Star Wars Filming Locations in Tunisia

Columns in front of the moon in Tunis Tunisia
Tunisia

Avid Star Wars fans know that there are many Star Wars filming locations in Tunisia. Many of the scenes from the six films were shot in the desert regions in the country. When you are visiting Tunisia, you can go to a lot of the places where the movies were filmed and see things like the Dune Sea first-hand.

Most of the Star Wars filming sites are concentrated around Tozeur in the western part of the country. There is an airport there, so it is easy to get to from Tunis. It is a good place to base yourself on your Star Wars tour of Tunisia.

Tozeur is famous for sites including Lars’ Homestead in Chott El-Jerid, and La Grande Dune, which is where the Dune Sea was filmed in Star Wars Episode IV.

To the north of Tozeur you can see Star Wars filming locations like Chott el Gharsa. There you can find places like Camel Head Rock, which overlooks the area where the pod race scenes were filmed in Episode I.

Also in the area are the Yardangs, sandstone rocks that jut out of the water. This site was used as the location for the filming of the light saber battle between between Darth Maul and Qui-Gonn in Episode I.

Not far from there is the Mos Espa set, where things like Anakin’s Slave house, the pod racing track, and Jira’s Nook were filmed.

Other Star Wars filming locations in Tunisia include various spots on the island of Djerba in the Gulf of Gabes. This location also has an airport, so it is easy to get to when you are visiting Tunisia. Sites on Djerba include Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hut near Ajim and the location where Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker enter Mos Eisley in Sidi Jemour.

Map of Carthage in Tunisia

Below is a map of Carthage in Tunisia. The map is of the archaeological ruins in Carthage, and pinpoints various sightseeing highlights and important places to visit.

The map of Carthage shows the museum, which is on a hill and has great views of the sea in addition to its abundance of historical treasures. It also shows various locations around the area, including the aqueducts, baths, an amphitheater, and houses.

When in Carthage, keep in mind that distances are far. It is possible to walk between some destinations, but others require you to take the train or a taxi between them. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time to see all that the map of Carthage has to offer when you are visiting Tunisia.

Map of the ruins in Carthage, Tunisia

Best Day Trips from Tunis

The beautiful architecture of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia on a day trip from Tunis
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

There are some great day trips from Tunis if you have time to explore the surrounding area while visiting Tunisia.

One of the best day trips is to visit the ancient ruins of Carthage. Located just a short train or taxi ride away from the Tunis city center, Carthage is full of great archaeological sites and historical treasures. The ruins are spread over a vast area, and deserve a full day to be explored.

To get around to the various sites in Carthage, you can take the train or a taxi. If you are in the area at lunchtime, don’t miss the chance to try the excellent cuisine on the balcony of the Philipe Strack Villa Didon, which has great views over the sea below.

Another great day trip from Tunis is Sidi Bou Said. The town is picture pretty with its iconic blue and white buildings. You can get there by train or taxi from Tunis, and climb the hill up to the town. From there you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Mediterranean.

While visiting Sidi Bou Said, make sure to visit the shops to look at the handicrafts and pick up souvenirs for family and friends back home. There are also great cafes and restaurants in Sidi Bou Said where you can enjoy a lunch or coffee break while on your day trip from Tunis.