Welcome to Matmata
The village's most famous resident is not a local however – or even native to this planet. A Matmata troglodyte house was used as Luke Skywalker's house in the original Star Wars film. Residents and tourism officials have eagerly embraced this fact, and it’s sometimes hard to tell whether Matmata's visitors are more excited by the Star Wars connection or the unusual architecture.
Note that there are two Matmatas: the old village with the troglodyte homes is Ancienne Matmata (Matmata Qadimal in Arabic). Matmata Nouvelle (Matmata Jdid) is 16km away and is the main transport hub.
Check reliable travel advice before visiting – some Western governments currently advise against non-essential travel to this part of Tunisia.