Top 3 Must-See Star Wars Film Locations in Tunisia

Jul 3, 2020 | Film sites

Must-See Star Wars Sites in Tunisia

Here are our top picks for must-see Star Wars sites in Tunisia. If you can’t see them all, these are the ones we would prioritize.

Tunisia and its part of the Sahara Desert are full of landscapes that are unlike any other place in the world. This is the reason why George Lucas fell in love with these sites and they perfectly depicted his vision for the Star Wars film locations.

There are in total 9 Star Wars film locations in Tunisia and much of the decor is still where they were left by film crews. One thing that is fascinating when you visit these locations is that the majority of the Tunisian population has never seen the movies. However, the sets are being kept with the hope that they will continue to draw tourists to the region.

By visiting these top three landmark locations, you will feel part of this incredible movie experience and will take you back to specific scenes.

Luke Skywalker’s Home

Our first pick for must-see Star Wars sites is Luke’s childhood home is actually a composite of two different locations. The most accessible of these sites is a Troglodyte home that still exists and is located in the city of Matmata. This home is made up of a series of underground caves transformed into vaulted rooms. Today these dwellings are used as a hotel by the name of Sidi Driss and you can stay for a night for a modest price. By entering the Sidi Driss hotel you will be stunned by its quietness and the fact that these are real buildings and not the typical studio sets recreated for cameras.

Hotel Sidi Idriss

 In case the Sidi Driss is full, there are several Troglodyte homes scattered around the area of Matmata and any of these will be glad to accommodate you for an evening. We recommend the Hotel Marhala just up the road from Sidi Driss. If you are a luxury lover, there is also a 4-star troglodyte hotel in a neighbouring town. For the true Star Wars fan, a stay of this sort will create a one-of-a-kind memory.

On the Tatooine Moon

The second choice on our must-see Star Wars list is Guermessa. It is an abandoned Berber village set on top of a hill overlooking an incredibly beautiful valley. The name of the town was also used as one of the names of the three Tatooine moons. The other two Tatooine moons were named after real Tunisian cities too: Chenini and Ghromrassen. Guermessa has several troglodyte homes that can be rented for a night stay and you might be able to enjoy the surroundings in your own company. Keep in mind that these are places where you would be walking extensively as there are no paved roads but sand paths; It’s the desert after all.

The Real Town of Tatouine

Rounding our top three Must-See Star Wars picks is the Tunisian city of Tatouine. Yes, there is really a city named Tatouine; spelled a bit differently as the planet in the film is spelled ‘Tatooine’ . It’s a thrilling place located in the south part of the country and has been used for the filming of the Mos Espa slave quarters where Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet Anakin. The area is known for its multiple fortified castles called Ksars. It is the Ksar Hadada and the Ksar Hallouf where any true Star Wars fan should spend time exploring. For an even more fulfilling experience, the buildings in these Ksars have been transformed into hotels and are offered for a one night stay.

Ksar Hadada

Visit these Star Wars Film Locations

We have a Star Wars Tunisia Tour that will take Star Wars fans to visit all of the Star Wars film locations in Tunisia plus amazing historical and cultural sites over one week. If you are interested in one of our Star Wars tours, our travel experts are happy to assist you to plan your Tunisia tour.

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