Tunisia is a big country and the Star Wars locations are spread out. For example, the exterior shots of the Lars Homestead were taken hundreds of miles away from the Sidi Driss Hotel in Matmata, which provided the interior.
In our two weeks in Tunisia we wanted to see Roman ruins, Islamic architecture, the Sahara Desert, shop at the souks, and visit the spas. Star Wars is a precious part of our childhood but this was not a pilgrimage. So we missed a lot that the more hardcore Star Wars fan might consider essential.
If you are considering visiting mainly for Star Wars locations, then you would probably want to go to Tozeur. This is where the canyon that c3p0 and R2D2 get lost in is located and also the exterior of the Lars homestead. You can also visit locations from Indiana Jones and The English Patient here.
The Tunisian tourism authority has a good guide to Star Wars locations in Tunisia, while these two Star Wars fans made a pretty hardcore trip around the country. They covered a lot of ground but I guess they had the advantage of a car, while we relied mostly on public transport.
While we were in Matmata for Hotel Sidi Driss, Luke Skywalker’s family home, we were also lucky enough to see the real thing. For various reasons we had a driver on this day and he helped secure us an invitation to look inside a troglodyte dwelling where a real family lived. This was similar in structure to the hotel but real. I loved seeing how people actually lived and found all the little details charming, from the mobile phone sitting propped against the earthenware pots in a little nook in the wall to the hanging meat and shorn wool of the slaughtered sheep. Although there was no Star Wars filming done here, so far as I know, I really enjoyed this visit.
I’ll leave you now with some photos from the troglodyte home. Oh yes, and that’s me in my Jedi cloak at the entrance.
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Also: Other posts on time travel. (The events of Star Wars happened ‘a long time ago’, don’t you know?).