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    The landscape

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Djerba is the biggest island of Tunisia, situated in the southern part of the country. It is connected to the mainland by the narrow isthmus, known eversince the Roman times. The local landscape, very plane, looks more like a desert with sand on the ground and lots of palm-trees. The places along the coastline look alike Mediterranean, but with the touch of strong Arabian influence while the hinterland is very similar to the desert landscapes.

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    Some useful remarks

    by csordila Written Jan 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Tunisia is one of the few places in the world where hotels, money changers give in most cases a better exchange rate than the banks.
    The country is the most sophisticated, relaxed and tolerant state in North Africa. Women travelers are very safe when traveling alone.
    The best seasons to travel to Djerba are spring or autumn. August is the hottest month of the year, sea breezes generally keep temperatures acceptable on the beach of Sidi-Mahrès, one of the most known beaches of the Maghreb, on the northern coast, but the island teems with tourists.
    When taking tours, make sure the guide speaks English. If you do not ask, French will be the language spoken. Most of the residents speak French as fluently as Arabic.
    Though the tour companies offer a lot of excursions, but the best way to explore the island is to hire a bicycle since the island is flat and very easy to navigate

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    Money

    by Wafro Updated Oct 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The dinar was introduced in 1960 and it is subdivided into 1000 millimes. There are 4 banknotes and 8 coins in circulation, although the small ones aren’t that common.
    1 EURO = 1.7796434 Dinar
    1 Dollar = 1.25823204186 Dinar

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    Djerba map

    by Kid-A Updated Jan 7, 2008

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    Favorite thing: You can buy this map for 1 Dinar in practically any shopping area on the island, but I've included it here as well for anyone considering a vacation on Djerba. One side has the tourist zone, and the other has an overall map of the island (and I made that the inset).

    You maybe can't read it on VT, but if you copy the image and then zoom in with your own photo viewer, you can probably make out the names of the hotels.

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    Jerba's Mosques

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    Mellita Mosque
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    Favorite thing: We saw many beautiful mosques in Jerba, many of which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, with no apparent community in the vicinity. One such mosque was the Fadloune Mosque, about 2km outside Midoun. We arrived at sunset and the view of the light falling on the whitewashed walls of the mosque was memorable.

    I really liked the architecture of the Jerban mosques. They were less decorated than those we saw in other parts of Tunisia, yet the clean white walls and coloured doors that most mosques had very pretty.

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    Zone Touristique

    by croisbeauty Written Nov 20, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Zone Touristique is a large complex situated on the eastern side of the island. It is an area where all the hotels for the foreign tourist are located, many of them still in construction. Besides hotels, there are plenty of restaurants, amuement park, golf court, besh resorts, discoteques and casinos here, along with many other facilities.

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    Houmt Souk - the main square

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The main square of Houmt Souk is a very bussy place, no metter if day or night it is always crowded with the people. There is a number of cafe-bars, all over the square, where the locals spend most of their time in chatting, smoking nargilas and sipping hot green tea or cold unalcoholic drinks. The arhitecture around the square is fascinating and very beautiful. All the houses are coloured in white, while the windows and the doors in very characteristic blue colour which dominates all over the country.

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    Houmt Souk - the caravanserai

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Caravanserai is old Arabic name for lodging or shelter. It is a littlebit different then the hotels because there is no hall and restaurant in caravanserai. The inneryard of caravanserai has the same construction we can find in the christian cloisters.
    Most of the caravanserais on Djerba are turned into the hotels nowadays, offering fascinating and very attractive accomodations. It is pitty that the tourist agents, at least those from Croatia, do not offer this typfe of accomodation which looks extremely attractive and is very cheap.

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    Houmt Souk - the mosque

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    the mosque in Houmt Souk
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    Favorite thing: According to the official data, great majority of the local inhabitans are of muslim religion. Most of the western people are suspicious towards the muslims, considering all of them fundamentalists or at least intollerant towards the other religions. In last two years, I have visited entire country of Tunisia and found them very tollerant and openmined towards the others. Morover, Tunisian muslims, as well as the others here, are very friendly towards the westerns.

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    Houmt Souk - tha catholic church

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    catholic church in Houmt Souk
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    Favorite thing: There exist an catholic church in Houmt Souk, located right in the heart of the old core of the town. Unfortunately, I couldn't seen its interiors because the church was closed every time I was visiting the town. There exist a catholic minority on the island, living side by side to Jewish community and the muslim majority. As far as I could see and noticed it, there is a high standard of tollerance in between various religious groups and races here on island of Djerba.

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    The lighthouse - Taguermess

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Taguermess
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    Favorite thing: The red and white striped coloured lighthouse is the highest building on the island. It is situated in the most eastern side, where the water is extremely superficial and full of reefs. It is the emblem of the entire island and the first thing you notice when approaching from the mainland.
    Btw, the lighthouse is located in the immediate vicinity to the Djerba Heritage Museum and the Crocodile Park.

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    The seashore of Djerba

    by croisbeauty Written Aug 17, 2005

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    seashore in Djerba
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    Favorite thing: Last year I was in Nabeul, in the North Tunisia, where the sea-water is very shallowly but pretty clean and almost without sea-grass. Comparing it with Island of Djerba, it was acceptable. The seashore of Djerba, however, wass the biggest disappointing to me. I saw people standing in the water several hundreds of meters far from the shore and yet the water was barely over their knees. Besides, this endless brown coloured sea-grass is covering entire shore around the island making entrance into the water almost fastidious.

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    Loud speakers !

    by JLBG Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This picture shows a close-up on the top of the minaret of another mosque in Houmt Souk (sorry, I do not remember the name of this mosque). Traditionally, the "muezzin" called for the prier from the top of the minaret. Now, loud speakers, as can be seen clearly on this photo have replaced human voice alone !

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    Loud speakers !

    by JLBG Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This picture shows a close-up on the top of the minaret of another mosque in Houmt Souk (sorry, I do not remind the name of this mosque). Traditionally, the "muezzin" called for the prier from the top of the minaret. Now, loud speakers, as can be seen clearly on this photo have replaced human voice alone !

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    Mosquée des Turcs, close up

    by JLBG Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: On this close-up, the white pencil shaped minaret (or rocket looking to my opinion !) of the Turks Mosque stands out fiercely against the dark blue sky of Djerba. I find that the dark blue of the sky and the white of the walls fit perfectly !

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