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Around Matmata
Surely the most beautiful sight of the whole of Tunisia is the changing landscape while travelling from El Jem to Matmata! First you see trees, then just scrubs, then flat plains, then palms, and finally the ground begins to flow into hills. The flow becomes erratic, forcing the palms into little canyon oases and leaving the bare rocks in the bright sun. No sand dunes yet. We'll save them for later.

Matmata is a middle-sized town in the rocky hills at the far eastern corner of the Atlas mountains. It is located in a stunning, wrinkled landscape of bare dry canyons and although the scenery is perhaps the most spectacular of the entire country, people are pulled to Matmata for an entirely different reason.

Old Matmata is famous for its troglodyte houses, which are basically holes dug in the ground to keep things cool. Like living in the walls of a crater! Here you can spend the night in a troglodyte hotel! (which we did not do, unfortunately) And you can visit the film location of Luke Skywalker's home (which we also did not do). What we did do, was visiting a typical interesting troglodite house that was still in use. It was kind of a tourist trap, with the inhabitants walking around for show. Hope to see more next time I'm in the neighborhood. I would very much like to return to this town once in my life. :-)


misstravel89 says:
Ik ook! Is mooi daar toch?
Posted on: Dec 17, 2008
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Around Matmata
Around Matmata
Stage 1: small trees
Stage 1: small trees
Stage 2: palm trees
Stage 2: palm trees
Stage 3: flowing landscape
Stage 3: flowing landscape
The valley of Matmata
The valley of Matmata
a typical troglodite house.
a typical troglodite house.
Landscape near Matmata
Landscape near Matmata
Landscape near Matmata
Landscape near Matmata
Landscape near Matmata
Landscape near Matmata
Troglodyte house
Troglodyte house
Troglodyte house
Troglodyte house
Troglodyte house
Troglodyte house
Troglodyte house
Troglodyte house
Troglodyte house. Notice the signs…
Troglodyte house. Notice the sign…
Matmata
photo by: maycek