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About Houmt Souk



Houmt Souk meaning literally: "The Market neighborhood", is a commune and the main town of the island of Djerba, Tunisia. A popular tourist destination, it is best known for its traditional souk (market) and the Aghlabid fortress.

It is located at approximately 20 kilometers from Ajim and 22 kilometers from El Kantara by the Roman road. It is also the chief town and a municipality with 64,892 inhabitants. The city itself shelters a population of 44,555 inhabitants as of 2004. The city developed on the old site of a Roman city called Gerba or Girba which had the honor of giving birth to two Roman Emperors,Trebonianus Gallus and his son Volusianus