From coast to desert during the Festival of Sacrifice
Matmata Travel Blog› entry 3 of 9 › view all entries
December 8th, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
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. :-)
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