Village Heritage "Djerba Heritage" in Tunisia
Djerba Heritage is a classic "Village Heritage" – The attraction is very popular in Arab countries, especially in United Arab Emirates, where such seats are more than two dozen.
Essence "Heritage villages" Simple. The traditional houses of local residents are reproduced on a small land plot of land, fill in household, pets and several actors depicting ancient terrain inhabitants.
Tourists can look at the way of life in old days, and local can "Touch" To the past of their people.
Every such place is interesting in its own way, because the lifestyle of people was very different from the region to the region. Heritage Village on Djerbe is no exception.
Prices and other information in this article was updated in March 2020.
Where is the Djerba Heritage
Village is located in Djerba Explore Park in Tunisia on the island of Djerba. This park was specifically created for tourists, this is part of the program for the development of the tourist industry of the region.
Park consists of three parts – crocodile farm, Lella Hadriya Museum and this themed village.
Djerba Explore Park is located right in the center of the tourist area of the Jerba Island, which we have highlighted green on the map on the left.
How to get
From any hotel island, you can get cheap by taxi, the trip will cost no more than 15 Tunisian dinars (the price for the long-distance hotel).
Some hotels are held within walking distance from Djerba Explore Park, check on the maps. Another option – go to an organized excursion trip, which is usually called name "Djerbahood" and includes a visit to the park and villages of Erriad.
Ticket prices and excursions
Admission tickets are: 20 dinars for adult and 12 dinars for children’s (from 2 to 12 years old). Children under 2 years old are free. Tickets can be bought at the checkout in the building of the Lella Hadriya Museum.
The photo on the right shows tickets, with an orange strip – this is a ticket for an adult visitor, with a green strip – children’s.
How easy to notice, a ticket is divided into three parts, and 20 dinars are the price for visiting all three parts of the park. You can only buy such a ticket. You can not buy a ticket, for example, only in Djerba Heritage or only on a crocodile farm.
Organized excursion costs from 20 to $ 35 for an adult and from 10 to $ 18 for a child, the price will highly depend on the greed of the tours of the tours.
Opening hours Park and Village Djerba Heritage
Djerba Heritage Village works:
– from 9 am to 19 pm from June 1 to September 30.
– from 9 am to 18 pm in the period from October 1 to May 31.
How to plan time
We advise you to come to the Djerba Explore park at about 13-30, just after lunch at the hotel. Next, buy tickets at the checkout and go to watch the Museum and Djerba Heritage. Organized tourist groups arrive here from 14-30, and you can avoid meeting with these crowds of tourists.
One hour for inspection Djerba Heritage is enough "for eyes". And when groups of tourists will only begin to go to the park, you can already follow the crocodile farm, where you will watch crocodiles almost alone.
If you arrived with an organized group, then about 15-00 you will arrive in the Djerba Explore Park, and about 17-45 will leave back.
What is djebra Heritage
This is a classic Menzel (Menzel) Jerba Island. Menzel is a land plot with a house in the center, this is an Arab word that is literally translated as "House" (in the sense of the structure). Here there is a small confusion, as like the house itself, which is located in the center, is called a word "hacho".
Over time, the word "Menzel" started calling a lot of still. For example, the jerbians are called so hotels. Pay attention to the names of hotels: El Mouradi Djerba Menzel or Menzel El Kateb Hotel.
There were several families from the same family at the Menzel plot, they led the overall economy. It is not surprising, on the arid island of Djerba problematic was to survive the family alone.
In addition, Djerba has always been a very dangerous place, and families together not only plowed and sowed, but also defended from pirates and slave traders.
What to show tourists – Well
Well – This is the main attraction in Djerba Heritage. In the center of each Menzel was such a well, because in this area without irrigation, do not really grow. The wells dug to a depth of 5 to 20 meters, although in some places to the aquifers had to dig and 50 meters.
Well in Djerba Heritage is completely shallow, look at the photo on the right. Click on photo to enlarge. A lot of such wells remained on Djerbe, but most of them do not function and perform purely decorative functions.
All planting plants were built relative to the well. Close to it (up to 50 meters) fruits and vegetables, as they demanded daily irrigation. A little further legumes and cereals. And further, the chicken palms and olive trees, these plants are the most unpretentious.
Water from the well was required to raise a lot, and for these purposes camel cravings. Water raised in large leather tanks and poured into a special system of aqueducts, according to which it was distributed to the fields.
Camel in Djerba Heritage, of course, there is. Tourists love to be photographed with him. If a lot of visitors are recruited near the well, the actor shows the procedure for producing water from the well. See a small photo gallery below.
If you order an excursion, then this is a guarantee guaranteed, actor asks to show the guide. If we are going on your own, then nothing is guaranteed.
What is shown to tourists – House hauch
Traditional house on Djerba is called "hacho". He performed many functions, was not only a place to relax.
Look at the photo on the left, click on the photo to enlarge. If it seemed that he was more like a fortress than the house, then you are absolutely right. Exactly!
Hauch served not only place for recreation by Jerbians, but also a defensive building. Djerba Island in Middle Ages was the main base of pirates and the main market of slaves in the Mediterranean. The situation here was always restless, and the saying "My house is my fortress" on Jerbe perceived literally.
In Hochhe you can see a lot of elements clearly intended for defense. These are narrow doors in which only one fighter can pass. This door does not lead to the courtyard, but in a special narrow room, convenient for defense.
One-story building, which is also in the spirit of Jerbians. The lower the building, the hardest to notice the raids. Slightly tower over the first floor only small rooms to which narrow stairs lead. These rooms used including defense.
Houses-khauchi have always been growing up, but in breadth. If a new family has been formed, they attached their dwelling on the side. In this fundamental difference from the architecture of the mainland Tunisia, where the son has completed his house from above the second floor over the house of parents.
Another difference between the life of Jerbians – beds in special niches, which were called "Dokhan" ("Doukhana"). Watch photo on the right, click on the photo to enlarge. Usually the Arabs spread the carpets or the mattress right on the floor of the room and slept.
Much attention in homes is given to the issue of microclimate. This is the traditional dome in which hot air rises, thus cooling the lower part of the room. These are special holes in the walls that serve for ventilation.
Look below for a small photo gallery.
In every jerbian house there was a special tank for collecting rainwater and her system collection with roofs. The problem of clean fresh water is relevant on the island and now – the water is missing, it is delivered here on a special water supply from the mainland.
Inside the houses of tourists surprise small rooms. In fact, nothing surprising in it. Inside the premises were stored and slept, and not all the time slept, but only in the cold nights. In warm nights, everyone slept in the yard on the street.
In the house you will not find the kitchen. The kitchen was one on all families and was separated from the residential premises, so as not to create excess heat. Such a kitchen location is traditionally traditionally not only for Djerba, but also for all Arab countries.
In rooms, tourists show household items, chests, clothing. Items are not very much. Many interesting things can be seen on the pictures raised on the walls and photos. In the houses of wealthy Jerbians there were tiles on the floor, mural and wood carving on the walls and the ceiling. In the house hauch in Djerba Heritage there is a very beautiful painted wooden ceiling. See the mini-gallery photo below.
In one of the rooms you can find an actress in national clothes depicting medieval jerbiquet. In the gallery above there is her photo. It loves to take pictures of tourists. Usually leave one dinar coin as a tip.
In addition to the well and home-haucha, there are several other buildings of economic purposes on site. Go, look, it will be interesting. After inspection of Djerba Heritage, head to watch a crocodile farm, crocodile feeding takes place at 17-00.
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