Matmata, Tunisia

The village of Matmata in the south of Tunisia attracts a lot of visitors because the troglodyte caves there were used as sets for some of the Star Wars movies, including the bar scene in the original one. But for hundreds of years people have actually lived in caves in Matmata carved out of the sand. We stayed overnight in a hotel that used to be a part of an actual home and we explored the area for a half-day, including a visit to a home still in use today.

Matmata at Sunrise
Matmata at Sunrise

Hotel Marhala
Hotel Marhala

Typical Troglodyte Dwelling
Typical Troglodyte Dwelling (our hotel room was on the left)

Our 'Cave' Room
Our 'Cave' Room

Local Crafts and Mountain Views
Local Crafts and Mountain Views

Allen Climbing
Allen Climbing

Star Wars
Star Wars Bar at Sidi Driss Hotel

Typical Matmata Home
Typical Living Room in a Matmata Home

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