Shopping and negotiating
When you are in Jerba (and in the larger part of North Africa) you will find yourself in the game of negotiating the price of any article you may be interested in. This can be quiet a pain, as you seem to have no reference point to define a good price and to know when you are making a deal that is OK.
Unique Suggestions: First thing to do when you come to Djerba is to find a fixed price magasin. These are controlled by government. They may not give the best prices, but they will give you an idea on what regular prices are. Once you know this price, keep it in mind while shopping.
Beware however to talk about these prices, as all other vendors will tell you that they deliver poor quality. This is NOT the case! I've seen a German lady paying 160 Dinar for a chessgame that was sold across the street in the fixed price shop at 14 Dinar.
In Midoun, the largest fixed price shop is called SOYA and is located in the Souks of Midoun. (The shop that sells leather jackets and carpets is not part of the fixed price, even if it is located inside soya)
The shops located inside the hotels may have fixed prices, but don't consider them as a reference point. You'll pay about 50 Dinar (33 Euro) for a tube of suncream.
Netotiating and shoping
First thing to do when you come to Djerba - go to fixed price shop and get the idea of the prices. Then go to bazar an begin netotiating for the price. Always start at 1/3 of the price of the vendor.
You must have a lot of patience at negotiating - this can last hours and hours.
Tourist Resorts at Sidi Mahares
Jerba is, for the most part, a lovely island with plenty of interesting places to visit. However, some areas of the island, most notably the East coast, have been completely overrun with tourist hotels. The beaches in this area are nice but there is a definite resort -like feeling about this area, which is not really in character with the rest of the island. Driving along the East coat, we passed a Club Meb and numerous "Sun" hotels. The beach and the sea were rather difficult to see beyond all the developments! This is not the real Jerba and if you do go here on one of the package holidays it is well worth escaping to see the rest of the island.
djerba shop : be careful, negociate!!
you have to negociate cause it's in the nature of tunisian to do that. and if you don't do that, these articles are a little bit expensive! :))
moreover, it's nice to have a long discussion to have what you want.. after you have an story linked at the article which decorates your room! :))
The Euro coin scam
There is lots to be found on the beaches along the hotels. People will try to sell you necklaces and fruit and try to get you to go for a horse or camel ride. There are also quite a few men who will present you with a 2 Euro coin and try to get you to exchange smaller money for it. They do this on the auspices that they are selling fruit and need smaller money for change. The coins are fake. I couldn't tell by looking at it, and after I was told by a security man, I purposely took the coin the next time and held it and really examined it. I still couldn't tell. I guess someone is minting them and doing a damn good job! :) Hell, you could probably spend them in Europe as well because they look and feel real enough. But just so you know...
Watch your steps - when camel have needs
When camel have needs she will do it right away, without any warnings. It could be out on the street, in the courtyard, in the street-yard or wherever she in that moment. When camel stops, all the sudden, and spread her back legs it's a clear sign that she has a need. Do not approach to take a closer look because it could be unpleasant surprise for you.
Unique Suggestions: Do not follow camel too close, keep a reasonable distance!
Be aware of the tap water
It is mentioned everywhere that you shouldn't drink the tap water.
As a small bottle of water in the minibar is expensive, probably some of the "poor tourists" spending their holiday at the Sofitel Hotel have found the solution to save some money by re-filling the botles with tap water.
I have got a plastic botle from the fridge but I haven't checked if the bottle was sealed and I've had in that way the ocassion to write a tip about the hospital in Djerba :(
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Unique Suggestions: Don't drink tap water...
Fun Alternatives: Check allways if the water botles are sealed.
Take care with renting a horse on the beach
I did it and once, and as I've been first time trying to ride a horse, I was expecting to get some help from the "nice" local guide.
Instead of this he just help me "climb" on the back of the horse and run away.
I have been trying to become a cowboy by self-education, without success :(
After 30 minutes, the owner of the horse come back to me and told me that the time is finished.
And it costs me only (!) 15 euros.
Unique Suggestions: Take a sit on the beach chairs... it is much comfortable and, more than this, is free.