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Dougga

Dougga

Dougga is the site of ancient Roman ruins situated in Tunisia, 100km west of the capital city of Tunis. Dougga backpacking tours are a must for any traveller with ancient ruins and a fascinating heritage, and are ideal for day trips on Tunisia getaways.

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Matmata

Matmata

Matmata is a small village in southern Tunisia where Berbers live in traditional troglodyte homes. Even though Matmata was only discovered in 1967 it's said that the town has a much longer history than that. Rumour has it that in ancient times, the Roman Empire sent Egyptian tribes to make their homes in the Matmata region where people already lived. The residents abandoned their homes and dug themselves cave dwellings. At night the village residents would creep out of the holes in the earth and attack invaders. That's what the word on the street is at least.

Matmata

Star Wars was shot it Matmata and for that reason it's travellers have been travelling to the area for years. The town is still home to real props that were used in the movie all those years ago.

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Matmata postcard

This village is a place to go if you want to see some really budget housing! People called Berbers lived here (and some still do). They literally lived in caves. Matmata a pretty hilly place which is apparently very convenient for digging out a nice little cave apartment. It also serves well as a hideaway from the constant heat.

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Matmata Berbers

Here we have a photo of Berber locals outside of their troglodite-type houses in Matmata.

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Matmata

Here we get a pretty good picture of the dry landscape that surrounds the city of Matmata.

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Matmata

Matmata's fame as a movie shooting location lead to locations erecting a Hollywood-style sign of the town's name. 

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Whether you're a Star Wars fan, or someone who is simply interested in unusual architecture, Matmata is definitely a place of interest to mark off on your travel map.

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Nefta

Nefta

Nefta is an oasis town found in southwestern Tunisia. The town is close to the area's saline lake - Chott El-Jarid which generates an important supply of phosphates. Nefta is an ancient city bursting with its own unique character. Walking around the town it feels like you've stepped in a time machine and climbed out in Nefta when it existed hundreds of years ago.

Nefta Alley

Image by Veronique Debord

Nefta is home to loads of mosques and hundred of marabouts (which are Muslim saints). The most popular attraction in Nefta is the renowned Sufi site which makes the town the second holiest in Tunisia.

Nefta landscape

Neft is a town that's serious about its date-growing and is rather famous for its palm wine made from the dates.

Image by Veronique Debord

Nefta's old city

As a religious town, mosques are sprinkled throughout the town. You'll also find the tombs and shrines and the tombs of many local holy figures in the Sufi centre.

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Nefta life

Nefta's neighbour, Tozeur is a tad more touristy even though it's managed to preserve its medina where traditional old residences are hidden.

Image by Veronique Debord

Nefta

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As an oasis town, Nefta has to get its water source from somewhere. That somewhere is a cirque of springs known as the Corbeille de Nefta.

Nefta is an extremely religious town in Tunisia that offers travellers a peek into Muslim culture within an oasis town.

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Tunis

Tunis

Tunis is the small but interesting capital city of Tunisia in North Africa. Attractions on Tunis backpacking tours include markets, museums and theaters.

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