Boasting an impressive array of beaches, diverse natural beauty and historic towns, Tunisia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. This country is known for the Berber culture and well-preserved Islamic architecture.
Movie buffs can follow in the footsteps of Luke Skywalker in the underground houses that dot the landscape around Matmata. Made famous by "Star Wars", these traditional Berber homes can be found in an arid landscape of southern Tunisia.
In the desert you can still find the buildings that were used for shooting scenes from the fictional planet of Tatooine. The most famous leftover "Star Wars" set is the Hotel Sidi Driss, which was the setting of Luke Skywalker's teenage home. Sidi Bouhlel canyon also acted as a number of locations in Star Wars during scenes on the desert planet of Tatooine. Chenini and the surrounding Tataouine district are also associated with the Star Wars film series.
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How to get there:
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Where to stay:
For a very authentic experience in Matmata, we encourage you to stay at Au Trait d’Union Tijma with excellent reviews, spectacular surroundings and breakfast included. Set 5 km from Cave Museum, the property offers a garden and a terrace. Guests at this comfortable troglodytic site can enjoy a continental breakfast. There is an on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of local dishes. A car rental service is available at this property.
In Sousse we recommend you to book 4* Marhaba Beach with excellent reviews. This 4-star hotel offers 2 swimming pools, a 2-minute walk away. It offers a spa including massage treatments, a thalassotherapy centre and a show twice a week. Each en suite room includes a balcony with a view of the garden or the sea. All the air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Marhaba Beach have satellite TV and a fridge. Each morning a buffet breakfast is available. The hotel offers a choice of 3 restaurants, snack bars and 5 bars, including a bar on the beach. Other services include a fitness centre, kids club and a beauty centre. Located 3 km from central Sousse and its train station, this hotel is a 30-minute drive from Monastir–Habib Bourguiba International Airport. It also provides free parking and a tour desk.
What to do:
Tunisia is not just a place for vacations, it is a perfect destination for outdoor activities. One of the best adventures available is horseback riding.
Head out to the Sahara Desert for a camel ride, off-road jeep ride and under-the-stars sleepover.
Discover the leftover “Star Wars” sets, like Matmata and Sidi Bouhlel. The second location was also featured in other famous movies, such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The English Patient”.
Go shopping in one of the famous souks. Within the walls of the Medina in Tunis, you’ll find a bustling market, full of local ceramics, leatherwork, and metalwork.
Beach lovers should make a trip to Hammamet, Tunisia’s top sun-and-sea resort. You can sunbathe on the soft, white sand beside a bright blue Mediterranean Sea. Monastir is another major tourist resort on the central coast of Tunisia. Skanes is known mostly for its professional golf courses, sandy beaches and clear blue sea.
Take a trip to El Djem to see one of the best preserved amphitheatres on the world. Check out an underground part which showcases the tunnels that were once the home of gladiators.
Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Mountain Oasis, with waterfalls, streams and palm trees.
Discover the ruins of ancient Carthage, founded in the 9th century B.C.
Explore the 15th-century Ksar Ouled Soltane in Tataouine – the fortifications built completely of dry mud.
Pay a visit to Kairouan, regarded as the fourth most important holy city for Muslims. Founded in 670, this ancient mosque is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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