Tataouine is located in southern Tunisia and famous for the trogolodyte buildings of the native Berber population. It is also the place that George Lucas used as a backdrop for part of his Star Wars films. I visited for the ‘Festival of the Ksour Saharien’, a music and cultural festival held in the desert, and a perfect opportunity to experience Berber culture first-hand. A side-trip to Djerba, also known as the  ‘Island of the Lotus-Eaters’, where Odysseus almost lost his men to the seductive honey-sweet fruit, was where I discovered the wonderful silver-smithing of the Berbers.


Read my features on the travel pages of the Time Out website, and in the trade travel magazine Selling Longhaul.

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