Ammelne is the village that has most moved towards western tourism. This is partly because of it's situation just under the Djerbal el Kest. This mountain which is the highest in the area offers, on a clear day, views from the summit to the Atlas, the Sahara, and the Atlantic. It can be walked up but also has a number of good climbing routes.
There is an excellent website for trekkers climbers to the area at
Ammelne, 4km out of Tafroute has some guesthouses and a hotel/campsite for those who don't want to pay for taxis and want a minimal walk-up.
The mountains are made of quartzite and granite and the mountain glows pink at sunrise and sunset. One of the guest houses calls itself the "Djerbal Rose" after the mountain.
We stayed at the hotel which had small simple rooms with immaculate en-suite shower rooms, lots of hot water and heating as well as air conditioning. At under £30 halfboard for us both it was a bit of a steal. It had an attractive roof terrace for breakfast with views all round the valley.