Tunisia has an enormous cultural heritage, a vestige of its vast history as a route between East and West in Northern Africa. It boasts seven UNESCO World Heritage places and monuments that attest to this cultural wealth: the ruins of Carthage (founded by the Phoenicians and destroyed then rebuilt by the Romans), the archaeological site of Dougga (a city of Roman origin with a well preserved, spectacular theater with more than 3,500 seats, or the imposing Temple of Juno. El Jem (an extraordinarily well-preserved urban setting that contains an impressive Colosseum inspired by the one in Rome) and Kerkouane (a small Punic Pompeii dating from the 3rd century BC), as well as spectacular medinas in Tunis, Kairouan and Sousse, each with its own particularities. Other highlights in Tunisia include its impressive landscapes, from the long Mediterranean coast, including the island of Djerba (the island of the Lotus eaters in Homer’s Odyssey) and which is accessed by a road suspended over the sea, passing through the Grand Ergh Oriental and the always impressive desert with its dunes. The palm groves of Douz between rivers of sand. The small oases of El Chott El-Jerid and its spectacular canyons between mountain roads. The cities of Tamerza and Mides, or the Ksour; the Berber cities carved out of stone with their peculiar ghorfas, designed for grain storage.
Tunisia’s vast expanses of sand and rock inspired George Lucas to use them as a backdrop for his Star Wars films, Tattaoine served him as the arid lands of the planet Tatooine, shelter of the sand dwellers. Today, you can still visit the sets built for the famous saga: from the city of Mos Espa, the exteriors of the Lars’ homestead, Anakin Skywalker’s house, or the Mos Eisley canteen (on the island of Djerba). And if we visit Matmata we will discover that many locals dress in the cloaks that Lucas borrowed for the Jedi Knights’ get-up. In short, an absolute paradise for lovers of the roughest terrain, in a simply spectacular setting.