Been where the movies were made.
over run with coach parties
More than just caves!
After visiting the Sidi Idris Hotel, we were taken to a real Troglodyte Home, we visited the house, and were invited to tea and Tunisian bread (yes, we didn´t have to pay or buy anything) and talked a little with the family, then we visited some of the caves used as bedrooms, living room and kitchen. Of course our tour operator has some kind of...more
Matmata's fame comes from the unusual houses – instead of building the houses, they were dug vertically into the ground. Matmata is so great that it is about to become destroyed. The town is a must-see for tourists to Tunisia, and from early morning till late afternoon bus load after bus load arrive in this small village. The landscape of Matmata...more
The land around Matmata is very scenic. We travelled all the way from Houmt Souk in Djerba and passed some great sights along the way. Many people find Matmata too touristy given the number of visitors following in Luke Skywalkers footsteps. There are equally interesting towns (such as Haddej) nearby, with fewer visitors and equally good...more
Our guide seemed very modern, informative, confident and not quite how I imagined a Berber to be. She spoke fairly fast, accented French so I couldn't understand every word though she also had some English, more words than sentences though. It was a bit akward at the end and she didn't seem in a hurry for us to go and was even talking animatedly by...more
The highlight of Matmata was our visit to the Berber Musem nearby where we were given a guided tour of a typical troglydyte house by a local woman whose family have lived there for years. These houses are designed to be cold in summer and warm in winter using the Earth as a natural insulator. And it does get hot here. In March when we visited it...more
We stayed at the Hotel Marhala, one of the troglodyte hotels in Matmata. It's nicely done-up to...more
We had lunch and some relax by the swiming pool after the long v¡sit of the Ksours. this is a good...more
Matmata center B P 66, Matmata, 6070, Tunisia
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Someone else on VT has described this restaurant as overpriced. I suppose they have a point, but this is a tourist town, there's little competition and you only have to look at the number of tables to realise that this is not an ordinary Tunisian diner. That's before you clock the stickers for a multitude of 4x4 'desert safaris' adorning the...more
Chez Abdoul was a little disappointing. There was no menu outside, though it seemed fairly busy, and as it had been mentioned (though not exactly recommended) in our Rough Guide, we decided to chance it. It was an interesting variation having to choose our courses from a long list in French given by the waitress but this also meant we had no idea...more
The Hotel Sidi Driss has a small little bar where you can have a drink which is the exact spot where they filmed scenes for Star Wars. We met many fellow travellers there.
Dress Code: no dress code
If you're travelling via Gabes, note that the louages for Matmata do not leave from the main louage terminal. , but from about 400 metres away in Rue Ali Jemel, by the Esso petrol station. (Incidentally this is not where the current (Feb 2005) Rough guide tells you to go: it's just around the corner.) I think this may be because the louage stop...more
The soil is more rocky and stony than in Matmata and the inhabitants have no been able to carve their houses in the soil but they have used the rocks and the earth to built them. The village, though large is visible only when getting close. Otherwise, it melts completely into the landscape as seen on the previous photo.more
The road from Matmata to Medenine is not in very good condition and in some places, in 2002, it was under repair that looked as a lengthy process. ! On the way, there are only few villages, the main being Toujane and Aït Tounine.Click to enlarge the picture, otherwise, you will not see there is a large village.more
When I was inside this dwelling I enjoyed with the pleasing aroma around! Great food and nice to smell!
As soon as we parked our car in Matmata we were approached by a local who said hello and asked were we french - no, german - no, american - no, italian-no, english-no,etc. He asked did we want to see a typical Berber home, then recommended Chez Abdoul for lunch and suggested after our meal we would like to see a typical Berber home. we were used to...more
Most guides books, if not all tell that you should only drink bottled water. This is certainly a wise advice and you have better follow this precautionary principle. However, I did not and when we camped across Tunisia, we always picked tap water where it was available, as here, near Matmata and had never any problem.more
Around Matmata the thing to see are the troglodyte dwellings. The Sidi Driss Hotel is one made famous by the Star Wars movies. You can go there and still see some of the Star Wars elements built into the walls, but now painted a nice bright yellow so you can identify them. This isn't the scam, as you can freely wander in and take pictures. Around...more
As tourist traps go this is laughable. It's virtually labelled TOURIST TRAP and exists almost solely for tourist who want to be trapped. Yes, it's the STAR WARS (tm) place. Outside, a coach park, souvenir stalls, a handful of tour guides and some camels, who must really hate the rock-strewn landscape. Inside, you can see a bit of Star Wars...more
The rather obvious tourist experience camel ride will mean you are transported just a few hundred feet down a lane to meet one of the camel drivers relatives who will proudly show you around her all mod-cons cave. Have some small change available for the inevitable extras and treat it as a chance to get to know a local a little better. After all...more
Much of the surounding landscape is fairly rough and stony. Sure they were on the way out, but a relatively short walk into the surrounding country reduced my shoes to about 5% health, holes in the soles. They had the first shine of their life (black suede) in Sfax and, carefully walked in, just made it home.more
Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:- Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of...more
16 Reviews and Opinions
We parked near this mosque so it was the first thing of interest we saw in Matmata. Like most mosques in Tunisia's smaller towns, this was closed to non Muslims so we could only admire it from outside. The brilliant white colour of the mosque looked spectacular against the landscape of Matmata.more
Star Wars: Don't expect neon lights or signposts to point you in the right direction. If our tour guide had not given us directions, we wouldn't have even know that the Star Wars locations were here! Each of the "buildings" is connected to the main entrance by underground tunnels. From above ground, they appear to be enormous holes in the ground...more
It just looks like the road to nowhere, "lost in space". There is nothing in front and you have left nothing behind, just a rocks all around. The desert landscape is amazing, pure magic, far away from all my previous "knowledge" about the deset. This is where we can learn how small the menkind is.more