The village of Guellala is located in the south of the island of Djerba and faces the golf course of Boughrara. It is also the village where we find the highest point of the island, and when we say that we should not think of Everest as the highest point of the island does not exceed 53 meters …
This village is one of the few where the Berber dialect is still used and where the Berber-speaking inhabitants (gnarled language where the letter “T” comes up in almost every word).
In religion, the inhabitants are Muslims of the Ibadhite rite, unlike the majority of Tunisians who are Malikites.
Guellala, a word that comes from Goulla (jar) or Gallal (the person who makes jars) is, of course, the pottery capital on the island of Djerba, and in southern Tunisia just like Nabeul in the north of country.
This trade dates back to the times of the Greeks and Phoenicians and continues today as it is inherited from father to son and as it represents the way of life, history and specialty of the region.
If you ever spend a day in the village do not hesitate to stop by one of the local workshops and you could see not only a detailed explanation of the work with its different stages but also a demonstration of the work done by hand.
Another visit remains essential if you visit Matmata, and that is the heritage museum. Installed on the highest point of the island, the museum terrace offers you a magnificent view … Its visit, on the other hand, introduces you more closely to Djerbian life in its various themes: traditions, customs, traditional clothes, etc.
Inspired by the architecture of a Djarbian Menzel, the museum is made up of different rooms where each one presents a different theme … It is not only a visit but an escape in time, in the traditions and the local life of a Djerba… A cultural and pleasure journey between open spaces, the oil mill, the weaving workshop and the wedding attire.
Among what you discovered I can give you a few examples without details in order to give you the pleasure of discovering for yourself:
– Marriage obligations (man and woman)
– The oil mill
– The weaving workshop
– La Jaroucha: old method (using a dromedary going around in circles) to separate the wheat from the chaff
– The Peach
Entrance fee is approximately 5D per person and photo fees are payable additionally.