Less than one hour from Sfax and a little austere in its charm, the Kerkennah archipelago has the spellbinding beauty of distant islands. With its two main islands, Gharbi and Chergui, low-lying and covered with palm trees, Kerkennah offers dream-like scenery. It is a world with a captivating personality and unusual traditions reflecting its long history and many exchanges with Mediterranean countries.
A favourite destination of Panorama holidaymakers for many years there's not much that's changed on these idyllic islands that seem to capture the spirit of freedom.
These are the attractions of the Kerkennah Islands that tempt holidaymakers back time and time again. Kerkennah does not have many hotels, so you can peacefully enjoy the pleasures of the seaside and the archipelago has a rare feature for the Mediterranean: the low tide uncovers a wide area of sand, to the great delight of the shell collectors and for families with young children.
The old fortress of Borj el-Hissar is a reminder that the island was in past times coveted by the Spanish, the Venetians and the Turks. Watch the fishermen using traditional techniques to harpoon sponges and catch octopus using hollow pots.
La Sirene is considered one of the best restaurants on the island, located on the beach in Remla and where you can enjoy good seafood.
To reach the Kerkennah Islands you would have traveled by ferry from Sfax, Tunisia's second largest city, where you can spend a whole day enjoying life in the old medina, shopping for souvenirs in the souks or sipping mint tea in one of the Moorish cafes.
Enjoy watersports on the beach including sailing, windsurfing, jet-ski and water-skiing plus there's a dive centre in the Port. Many of the hotels have tennis courts and close to the hotels is the 36-hole El Kantaoui Golf Course. There's an Aqua Park and a mini funfair for children. You can even go quad-biking. Several of the hotels in Port El Kantaoui have Thalassotherapy (spa centres) which provide an entire range of wellness treatments.