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1. Going down the troglodytes

2. Star Wars location

3. Interior of troglodytes

4. The landscape


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Star Wars location
Matmata, Tunisia

Matmata, Tunisia

Matmata, Tunisia

The Hotel Sidi Driss, which actually is easy to miss unless you search for it or have guide, was the location for the first Star Wars movie, and over again for the Attack of the Clones. The owners have taken good care of the set props, of course because there is money to make from it. In reality, Matmata may be the only place in Tunisia, where a hotel is the main attraction.
But things are not all that perfect, the atmosphere is slightly on the bad side. The staff was so used to only dealing with Western tourists, that when I came by, presenting myself as journalist and asking a few questions, I was asked to pay for the information. Hmmm.
Unfortunately this is the stage that Matmata is presently passing through, where the discovery of that the less you squeeze the tourist the more money you make is still in the future.
But also, this region is unfortunately never mentioned when Tunisians talk about which Tunisians are the most friendly.
Matmata, Tunisia

The least starwarsy hole of the five that make up the Hotel Sidi Driss.

By Tore Kjeilen