Matmata has one of Tunisia’s most unusual village landscapes: it’s a place of underground homes burrowed into the rock.

At this place the Berber people dig their homes out of the ground for more than 1000 years. There are more than 100 underground houses, there is even a subterranean hotel now.

The houses are built around artificial craters, 5 to 10 m deep, with doors and windows in the steep walls towards the crater. Those craters look like a patio or a Roman atrium, and the lower part of the walls is often painted white. Sometimes several of those craters are connected by a labyrinth of tunnels.

It was one of the locations for the filming of «Star Wars». The home of Luke Skywalker is actually an underground hotel named «Sidi Driss» the bedrooms are caves hollowed out from the rock.

Film «La soif noire», an adaptation of the book from Swiss author Hans Ruesch starring Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto.

Road transport

Located about 365 km south of Tunis.

Matmata lies about 45 min from Gabes.