Matmata’s houses are entirely dug underground. The centre of each house is an open-air courtyard. The family’s daily life takes place all around, in vaulted, whitewashed rooms.
These subterranean houses are cold in summer and warm in winter. One of them is famous: it is the Lars’ house in Star Wars – today, the hotel Sidi Driss.
Matmata is surrounded by a moonscape dotted with craters – the courtyards of the houses. Perched on hilltops, white mausoleums overlook the valleys: Ksar Beni Issa, Lella Talkouast… worth visiting to enjoy breathtaking views of the whole area.