in piú.

Francesco Mari 

FITUR MADRID-SOME SUGGESTIONS AND OPINIONS ABOUT FITUR MADRID -INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR AFTER 16 PARTECIPATIONS

Spain is a country that is very dear to me, I've lived in the Iberian country for 12 years, and this country has given me a lot, professionally ,culturally and in my life I would like to mention FITUR Fair MADRID an event you can not miss if you want to do something of important and transform spain as one of your favourite destinations..FITUR is different from other fairs is not a BIT Milan,a WTM London,MAP Paris of ITB Berlin, has its own identity,its target it is not a real market exchange of business tourism as the others mentioned above or other, but it is a great open door to get into a sitting room and see with your own eyes the quality of the products then you can program over time and develop over the years.

After 16 partecipations of FITUR,I would like to suggest you, you have to start to think that FITUR MADRID is the most important fair in Spain at all,if you lose this event is more difficult later to find solutions in the middle of season if you want to do something really interesting,, then there are the stands of all the "Comunidades",Incoming and Outgoing TT.OO, groups and networks online,giants of the largest hotel Iberian chains Iberian such as Melia, Silken, NH, Hesperia, Barceló, Husa, Iberostar, AC, Catalonia, H10, Eurostars, Riu, Fiesta, Rafael Hoteles, High Tech Hoteles, Guitart, and many other groups including other groups rooted in years Spain as Ritz, Sofitel, Accor, Novotel including groups representing Networks hotels in various cities like Sercotel, Gsm, MA and many others, forgive me all the other groups I've worked with, I know the list is very long.What FITUR MADRID offers you is like a big Gala buffet where you can find everything and more, of course,naturally it is fantastic to know the the quality of the products you have to try, test and taste, FITUR MADRID must be studied before leaving, is a highly professional exhibition with an excellent profile. Your presence will be of aboutand easier in your choices if you go prepared and aware of what is exposed to IFEMA the Madrid Exhibition Center hosting FITUR, if you have experts on your staff is a great advantage because you go and immediately see everything that interests you and more, it is good to organize a detailed planning visit because the products are really a lot and time is never enough, unfortunately.Investigation and research is another advantage can help you a lot,FITUR is a big mine can hide many treasures,if you are good enough yuo can discover many.If you want to establish a very good relationship, a good strategy is to see there the quality on-line in brochures and visual material then a short liaising begins with educationals or fam trips at the  hotels is that which relates to any destination, this strategy gives an excellent boost for your operators booking, take a good Account Manager  or a good Hotel Contractor of good hotels and you'll strides in your programming, in terms of quality, choice, good allotments, permissions and priviliges on releases, contracts and long-lasting.Spain work very well on thar with good contacts and if you know the market you can build a majestic tower and impressive bridges
jumping rivers and sea. Locally, there are communities such as Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias, Basque Country, Extremadura, Murcia,Aragón, to name a few that offer excellent solutions to grow your tourism,now with the low costs there is a wide choice of destination more and more you know, the better, Spain is a country with a large surface area in square kilometers thus is to discover and explorethere are not only Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Andalusia, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and Coasts, there is a tourism that offers a wide range of products for Incentives, Group Travel theme, adventure tourism and sports,in FITUR you will find all that too.Another tip is to always keep that quote Would indeed active contacts are more intense, the better, Spain is a country with great hospitality demand at the level of trade fairs, conferences, events therefore it is always good to know the real situation on a daily basis to analyze situations of your allotments, if you want more apply immediatly offline, it is a good strategy to establish a more intense relationship with the hotels also do a daily customised marketing research custom,discovering with news online,there are some systems and strategies to follow after the FITUR.I call that after FITUR, because as soon as this fair, work for a serious programming Spain must go on, never stopping, FITUR is a great event,a great market finished the event someone for different reasons or because are coming all the other fairs in calendar,thinks about them immediately.FITUR can be a project for yuor ideas,but a project needs actions,working hard and with passion.Spain is always a great destination.It can offer much, much more than what appears and what you do not appear can be infinite.Francesco Mari
La Spagna é un paese che mi é molto caro,ho vissuto nel paese Iberico per 12 anni,e questo paese mi ha dato molto,sia a livello professionale che di vita.Vorrei menzionare FITUR MADRID come una Fiera da non perdere assolutamente.FITUR é diversa da altre fiere per esposizione,indirizzo non é una BIT di Milano,una WTM di Londra,una MAP di Parigi o una ITB di Berlino,ha una sua propria identitá,non é una borsa di turismo come le altre citate precedentemente od altre, ma é una grande porta aperta per entrare in un salotto e vedere con i propri occhi la qualitá dei prodotti che poi si possono programmare nel tempo e sviluppare negli anni.

Partiamo innanzitutto dal presupposto che FITUR MADRID é la piú importante fiera di Spagna in assoluto,quindi sono presenti negli stands tutte le cominutá,operatori delle varie "comunidades",gruppi e networks onlineTT.OO ricettivi ed emissori,colossi delle piú grandi catene alberghiere iberiche quali Melia,,Silken,NH, Hesperia,Barceló,Husa,Iberostar,A.C,Catalonia,H10,Eurostars,Riu,Fiesta,Rafael Hoteles,High Tech Hoteles,Guitart, e tanti altri gruppi ivi compresi altri gruppi ben radicati da anni in Spagna come Ritz,Sofitel,Accor,Novotel ivi compresi Gruppi Networks che rappresentano hotels in varie cittá come Sercotel,Gsm,M.A e tanti altri ancora,mi scusino tutti gli altri gruppi con cui ho lavorato,lo so la lista é molto lunga.

Quello che ci offre FITUR Madrid é come un grande buffet di gala dove puoi trovare di tutto e di piú,naturalmente la qualitá dei prodotti la devi provare,testare e gustare,FITUR MADRID va studiata prima di partire,é una fiera altamente professionale,la tua presenza sará di riguardo e piú facile nelle tue scelte se arrivi preparato ed a conoscenza di quello che é esposto a IFEMA,se hai esperti nel tuo staff  é un gran vantaggio perché ci vai ed immediatamentevedi tutto ció che ti interessa,é bene farsi un programma ben dettagliato sulla tua programmazione di visita perché i prodotti sono davvero moltissimi ed il tempo utile non é mai utile abbastanza,purtroppo.

Se desideri instaurare ottime relazioni,un ottima strategia é quella di tastare la qualitá in loco con materiale visuale poi a breve mantenendo i contatti inizia con educationals o fam trips sia a livello di hotels sia per ció che concerne eventuali destini,questa strategia da un ottimo impulso ai vostri operatori di booking, prendete un commerciale od un contrattore di hotels valido e farete passi da giganti nella vostra programmazione,a livello di qualitá,scelta,buoni allotments,privilegi sui releases,e contratti duraturi nel tempo,in Spagna si lavora molto bene anche su questo con buoni contatti,con persone capaci e valide.

In loco,ci sono comunitá quali Galizia,Cantabria,Asturia,Paesi Baschi,Extremadura,Murcia,Aragón,tanto per citarne alcune che offrono ottime soluzioni per far crescere il tuo turismo.Ora con le low costs c´e una piú ampia scelta di destini e piú conosci,meglio é,questo fa parte del gioco che potremmo considerare vincente.
La Spagna é un paese con una grande superficie in chilometri quadrati quindi é tutta da scoprire ed esplorare non ci sono solo Madrid,Barcelona l´Andalusia,Canarie,Baleari e le Coste,c´e un turismo che offre una svariata gamma di prodotti per Incentives,Viaggi di Gruppo a tema,turismo avventura e sportivo.

Un altro consiglio che vorre citare é mantenere sempre attivi i contatti piú sono intensi,meglio é,la Spagna é un paese ricettivo con molta domanda anche a livello di fiere,congressi,eventi quindi é sempre bene conoscere le situazioni reali di giorno in giorno per analizzare le situazioni dei tuoi allotments,se vuoi di piú richiedi subito offline,é una valida strategia per instaurare un rapporto piú intenso con gli hotels,inoltre fai anche un lavoro di marketing research personalizzato,stai al giorno con novitá,con hotels nuovi che ti possono aprire molte porte e molti varchi.Questo é il dopo FITUR.

Chiamo questo dopo FITUR,perché terminata questa fiera,il lavoro per una seria programmazione Spagna deve continuare,mai fermarsi,FITUR é una grande fiera,un gran mercato,finito l´evento qualcuno per motivi extra o peerché stanno arrivando in calendario tutte le altre fier e si pensa immediatamente alle prossime, é bene darsi solertemente da fare sin da subito e lavorare sodo e con passione,La Spagna é sempre un gran destino puó offrire molto ma molto di piú di ció che appare e ció che non ti appare puó essere infinito e c´e molto da lavorare immediatemente nel POST FITUR.

Francesco Mari

Florence-Italy.Cappuccino art in Florence to start your day in the best way with a creative instinct.

FLORENCE-ITALY - CAPPUCCINO  ART IN FLORENCE TO START YOUR DAY IN THE BEST WAY WITH CREATIVE INSTINCT

A great day start with a good "espresso","doppio espresso","macchiato", or with a cappuccino.The aroma of coffee emanates vitality, energy.. for many people it is also an aphrodisiac .The Neapolitans, for example, have made of the coffee a metroplitan symbol in music with the famous song "Na tazzulella and Café", in the popular traditions to go for a coffee at the "Gambrinus Café", in Via Caracciolo,Posillipo,Mergellina or under the house with friends.

The smell of coffee gives a desire to get one because the coffee is now part of our culture in any context, for breakfast, after lunch, in our breaks, with friends.A coffee-cappuccino art like this in Florence, then, is a great incentive to start your day in the best way, this can be designed as an incentive to give vent to our creativity.The barman who served me when I asked him if he had some secrets to present this kind of cappuccino ot if he was a fan of Pop Art so famous in the last decades in the "Nouvelle Cuisine"or "Avant Garde catering presentation,he simply  replied: "No sir, just isitinct and nothing else.

Francesco Mari

FIRENZE-ITALIA - CAPPUCCINO ART A FIRENZE PER INIZIARE LA TUA GIORNATA NEL MIGLIORE DEI MODI CON ISTINTO CREATIVO

Un ottimo inizio giornata con un buon "espresso", "doppio espresso", "macchiato", o con un "cappuccino" é sovente e spesso una carica per affrontare nel migliore dei modi la nostra giornata.Semplicemente l,'aroma del caffè emana vitalità,da energia,carica e per molte persone il caffé... è anche un afrodisiaco.I Napoletani per esempio hanno fatto del caffé un simbolo metropolitano,nella musica con "Na Tazzulella e Café",nelle tradizioni popolari,ovvero andare per un caffé al "Gambrinus",in Via Caracciolo,Mergellina,Posillipo o sotto casa,il caffé a Napoli é cultura al 100% da difendere e gustare al massimo come un elisir di vita,sovente quasi come una pozione magica.


 Lo "smell" aromatico di caffè da sempre desiderio di prenderne uno,ovunque noi siamo,in ufficio,per strada,in un centro comnmerciale od in ogni esercizio pubblico, perché il caffè è ormai profondamente vincolato alla nostra cultura in ogni contesto,nella prima colazione,dopo pranzo, nelle nostre pause,con amici o leggendo il giornale in un bar.Un caffè cappuccino art arte come questo di Firenze,puó esserè un grande incentivo per iniziare la giornata nel migliore dei modi,dando sfogo alla nostra creativitá ed al nostro istinto artistico.Ho chiesto semplicemete per curiositá al barman che mi ha servito questa piccola "opera d´arte" se aveva qualche segreto o era appassionato di Pop Art da qualche decennio presente nei servizi di catering con cucina creativa o presentazione di prodotti talvolta "naif" ed avanguardisti ..La sua risposta é stata : : "No, signore solo istinto e nient'altro.

Francesco Mari


"AGRITURISMI" IN ITALY-PEACEFUL,ROMANTIC,COSY ACCOMODATION ..SOMETIMES WITH SOME CURIOUS AND TYPICAL LOCAL OBJECTS

www.agriturismi.it

"Agriturismi"in Italy are excellent rural accommodation,often in splendid and relaxing location. Cosy, romantic,to spend holidays or also short breaks.Apart the charm of the structures and beautiful natural environment some of them have curious local and typical objects part of the furnishing details. .Here some photos of an AGRITURISMO in LOMBARDIA


Gli Agriturismi in Italia sono ottime strutture ricettive,in ottima posizione geografica,in localitá tranquille
accoglienti,romantici,caratteristici ed anche con curiosi oggetti locali che fanno da dettagli di contorno.Qui alcune foto di un AGRITURISMO IN LOMBARDIA



Djerba | Sunny Tunisian Holidays in the Island of the 100 Mosques.


Djerba is today,a busy tourist seaside resort and a relevant spot for to spend sunny Tunisian holidays all year in in a corner of Maghreb where never is cold,but that island a very short distance from the mainland is also a place with a rich historic and cultural patrimony,it is not a case,that famous destination is also called the island of the 100 Mosques, for the presence on its not too big territory of that incredible number of Muslim religious buildings.

 Modern and comfortable hotels,splendid golden beaches all in Djerba changed in the last three and more decades when it started to be a trendy destination which every year attracts a multitude of tourists which want to discover the pure and unique charm of one of the tourism queens of North Africa.

Despite many people are particularly oriented to chose Djerba for its enchanting image which appears in TV,magazines,promotional video clips and all the instruments able to describe that land as a destination mainly packed by long stunning sandy beaches under the warm Mediterranean Maghreb sun,we have not to forget the ancient treasure and  its relevant history and past

Narrated by  Homer in its masterpiece Odyssey,when the sailors fleeing by the Sirens reached the island of the Lotus Eaters,(the current Djerba) where the crew of Ulysses tasted the strange fruit of the lotus which made them lose the memory.Ulysses only refrained from eating the dangerous fruit,which could well be a date,and with great effort managed to rescue his men from such arcane amnesia.The locals are so proud claiming the island of Djerba, anchored in the splendid Gulf of Gabes,as the scene of that famous episode narrated by that famed Hellenic Literary figure .

Djerba, is the largest island of Tunisia and it was the since antiquity an important and relevant place of encounter within European and North African civilisations.Thanks all that the Tunisian island gained notoriety and importance in the Mediterranean area and it became one of the trading centres most successful for many centuries.Its beautiful sandy beaches,splendid orchards and ancient villages are some of the jewels of a place which conquered and fascinated travellers,artists and tourists who chose Djerba as a sunny holiday destination or to find inspiration coming back home with unforgettable memories for such marvellous scenery and fascinating places which are of course a delight for every visitor.

The coast of Djerba is absolutely magnificent with its very long sandy beaches which surround the island like a golden crown,and give it a special atmosphere,an indefinable charm,a blend of exotic mysterious place with the desire to discover it in a while.The coastline is characterised by low coasts,extending mainly between Ras and Borj El Kemal Kastil.Today, Djerba is the largest tourist attraction in Tunisia but also rich of historical events which say and show the visitors,the ancient Roman rests discovered,how the island was defended at all costs by the Normans and the Swabians in their long battles against the Saracen pirates and those places in which the Ottoman Empire fought later against the Spanish fleets,all that,visiting its most remote villages scattered along the coastline and in the interior with several Mosques of different size and date of construction.

Although exempt from opulence and ostentation,the religious buildings of Djerba are, for simplicity a fine example of Mediterranean Muslim architectonic concept, pretty sober and far for its austere details by the sumptuous Mosques of the Middle East or the Western Maghreb,showing stylish lines and naked, immaculate Minarets.The island also conserves the old Spanish forts as one in particular called  Borj el Kebir which is the Iberian stronghold erected during the Spanish occupation by the glorious Dynasty of the Kings of Aragon,its picturesque and small Souks and all around the typical Mediterranean smells and flavors.

The several rulers who occupied that land have left important marks in every corner of Djerba, Byzantine mosaics and European houses are perfectly blended with the natural environment of palm trees,golden sandy beaches and an always blue sky form a perfect mixture of details giving that exotic place an image simply fabulous.


Apart the epic narrations by Homer in its magnificent work  the Odyssey,Djerba was visited in several occasions by Greeks and also by other ancient civilisations as the Romans and the island was for long time under rule of the powerful Carthage in the 4th century BC.The Carthaginians occupied the island and named it Meninx,which became soon a centre of relevant prosperity.Its purple,oil and wine were sold in all the most important ports of the Mediterranean with success. 

The island is connected in its southern side to the mainland by a bridge of 7.5 km long and about 10m  wide.Its route covers the former dated the late 3rd century BC, a work by Carthaginians and modified by the Romans who called it Pons Zita later renamed in Arabic El Kantara, who is also the current name of the locality where the pavement way begins and it is overwhelmed by the sea.Largely destroyed in 1551 during the continuous disputes and conflicts between Dragut and the Spanish troops.

Over centuries, a ford called Trik Ejjmaal  which means road of the camels was established near the ruins of an ancient former Roman road,developed in the year in 1951 and improved in 1959.The Romans colonised the island since the 2nd century after the successful campaign against Chartage and the island was for nearly five centuries a hub between Africa and Europe and one of the places most important trade centres between the Maghreb and the Roman Empire. Djerba was transformed a sort of big and ample Emporium,where ivory,gold,silver,spices and all the treasures coming from the countries south of the Sahara, were preserved there before to be sold in important markets such as Rome,Alexandria,Constantinople and Damascus.

Djerba quickly became Christian and it also welcomes a big colony of Jews exiled by the Romans. Several thousands of Jewish groups settled in proximity of the two Haras (districts) called Hara Ghirba and Hara Kebira.The oldest Synagogue in the World was built in the 5th century BC by Jews fleeing from  the destruction of Solomon's temple,some of them escaped in the Maghreb area and Rome and from those places they found refuge in Djerba.

The famous El Ghirba Synagogue was rebuilt in pretty recent time with an imposing square design, dazzlingly white,standing in the middle of olive groves. Once crossed the gate and entering into that impressive reeligious building,the visitor can discover the sumptuous decorations,the relics and priceless as one of the oldest Thora in the World.Each year,on a fixed date, the El Ghriba Synagogue hosts many pilgrims coming to pay tribute to that ancient place of Jewish worship.

 The presence of a Jewish community added to the distinctiveness of the island a culture more.That community reached before the Christian era over 5000 people since a few decades,although it has considerably reduced by emigration.Today that historic community is approximately of  400 people and it is Muslim the main religion presents on the island.

After the Roman Empire fall,Djerba was invaded by the Vandals, retaken by the Roman Byzantines and conquered by the Moorish in 667.The 7th century was another period of golden ages for the island related to the powerful Arab-Muslim Empire,despite that from the 10th century Djerba will know after the arrival of Ibadi, the turmoil of civil wars and after cruel invaders as Barbarossa and Dragut, two of the most famous pirates of the Mediterraneam who made of Djerba,in the  their home port.

The island was also the scene of the struggle between the local Berbers and Arabs Kharidjites Orthodox and it was devastated by Beni Hilal.In the Middle Ages,the Kings of Aragon and Sicily fought against the Moorish for the domain of the land and including for three times the island was under control since the Norman Kingdom of Sicily.

After three centuries of struggle between Sicilian-Norman,Spanish Aragoneses, Spaniards and Ottomans,in 1540, Djerba became a bastion of piracy.In 1551 there was the first battle between the pirate Dragut and Andrea Doria, Admiral of the Marine Republic of Genoa.The pirate manages to unlock his float by piercing the floor of the Roman El Kantara.In 1560,French, Spaniards,Neapolitans and the Knights of Malta in a sort of alliance mount an expedition to put end to the piracy but Dragut, helped by the Ottomans managed to reconquer Djerba.

 The island under Ottoman rule showed a subsequent long period of peace and in the early 19th century, Djerba already had a population of about 40,000 inhabitants and it was pretty cosmopolitan with colonies of Italians,Greeks,Maltese,Turkish and Berbers before the period of the French Protectorate which began in 1881 and ended with the independence of Tunisia on 20th March 1956,since there the island has experienced a growing increasing,mainly as tourist destination.

The location of the island and its welcoming atmosphere make Djerba a a major tourist resort,with a wide number of Hotels and tourist complexes flourished in the past 30 years and mainly developed along over 20 km of coast and with an International Airport which was built to face the pure mass of tourism flows.The official population of Djerba is composed by approximately 120,000 official inhabitants,a detail about the territory is the scarce presence of source of waters and also the wind in particular in winter makes salt culture even more difficult and ,there is a high presence of palms and over 500,000 olive trees.Fishing is another important activity in particular of sponges and other activities are handicrafts,with rugs,tablecloths,carpets,jewelry, pottery, basketry.and trade where the Djerbians monopolise in many cases the trades with the wholesalers of Tunis and well linked to the Southern French markets.

The campaign of Djerba, despite the influx of tourists,remains very calm and miraculously preserved with the Menzel the typical family houses,characterised by white domes and surrounded by orchards and palm trees.Each village has kept its own identity with is local artisans,vendors and a strong families unity.
 In summer, the island is bustling,the sunny beaches of Djerba are a great destination for a multitude of tourists in particular in the last years coming from North European countries.

Houmt Souk with its 30,000 inhabitants,is the main town of Djerba. overlooking the sea,it is characterised by a lively and colourful Souks.The coast is flat and sandy, the water is clear and very gentle slopes,making the beaches safe for families with children.Near Houmt Souk there are Hotels and typical white houses called  adorned with trees,hibiscus,the souks are the traditional markets in which you can meet,several spices and they are also home of tailors and merchants tissues.

The centre of Houmt Souk  is the hub of the market,a place where you can find the best in terms of local crafts, from clothing to jewelry traditional gold and silver finely worked, bags and leather goods, pottery or clay,a very good place to enjoy shopping and do not forget to bargain.Negotiate the price is crucial because it is considered disrespectful not to do that,if the first price asked was for you exorbitant,there is a code to bargain and respect is the letter A such alphabet normatives. In Houmt Souk the Souks are organised by activity types,there are Souks of boilermakers, blacksmiths and goldsmiths which are of the most interesting,furthermore you can also find in the centre,fabrics,beautiful carpets and tourist trinkets in the covered galleries.One of the most famous and picturesque is undoubtedly the Souk Bijoutiers.

In summer Houmt Souk hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists,but it has kept its traditional charm with its whitewashed walls and in no way disposed to modernism offering the visitors by the ceaseless activity of its markets and colorful neighbourhoods,its rich heritage and diversity of its landscapes.The old port of Houmt Souk is also a faithful witness of its past,almost nothing altered,simply there are respect the past some cosy bars facing the the sea and in the morning it is a lively place of a liveely fish market.Worth a visit the fondouks, the vast caravansaries courtyards lined with multi-story buildings designed to receive and accommodate caravans of nomads,the animals rest on the ground floor and people find accomodation on the first floor.

The historic highlight in Houmt Souk are  undoubtedly  Borj el Kebir and the Folk Art Museum.Borj El Kebir is the old fort erected on the harbour dated 15th century,it is 68 m long and 53 m wide,the walls are  about 10 m high and with a thickness ranging from 1.20 to 1.50 m, once equipped with drawbridge and surrounded by a moat.

Literally Borj El Kebir means the great one and it was also called Borj Ghazi Mustapha built by Sultan Abu Fares El Hafsi Hafsid  on the ruins of a Roman fortress to house a former garrison originally dated 1392 which was expanded in 1450.In 1560, following a defeat, Sheikh Messaoud, at the head of the island,gave it to the Viceroy of Sicily,Juan de la Cerda, who did not not keep it long time because the fort was besieged by the corsair Dragut supported by the Ottoman Empire.Borj El Kebir,later it was also called El Fuerte during Spanish rule and it was considerated one of the most important and impenetrable strongholds in Tunisia in medieval times.

 In Bordj el Kebir, 5,000 Spanish soldiers built a pyramid tower with skulls of the enemies on the site of the present Borj Al Rouss the Tower of Skulls and it will be destroyed by the Ottoman Bey.The Kaid Bey Mustapha Ghazi, installed with Dragut on the island a sort of fleet base,completed between 1560 and 1567.The work undertaken by the expedition of Juan de la Cerda, included some rooms and a small Mosque and during excavations in the year 1975 was discovered the original fortress.In one of the rooms, there is an exhibition of the discoveries made during excavations explaining the history of the fortress and also offering a panoramic view from the ramparts where you can see the harbour and a high obelisk located on the west side erected during the French protectorate.

Le musée des arts et traditions populaires de Houmt Souk (The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions) was opened in the late 70s and it is a chronological history of the life,customs and traditions of the locals since the first generations of inhabitants until today,it is a exhibtion which exalts the wealth of the Islam, folk costumes,jewellery made by Jewish craftsmen,Korans and utensils.The museum of traditional heritage of Djerba was reopened after extensive remodelling and expansion in a set comprising,a new building of about 2,000 square metres which incorporated the traditional architecture of the island.

The exhibition is close to the Zaouïa Zitouni, a Muslim sanctuary erected in the 18th century by the governor of the island Ben Ayed.That Zaouïa was dedicated to the Marabout Sidi Zitouni who was reputed a Holy Man able to cure mental illness and it alsohouses the Tomb of Sheikh Abu Baker Ezzitouni,a divine Sunnite master.

Some legends surround some ancient religious building,one known with the name El Koubet Kheiel which translated  means the Dome of the ghost.According to a legend, that Mosque is inhabited by some divine figures,as jinns which only become appear in the evening,which is why the Djerbians are accustomed to leave the Mosque at sunset.Those Jinns according local legends were particularly powerful to call in the Mosque local women,who had the courage after listening a signal to spend a night in the Mosque and allowed to marry one of them and those unions,from there the notorious exceptional beauty of the Djerbians women,considered among the most fascinating in all the Maghreb,for that sacred union with the sublime jinn who donated them an unique beauty.

Another legend embraces  Jemaa El Guellal a 13th century Mosque.A pottery Establishment owner had to take months to build a cart for sale.Along the way,the cart tips over and falls with its pottery,which disperse over tens of metres.The family decide to identify what could be saved and, to his amazement,all the pottery was intact.He delivered his load and then returns the money to the family.Seeing a divine intervention in his adventure, the man decided to build a Mosque on the site of the event.

Jemaa Ettrouk well known as the Mosque of the Turks is another highlight of Houmt Souk and it is visited by Muslims who embraced the Hanafi Maliki rite. Founded in the 16th century by orders of the Bey Ghazi Mustapha,that Mosque is characterised by a splendid Minaret and  its typical Ottoman style unique of its kind on the island.Not far from that building there is Jemaa Echeikh,a Mosque with relevant domes mainly dated 14th century,erected by the Dynasty Smoumni who dominated Djerba from 1289 to 1560,the Mosque was restored several times in different centuries and today it is pretty well preserved.Next to Jemaâ Ettrouk there a small square building,surrounded by wrought iron and topped by a dome.It houses three tombs of people of Houmt Souk honoured to commemorate the thousands of Djerbians died defending the island.

Another  Mosque of the town is Jemaa Sidi Brahim founded in 1674 and originally erected as a Medersa, a Muslim School,opened by orders of the Bey of Tunis,to allow the Sheikh Brahim El Maliki Gemni to disseminate his knowledge and skills through  theological Islam education and intense lessons.The building was enlarged in 1714 by Hussein Bey I,it includes the source of housing for students,a library and a hammam.The architectonic profile it pretty attractive,with a multiple-arched roof and a cupola with green tiles,which relies on marble columns and Corinthian capitals from the ancient Meninx.

In the centre of Houmt Souk,you can also see a Christian religious building a classic Maltese Catholic Church erected in 1848 in the old and former quarter of the old Maltese and Sicilian fondouks,in the centre of Houmt Souk by a priest of the mission of St. Vincent de Paul, assisted by the Bishop Gaetano Maria Ferrara. Dedicated to St. Joseph and part of the Archdiocese of Tunis, it was reconsacred in the year 2006.As symbol of the cosmopolitan and intolerant Djerba,there is also a Greek Orthodox Church dedicated to Saint Nicolas,Patron Saint of fishermen and sailors, founded in 1890 and it is located near the port and the current marina,just behind the Hotel Lotos, one of the oldest in Djerba.

 The Jewish synagogue, El Ghriba located in the village of El Riadh well known as well as Hara Sghira, is located at a short distance of Houmt Souk.It is one of the oldest Synagogues in the world and the largest in North Africa.Externally the building is white with blue doors and windows,the typical Tunisian colours.That famed Jewish religious building was rebuilt in 1920 with an imposing square design,standing in the middle of olive groves and it is the Jewish spiritual centre of the island.

Once crossed the gate of the impressive El Ghriba Synagogue,visitors can discover the sumptuous details, the back room is beautifully decorated in oriental woodwork, tiles,stained glass and painted ceiling and an adjoining inn welcoming the pilgrims.The main highlight is undoubtedly the presence of one of the oldest Thora in the World.Each year,on a fixed date, the El Ghriba Synagogue hosts many pilgrims coming to pay tribute to that ancient place of Jewish worship.

 The presence of a Jewish community added to the distinctiveness of the island a culture more.That community reached before the Christian era over 5000 people.Many Jews came to the island and brought with them some manuscripts of Tables of the Law they would have saved the ruins of the Temple of Jerusalem destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and even some stones of the Temple on whom they could built the sanctuary.Since a few decades,many Jews decided to move to Israel,the community was considerably reduced by emigration and today there is in Djerba approximately  400 people embracing the Jewish Religion and it is Muslim the main religion presents on the land.

 Each year,on a fixed date, the El Ghriba Synagogue hosts many pilgrims coming to pay tribute to that ancient place of Jewish worship,according tourist statistics the Synagogue is visited by pilgrims coming from all around the world and that event carried in a procession out of the synagogue,the Tables of the Act, under a heavy  multicoloured canopy is a very important appointment for the local community.

An ancient Berber village is Mezraya also known as Sidi Mahrez is there where was is installed the Resort of Dar Djerba with over 1,000 rooms which despite that the architecture fits relatively well with  the local environment and landscapes.Mezraya is traditionally a Berber name, although its inhabitants mainly speak Arabic and in minor part Berber today and it is located on the  eastern coast of the island of Djerba.

The village is home to two mosques  Jemaa Medrajen and Jemaa Haouari.The latter was founded by Sheikh Ilyes Haouari who spent all his youth abroad,also known by the name of Sidi Ghraib.The legend of Sallaouta,settled in Mezraya says that who decided to build a Mosque,chose the location and began to dig the foundations.The day after,returning to the site, they saw a pillar to a height of twelve-sided marble no human hand could place it there.They saw that was as a divine sign,added three columns of stone and mortar and built the Mosque called Jemaa Sellaouat.The town is also active in cultural activities and the local Primary School organises a festival entitled The Memory of Mezraya which highlights are the local heritage traditions such as clothing,gastronomy and history.

Guellala is an iconic symbol of Sjerba, a famous pottery village island,called in Berber language Iqellalen which literal translation is potters.The ancient art of the potters of Guellala, masters in that kind of activity started centuries ago and the fame reached all the country and it made that small town so famous all around Tunisia.The first thing impresses every people arriving in Guellala is the large number of objects of all kinds,all made by ceramic and the secret is jealously guarded by the locals passed from father to son son,generation by generation.

You will see there on the main road close to the houses,laboratories,with plates,pots and containers made by different clay.The town is in fact in a very rich of clay which is used to produce a multitude of various objects,an activity of pottery began to store various agricultural products, including grains and dates,but above all to preserve the island's main product : olive oil. Even today, the clay jar is considered the perfect and ideal container to store that liquid and another traditional use is to store clothes,instead of wardrobes that are rarely found in the island of Djerba.

The terracotta of Guellala often is left of its natural colour,reddish or white,while the typical colours used to decorate the artifacts were yellow and green,especially for the tiles.In Guellala there is also an interesting Museum which recreates scenes of traditional life and naturally pottery located in a space of over than 4,000 square metres of exhibition,it offers a series of separate pavilions,each displaying a theme,such as traditions and customs,crafts,myths and legends,traditional music,mosaics or Arabic calligraphy and it receives about 100,000 visitors a year.Opened in the year 2001 according to the roles of the local architecture, it presents the essential and pure culture and traditions of Djerba and Tunisia and furthermore are also exposed wedding customs throughout Tunisia.

Ajim is the main fishing port of Djerba,located on a large rock surface in a corner of the Mediterranean  sea  rich in fish and seafood but in particular grouper,octopus and cuttlefish.Another source is the sponge considered another main source and activity especially in the pit of Ajim.The town is the closest point to the mainland along a channel approximately 2,5 km wide and which it is connected by a ferry.Sometimes local sailors also in bad climatic conditions cross that strait where there is a marine trench approximately 55,0 m deep and there also two small uninhabited islands,Guettaia Gueblia and Guettaia Es Ghira located in that maritime arm.

The town of Ajim is located almost the same latitude as the town of Guellala to which it is connected by a paved road. An important activity of maritime transport of goods was managed in the port of Ajim and until the 1970.It  is recorded that in the year 1961, 1,170 tons of pottery from Guellala were transported by that port.The local inhabitants of Ajim are mainly fishers and farmers,the area is rich in olive groves,fig trees and palms too.A a huge palm area can be admired especially from Dhahret Guellala.In winter,the inhabitants of Ajim are also dedicated as artisan,works and wool both women and men by making traps and fishing especially in the area of Mazrane.

Paved roads connect Ajim and other towns on the island including a new between Ajim and Mellita Airport by Sidi Jmour and Bordj Jelij along the west coast,a corner where you can admire beautiful landscapes with practically virgin coasts.Southeast of the current Ajim,existed a Carthaginian settlement called Tipasa which was which the place where the Romans made an important emporium and enabled them to control the trade route across the Mediterranean,but unfortunately, there are not relevant remains or almost nothing of that ancient place.

Midoun is the second town of the island,pretty attractive for thee presence of some small Mosques very interesting for their white and cubic forms and the central square hosts a colourful market which takes place on Friday.An oil mill three centuries old with a dome topped with a beautiful stone is another attraction of the town which is also famous for its several coastal Hotels and for the Djerba Club Golf situated in a huge area a with a course of 18 holes and another of 9.The largest is more suitable for experienced players,while the small one is ideal for beginners.The two paths wind through dunes,lagoons and palm trees, offering a beautiful maritime view 

Jemaa Fadhloun is a Mosque located near the road connecting Houmt Souk to Midoun, dated the 11th century and it was transformed into a museum,permitting the tourists to discover how the Mosques were also used as a refuge for people in cases of attacks and sieges and allowed them to defend themselves.
Considered,probably the best example of fortress Mosque in Djerba,it was built on an area of 850 square metres,with an open courtyard of 530 square meters,with two entrances located in the east and south sides and several rooms,a Koranic school,a mill,a bakery with oven,a sink,a kitchen and several bedrooms,a large prayer hall and a staircase leading to the Minaret with strong walls backed with the outside by buttresses .

3,0 km west of Midoun there is the village of Mahboubine which name in Arabic means beloved. Mahboubine is a pretty and picturesque place surrounded by olive groves,vineyards and fruit trees with its vlovely menzels and a very quiet atmosphere.The Mosque Al Katib is one of its historic constructions with  a domed roof very Orientalist,it was built in the early 20th century by Ali El Kateb.That white building is a reduced and simplified imitation of the Mosque of Hagia Sofia, Istanbul and it is very evident the Turkish influence in all its architectonic details.The existence of such architecture proves that the founder of that Mosque, Ali El Kateb, like other merchants of Djerba exercising their business as a trader in Istanbul,also influenced by Byzantine art.

El Kantara is a village situated South of the island.El Kantara as mentioned before literally,means the bridge,that long road developed by Romans built in Djerba to connect the island to the coast.El Kantara is the end point of the causeway linking the island since the Punic era and that the Romans turned into a real communication channel.They broke through in places to use the force of the sea and run the tread mill.Very deteriorated over the centuries it was enlarged in 1973 and dubbed the island of pipes supplying water.

Nearby archaeological site of El Kantara, Meninx was one of three centres that ancient Romans authorised to make the imperial purple.Borj El Kantara is the village built on the foundations of one of the oldest forts of the island and rebuilt several times.The latter was restored in the 15th century,it was also used as Customs Building under the French protectorate and then by the Interior Ministry after being expanded.

 The archaeological site of Meninx,is a site located on the southeast coast of the island,near the present town of El Kantara Henchir. It stretches over 2,0 km in longitude and approximately 800,0 wide and some spaces were submerged by the sea.The Phoenicians founded there a settlement in the 10th century BC,probably a former dock flanked by an emporium and some houses,the centre reached its peak during Chartaginian and Roman times,when that place became the capital of the island.The extent of the site reflects the prosperity and the importance of that ancient stronghold, a crossroads of trade between Africa,East and West for many centuries.A first exploration of the site also revealed the presence of thermal baths,an amphitheatre,a theatre,a basilica and possibly a forum too.Moreover,the ground is littered with the remains,such as rests of of white marble and granite columns,capitals and numerous statues.

Borj El Agrab is a fortress surrounded by the sea between Terbella and El Kantara. Built on the remains of a previous garrison on a circular base with three small rooms,it was restored and occupied for decades by the Normans-Sicilians and Spaniards,and particularly developed by the Catalan Ramon Muntaner.A legend surrounds that fort,saying that it was built by a Prince of Djerba,whose the only child brought there to protect from kidnapping and invasions died as a result of bites of a scorpion hidden in a fruit basket .

Located east of El Kantara,there is Borj El Kastil another fort built on a plan square,30 m wide and 10 m high.Borj El Kastil is one of the few highlights of medieval times which was partially spared, it is a sort of fortress built in the 13th century by the Spanish conqueror Roger de Lauria, an admiral of  King Pedro III of Aragon.When Lauria occupied Djerba and ordered to build a strong garrison,the Spaniards have conquered all the island and such construction was oriented as one of the main checkpoints of Djerba,
with strong walls with a very easy access from the interior for the batteries of artillery..The fort was restored at the beginning of the 15th century by Sultan Hafsid and in the 16th century by the Ottomans, the last was in the 17th century led by Hammouda Pasha Bey,keeping the original structure and reinforcing the walls.

Close to the Phare de Taguermess an impressive lighthouse,there is a theme park of approximately twelve acres and called Djerba Explore.It features a traditional reconstruction of a typical village of the island with Lella Hadhria Museum,an exhibition of Tunisian Arab-Islamic world art,a heritage circuit Djerbian and the largest crocodile farm in thee Mediterranean basin.That combination of cultural and commercial centre also hosts crafts from around the country and it is a valid destination in the case you want to spend an alternative day,doing something different.

Sedouikech is a typical example of the most traditional Djerba, its habitat is formed by the traditional  Menzel scattered in the ample gardened areas and it situated in the centre of the island,located on the road between Houmt Souk and the ancient Roman road linking the island to the mainland,the extension of the village is developed along the main road near the beach of Sidi Mahares..Its name derives from the Berber word Azdyouch meaning master of the Dark and it is with Guellala, Ajim Ouirsighen one of the villages of Djerba where Berber is still spoken in everyday life.Also Known for its fish market and weaving of wool, the commercial centre has always been the old market square around which were developed gradually on three sides a series of Hanout which are general shops selling different kind of products.

In Sedouikech also exists an underground Mosque, known as Jemaa Louta where the Ibadi community fled to  pray.Ibadi Mosques have a particular architecture and it is possible to access to the Minaret only through the prayer room.Jemaa Louta,which dates from the 12th century is surrounded by an olive grove, it opens with a very steep and narrow staircase which leads to the room of the Muezzin and next door there is a large reservoir which supplies water by a well, also underground and another one is on the road Ajim.
Many of the local inhabitants have embraced sincee long time ago and for familiar traditions generation by generation the  Ibadite doctrine is a kind of Islam based on an Muslim organisation of social rules of life with a coordinate and peaceful state of mind and a cult with simplicity and harmony,even the doctrine is also the marriage with the local Berber population gives a special dimension.

The former fishing port of Aghir today has been to set up with a tourist complex of Hotels and holiday villages,although the area conserves Borj Aghir,a fortress built by the Ottomans in the 17th century and transformed before in customs building and later into a holiday structure for young people.

Another relevant detail,if you are fond about fauna and ornithology,the island of Djerba is also famous to be the island of flamingos.In the Northern peninsula the scenery is absolutely magnificent, turquoise and blue waters and the green of the local vegetation welcome walkers and campers who come spend a day in that peaceful place admiring those birds which find there the ideal habitat due the climatic situation and an environment which offers them food resources and space,to reach the island of flamingos,go to the port Fishing at Houmt Souk, where the fishermen have used to take on board their boats,there are excursions by boat with departure in the early morning depending of the company you can also enjoy in that f/d excursion,a typical lunch.

Attending to a traditional wedding in Djerba is one of the most beautiful memories.A visitor can keep it in his memories and take home it as an unforgettable cultural souvenir of the island.Accepting an invitation is a great chance to participate to a great cultural event,the inhabitants are famous for their hospitality and in such ceremony,it is important to be decently dressed and introducing yourself in a very kind of polite way.If you know Arab and Maghreb culture,a little bit of Arabian language or you are very fluent in French language and you visited Djerba in more than one occasion knowing someone can be an advantage.

Djerba is particularly lively during the celebration of its Summer festival,internationally renowned and held annually during the month of June in an amphitheatre,with an intense participation,there is also the opportunity thanks to the high Hotels quality and capacity to organise in that Maghreb island excellent incentives composed by several participants,congresses and conferences linking all that to discover the land
in a deep and complete way,naturally the mild climate all year help and support the operations of such tourist projects.

Apart beach holidays and the beautiful historical monuments,Djerba receives a big number of tourists who come to Djerba for being the scene of the shooting of  Star Wars,specifically the desert planet Tatooine, a nest of pirates and smugglers.

Djerba gastronomy is very similar to that of the rest of Tunisia but with unique touches.Its fish Cous cous is a great culinary highlight with the famous dried anchovies and also its meat,plates in which the typical barley flour which is added in many cases.Other delicious products are squid and octopus,plain or stuffed with vegetables and spices.The traditional mint tea,so famous in all Maghreb area in Djerba you can drink with leaves of a local variety of geranium.In addition, you will find the plates very popular throughout the country.

Tunisian Couscous consists of a combination of vegetables potatoes, onions,tomatoes,carrots,pumpkin, Semolina and mutton or beef.The famous Merguez is a kind of red spicy sausage which often accompanies other specialities,while the succulent Tajines of Djerba,very different than from those of Morocco are a mix of eggs with lamb,vegetables, potatoes, leaves mollusk and cheese,all slow cooked.Both tajines the Cous cous and other local specialities are often accompanied by the famous Harissa a pepper paste or sauce which can be very spicy and adding a little more of flavor to the food.

The sweet pastries made with local products such as like dates,almonds, pistachio and sesame are very tastefully and genuine,many of them are laced with honey and they are often served with the classical and traditional Mint tea accompanied with aromatic sugar as in all Maghreb.That typical North African drink in Djerba is also prepared with leaves of a local variety of geranium,having a very aromatic flavor and according ancient narrations it is a powerful cleanser of the digestive organs.

Nightlife in Djerba is very lively, Djerba Casino is a relevant highlight, a Casino on an island still very tied to the Muslim traditions may seem a paradox,but that establishment with slot machines,glamour,lights and nightly shows are also part of the charm of the current tourist of Djerba and in the most of the Hotels you will also find a wide good selection of clubs.

The Aéroport international de Djerba-Zarzis situated in Zarzis has  a location accessible crossing the Roman bridge, located on the south coast of the Gulf of Gabes.Situated approximately 9,0 km from the town of Zarzis,low cost airlines use that airport for domestic flights,but it also receive International and Intercontinental with famous companies and it ptovides a parking with about 650 places and there is a a good public transport from and to the airport.

Gustave Flaubert called Djerba the Ile de les Sables d'Or the island of the golden beaches which are undoubtedly one of the main highlights of that enchanting Tunisian land,a place with a rich history and attractions but it is also known as the Mediterranean Garden for its vegetation,its cuisine rich in fruits,fish and olive oil,an unique place painted by the green of its several palms reflecting a sort of rainbow of colours merging close to the blue waters and the whitewashed houses.Many villages look unchanged,without much reference to modernity for all that Djerba is a great destination to discover,metre by metre and coming back home after visiting one of the most beautiful and enchanting corners of Tunisia,you will think it could  be maybe a dream but it was reality,that reality telling you to come back there once again.

Francesco Mari


Recommended Hotels in Djerba

Hotel Hasdrubal Prestige Thalassa & Spa
Hotel Telemaque Beach & Spa
Hotel Sentido Djerba Beach
Hotel Club Magic Life Penelope Beach Imperial
Hotel Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso
Hotel Joya Paradiso
Hotel Flamingo Beach
Hotel Riu Palace Royal Garden
Hotel Dar Dhiafa

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LONDON-ENGLAND-PASSION, COLOURS, FOLKLORE AND MEMORIES OF AN UNFORGETTABLE OLYMPICS GAMES 2012 CELEBRATE THE BEAUTIFUL CAPITAL OF ENGLAND (SOME PHOTOS TAKEN IN LONDON IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES 2012)

LONDON-ENGLAND-PASSION, COLOURS, FOLKLORE AND MEMORIES OF AN UNFORGETTABLE OLYMPICS GAMES 2012 CELEBRATE THE BEAUTIFUL CAPITAL OF ENGLAND (SOME PHOTOS TAKEN IN LONDON IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES 2012)

The Olympic Games in London in 2012, were a great success,the most important celebrated sport event with the football World Cup every four years, in terms of business was a great success for merchandising, marketing, communication, involving the major media around the world.The British city has responded fully to all the expectations with a superb organization and services in front of the medias of all the world,tourists and sports fans who had the occasion to visit London last summer.

The city was a colorful mix of culture and people, from the numerous British flags everywhere, the orange color of Dutch fans who were always present at all major events to the many Americans,who with patrioric proud showed their colors with stars and stripes in their clothing, the Brazilian fans with their colourful "torcidas" animating football , volleyball and beach volleyball events, numerous Japanese tourists present with their little rising sun flags at all events,to the fans from the Caribbean areas who improvised dances Salsa and Merengues in the streets or singing hymns in Reggae style.

This Olympiad was a success,public participation,colours and folklore.Stratford,the area hosted the Olympic Village and the most important sport events, before the Olympics was a very standard and a little bit gray neighborhood of the East London,the Olympic games has transformed it in a modern district, with all sorts of services, a subway station, now among the best in Europe in terms of size and access services,an Olympic Stadium and so on.

 What matters most in any case,that was the Olympics of all, throughout the world, for those who watched it on television for those who have seen the event live,for those who each year four years were waiting this great event that brings in the name of sport and friendship, peoples, nations and cultures, and now waiting for Rio de Janeiro in 2016 we have to try to remember London 2012 Olympic probably the best edition of all time,in any case, what matters is that sometimes missing, is to take our daily lives have to be just like like the Olympic Games, less stress and more desire to work and run together for something important (Greeks and Romans in the first ancient editions did that) who knows we could live in a better world...Thanks London and thanks Olympic Games to be whilst every four years all of us.

Francesco Mari


 LONDON -ENGLAND-PASSIONE,COLORI,FOLKLORE E RICORDI DI UNA INDIMENTICABILE OLIMPIADE 2012 CELEBRATE NELLA STUPENDA CAPITALE D´INGHILTERRA (ALCUNE FOTO SCATTATE A LONDRA IN OCCASIONE DEI GIOCHI OLIMPICI 2012)

I giochi Olimpici di Londra 2012,sono stati un grande successo,sportivo,mediatico,un colossale exploit in termini di business,merchandising,marketing,comunicazione,hanno coinvolto i maggiori mass-media di tutto il mondo,la cittá britannica ha risposto in pieno alle aspettative con una superba organizzazione e servizi che in generale ha soddisfatto la critica,gli atleti,gli organi competetenti,tutti i partecipanti ,turisti ed appassionati sportivi che hanno avuto l´occasioone di visitare Londra la scorsa estate.

La cittá era un variopinto insieme di colori,dalle numerose bandiere Britanniche ovunque,al colore arancione dei fans Olandesi che erano sempre presenti a tutti i maggiori avvenimenti, dai numerosi fans americani che patrioticamente mostravano con orgoglio i loro colori a stelle e strisce nel loro abbigliamento,ai fans brasiliani che con il loro colore e "torcidas" hanno animato gli eventi calcistici,di pallavolo e beach volley,dai numerosi turisti giapponesi presenti con le loro bandierine del sol levante a tutti gli eventi,ai fan caraibici che improvvisavano danze di salsa e merengues nelle piazze o cantando inni in stile Reggae e cosi via.

Questa Olimpiade é stato un successo,in pubblico,partecipazione,colori e folklore,Stratford prima delle Olimpiadi era un normale quartiere, un grigio "borough" dell´Est Londinese.LOlimpiade,oggi, l´ha trasformato in un quartiere moderno,con servizi di ogni genere,una stazione metropolitana ,oggi fra le migliori del mondo per dimensioni e servizi d´accesso ed un maestoso Stadio Olimpico.

Quello che piú conta in ogni caso,é,che é stata l´Olimpiade di tutti,di tutto il mondo,per chi l´ha vista in televisione per chi l´ha vista dal vivo,per chi ogni anno attende un grande evento che unisce nel nome dello sport e dell´amicizia,popoli,nazioni e culture,ed ora aspettando Rio de Janeiro 2016,ricordiamoci sempre di Londra 2012 probabilmente la miglior edizione olimpica di tutti i tempi.

In ogni caso quello da cui dovremmo trarre esempio e che conta maggiormente,a mio avviso,é che a volte o spesso ci manca uno "Spirito Olimpico",ovvero prendere la nostra vita quotidiana come i Giochi,meno stress,voglia e desiderio di lavorare e correre insieme per qualche cosa di importante,(Greci e Romani in occasione delle prime Antiche Olimpiadi lo facevano sovente)chissá potremmo vivere in un mondo migliore,grazie Londra e grazie Giochi Olimpici per essere, sebbene, ogni quattro anni con noi.

Francesco Mari

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