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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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Aerobics on the beach
It's apparently Germans that fill up the touristic zone of Jerba, as all small vendors and hustlers down here address you first in German, before they try their crumbling French. It's the standard sentences: "Wie geht's?", "Eine Frage bitte". Unfortunately the touristic zone which could have been the base and starting point for some lazy and pleasurable explorations of the island, seems to have turned into a ghetto. Every hotel comes with at least one restaurant, bar and discotheque, as well as 'animators', people that have actually gone to school for a couple of years to learn how to amuse charter tourists. Fake Tunisian folklore, jokes and aearobics on the beach seem to have been dominating their curriculum.

Zone Touristique, Jerba, Tunisia

The Calimera Yati Beach Hotel. Photo: Henning Leweke.

Zone Touristique, Jerba, Tunisia

The Hotel Park Inn Ulysse. Photo: Wieland Van Dijk

In a place like Jerba this is sad. Great things are so close, and so easy to get to, people so friendly. So, even if the beaches are great, and you have a good time, mindless holidays on Jerba is really a waste.

By Tore Kjeilen