It’s a soft mutation. Little by little, the beaches adopt Islamic standards, earning the company. But some few regions are resistant.
Dressed in a gray and full veil that see that his face and hands, the woman is wisely seated on a small folding chair at the edge of the water. His mobile phone out of arms, she just shoot her husband and her children, in full support of acrobatic dives. The scene takes place in Wadi Dar el-Oued, one of the most beautiful sites of the splendid kabyle cornice, which stretches its small rocky coves, beaches of golden sand and its Green islets on 40 kilometres between Bejaia and Jijel.
Wadi Dar el-Oued is a mountain river that winds in the heart of deep and lush gorges before flowing into the sea under a beautiful arch in cut stones. It is in this movie set of adventures that Communists and Islamists organized next to their camp in the 1980s. Today, there are more traces of the first while the latter almost imposed their model of society in the country.
Women barely dared to soak your feet. Only the adventurous embark, dressed
Outputs family to the sea spread
These scenes of veiled women clustered on the beach sum up new habits. The automotive boom and the relative security calm grow thousands of Algerians towards the sea in summer. If the outputs are family, men and children who benefit from the joys of swimming. The women, they remain on the Board and enjoy the freshness of the shores only by dipping their feet in the water. Only a few daring venture there all dressed.
A little further, the Aftis village (“beaches”, in Berber) welcomes the waves of vacationers coming up since the early hours of the morning.The municipality of El-Aouana (ex-Cavallo) is located about twenty kilometres of Jijel, the capital of the wilaya. Under a cheeky blue sky, a sea of oil is facing a forest of umbrellas and tents who marry the perfect arc that forms the side to this place.
“You can install your family safely here. There is no nudity at home,”said Salah, who wondered if half naked women were not likely to shock our modest eyes proudly. Salah is a swimwear shop on the road. It sells mainly of shorts and ‘burkinis.
Hijab and burkini
Held Beach supposed to preserve the famous hormah, or “virtue”, the burkini consists of a long spindle, a shirt with long sleeves and a scarf to hide the hair. Uniforms flocked to the names of famous claws are made in Turkey and cost 2 800 dinars (about 24 euros). The low-end products, a handful of dinars less expensive, come from them, Tunisia and China. Defined by Digopaul, burkini is a type of swimsuit.
The region of Jijel, formerly one of the strongholds of the Islamic army of salvation (AIS), found a feverish animation on its some 120 km long deserted coastline. Women almost exclusively wear the hijab, the Islamic veil.
Crowded, beaches are frequented mainly by men from the Interior of the country. There are three things that it is useless to look for here: a restaurant and bar serving alcohol, a foreign tourist and a lightly dressed woman. The edges of sea are in the image of a society increasingly won by a more social than activist Islamism.
In Bejaia, the alcohol is flowing and the beaches are still frequented by women in bikinis
In Bejaia, tolerance and openness
If Jijel passes to a prudish and conservative city, Bejaia, her neighbor, willingly cultivates a reputation – not spoofed – tolerance and openness.The alcohol is flowing freely, cabarets are open until the early morning and the beaches are still frequented by women in bikinis. The streets of this cosmopolitan city, a girl in a miniskirt triggers no riots as would be the case in some parts of the Interior.
Trapped between sea and mountains, Béjaïa aligns nearly 100 km of coastline. To the East, in the resorts to the sandy beaches, it is difficult to find a square meter to plant his umbrella in the early hours of the morning. Less accessible and more wild, West Coast is mainly frequented by the well-to-do, middle managers, the new rich and emigrants. It is the destination of the jet – set.
First stop: the tourist village of dump, which aligns its villas and its bars and restaurants the feet in the water. A little more off the coast, the island of the Pisans attracts many visitors and lovers of diving. Dump, Tala Ilef (the source to the boar”), Saket, Aach el-Vaz (‘the Eagle nest’), Tighremt, Wadi Das, Ath mark, beaches and resorts alternate with, at every turn, a landscape with breathtaking.
The jewel of this side is undoubtedly the Thais hostel. An atypical structure built in stone and wood, nestled on a hanging rock, in a sheltered Cove of the winds and looks, between two small beaches, one of sand, the other of pebbles.
The Inn cultivates like a little secret paradise reserved for connoisseurs and lovers of nature. In addition to its 22 rooms, two suites and a few bungalows, the site offers all the conveniences: terrace bar overlooking the sea, restaurant to the right also views, pool perched on a rock… The Thais hostel is full until end of September.
Here, the point of Islamic veil. The place is trendy. Animations every weekend with jazz, blues or rock groups. Even during the low season, establishing running almost at full speed by targeting large pharmaceutical companies and banks for periods of teambuilding or seminars. In all cases, one motto: “To live happily, live hidden.”
In the maghreb, we bathe halal
The Maghreb beaches undergo profound changes that disrupt the societies of the region, torn between modernity and traditions, individual freedoms and religious prohibitions, openness to the world and inward.
Of course, the end of the 1990s, during which the Jamaa Al Adl Wal Ihsane (‘justice and charity’) was doing raids on Moroccan beaches with Islamic clothes and collective prayers, claiming his right to dispose of its own summer camps, seem far away. The authorities have done the necessary to calm his ardor.
But the Islamization of the beaches continued in a more social form. As evidenced by the antibikini campaign launched by of young surfers in Agadir this year, calling on vacationers to respect ramadan, or the prohibition of the “burkini” in some Moroccan hotels. Sign that this Islamic garb was successful.
In Algeria, more precisely in the East of the capital, neighborhood associations have decreed some beaches “in accordance with Islamic morals”, is in fact prohibiting any form of nudity. On other shores, groups of faithful intimidate women in bikinis by posting in the face they pray collectively on the sand.
In Tunisia, the war of the outfits of bath is not yet declared, but resort areas also express the divisions in the country. Haves and have-nots share public space, although the wealthiest prefer the intimate beaches of multietoiles hotels. All ages, women’s exhibit the last Jersey fashionable safe from prying eyes.
Public beaches allow us to see another world. For the years 1990, more and more women, usually middle-aged and from most of the campaign, bathe dressed in a long jebba (‘dress’) and a scarf while the younger choose a Bermuda shorts and a t-shirt. Representatives of the middle class, they remain in Jersey, but accompany him to a sarong. As for those who wear a two-piece, they seem to defy a taboo quite imaginary. Here, nothing is forbidden and everything is tolerated. Despite a slightly more insistent public gaze, the remarks are sporadic and no incident has broken the ritual of bathing.