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1. Houmt Souq

2. Diversity

3. Borj el-Kebir

4. Zone touristique

5. Hara Sghira

6. Hara Kebira

7. Guellala

8. Lonely mosque

9. Mosque of the Turkish mother

10. Jama' Fadloud

11. Jama' Ghizen

12. Jama' Mastiri

13. Jama' Mazline

14. Jama' Mezraya

15. Jama' Tajdid

16. Underground oil-press in Midoun

17. Aghir

18. Sponges and octopuses


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Magic camels
Do not let the main street packed with souvenir stalls, misguide you. Most of the time while you're in remote Guellala, there are no other tourists around. And unless you run into some of the timid Kharijis (the third, and smallest, group in Islam,- the Kharijis of Jerba still speak their own language and participate little in the society) who live in this part of Jerba, people down here are very friendly.

Guellala, Jerba, Tunisia

Guellala, Jerba, Tunisia

The main attraction in the main street is the only souvenir stall that comes without strong colours, the underground one, just where the street bends. This is the only one left in Guellala that shows how ceramics were made before in this town, and the only one selling stuff without the totally inaccurate paintings.
The things here are very simple, and there is less need for heavy haggling on the prices. The people running the shop will in a friendly manner show you the different parts of the workshop, and if you leave without buying anything, they just say good bye with the same friendliness, before lying down on the bench next to the tiny door leading up into the kitchy main street.
If you give yourself some minutes, you will soon have the local speciality demonstrated, the magic camels: A mug with a spout as a camel's head, and then a hole in the bottom and the top. You pour water into one hole, turn the camel, and the water doesn't leak out.

By Tore Kjeilen